You are probably here because you are considering what to do after Google Reader goes Kaboom! Thanks for considering BlogBridge! Here’s some of the things you should know about us:
Unlike Google Reader, BlogBridge is a desktop app. You double click on your desktop (Windows, Mac or Linux) and it opens a nice window with drag and drop and buttons and so on, just like you are used to.
No kidding, BlogBridge has THE most flexible ways to keep up with your feeds –Smart
Feeds, that give your rich filtering of info based on a wide range of properties. Star ratings that let you organize feeds by how valuable you feel they are, What’s Hot to pull out the most important posts from your posts, Cleanup Wizard to flexibly delete stuff that is cluttering up your life
OPML and Import/export which allows you to pull all your Google Reader subscriptions over with ease. Export is important because you don’t want to get locked into any tool, including BlogBridge.
Very fancy support for people who write as well as read blogs. Directly from inside BlogBridge you can post to twitter, or your own blog, as well as other tools. You can use tagging services like delicious.com as well.
Here is a new episode in our continuing series of video guides. In this guide, our hero (Pito) shows how efficiently you can collect information from an article to subscribe to six or seven bloggers mentioned.
“Here’s a look at over 30 content curation tools (mostly free, but some paid/professional tools as well) that will help you cut through the clutter of your information stream to find the gems. Each tool mentioned below has unique strengths, and none are exactly like any other. Whether you’re just looking to augment your personal blog with some free tools, or are seriously considering a paid content curation platform for your business, you’re likely to find a useful solution in the list below.” (from30+ Cool Content Curation Tools for Personal & Professional Use
They recommend BlogBridge with the following note:
“A tool for true info-junkies who want a better way to wrangle all their RSS feeds from blogs and news into one pretty cool organizer. An easy to use/easy to manage way of trawling through hundreds of blogs and pulling out the best nuggets.”
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they may be.” — Admiral Jim Stockdale”
I have exciting news. We have released a new beta build of BlogBridge with IMO awesome new twitter support. This is bringing us another step to being the ultimate personal social media dashboard.
You can try the new features without perturbing your normal BlogBridge use by simply clicking on the link to the BlogBridge Weekly Release. Follow the steps and you will be taken through the installation steps. N.B. None of your feeds will automatically come over. This is a separate release with its own sync database.
It is as if you were installing BlogBridge on a different computer. So all you need to do is to go to the Tools menu, choose BlogBridge Service… and set up your email and password there, and do a sync.
To find the new stuff, look here:
Choose Preferences, and look at the Twitter Tab. You will find full authentication support to connect BlogBridge to your Twitter account.
Create SmartFeed: Choose Twitter Search. You can create three types of Twitter Feed:
A feed of all the tweets that match a specific twitter query,
A feed of all the tweets that are on your own timeline
And coolest of all IMO, a feed of all the tweets from a user’s (like your own) twitter list
While you are looking at any item in BlogBridge, choose the Article/TweetThis menu item. You can tweet directly from BlogBridge. You may include a link or the full text of a an item you are looking at.
Within any Twitter Feed (as described in (2) above) you see the Tweets requested.
Hover over a name and you will see information about the user.
Click on Reply to directly reply to the tweet in Twitter
Coolest: Click on Full Text (if you see the button) to see the page that the tweet was mentioning, right there before your eyes.
That is all for now. I wanted to make a brief announcement to get people going but there will be more detailed instructions and help soon.
As always please send your comments, and especially your bug reports to firstname.lastname@example.org