Okay, now that you have your cool aggregator, what are you going to aggregate? Sure you have your favorite blogs and you don’t mind surfing around to find new stuff. Surfing is part of the fun. Yeah.
But rather than spend all day at the RGB altar, wouldn’t you rather be hiking an Arizona canyon or snorkeling in the Dry Tortugas? Or maybe even…napping?
Why search for what has already been discovered?
A lot of interesting people in the BlogBridge community are happy to share their discoveries. Take, for example, Mark Anderson, a well-known cartoonist. Maybe you’ve seen his work in the Wall Street Journal. His passion is political cartoons. A while back he emailed us and offered to put together a concise list of what he thinks are the smartest political cartoon blogs. It’s an awesome list that you can install on BlogBridge for yourself. So now, if you are interested in cartoons, you don’t have to run around searching–you can use Mark’s list and revise, adjust, expand it for yourself.
Mark is one of BlogBridge’s “experts.” There are many more and they’re willing to share their discoveries with you.
No other aggregator comes with “recommended reading” created by experts who are genuinely passionate, enthusiastic and committed to their subjects.
We’re always adding to the BlogBridge universe of guides—suggestions welcome, although we won’t promise you’ll see the guide of your dreams instantly available. It takes time to coax some experts out of hiding. Speaking of which, if you an expert on something—would you like to develop a guide? We share many guides with our readers and if they’re good, they get to be BlogbBidge expert guides. (Read more about why you should write a guide here—you’d be surprised at what’s in it for you.)
The Guides are what give BlogBridge its super-powers. Our Guides are not computer-generated lists. This is real advice. Good stuff by people who know what they’re talking about.
Many people like to support open source projects like BlogBridge. We are a band (a small band) of committed people (who should be committed) who’ve been working on BlogBridge for a couple of years now. Yes our flagship product BlogBridge is indeed free to users and the source code is available. We do need to make a living though so you will see various products and services that we actually charge for. But the heart and soul of BlogBridge is free and open source!
Yeah, I know everyone says this. BlogBridge is designed for people who need to follow literally hundreds of feeds as part of their jobs. Sometimes I say it’s the aggregator for professionals.
Journalists, PR folks, researchers of all kinds. These are people who really have to follow a tremendous amount of information that is constantly percolating in feeds (blogs and other kinds of feeds) and can’t afford to miss even a single mention of their client or other topic of interest. Clearly they can’t read all that information but they have to read some of it and monitor all of it.
So when we say BlogBridge handles hundreds of feeds, this refers not only to reading them, but also managing them, searching them, placing alerts on them, publishing reading lists based on them. It’s a big deal.
Seriously. This is not complicated. Download. Subscribe to a guide or two or three and you’re good to go. Add your favorite feeds. Delete others. Mix and match. If that feels complicated, don’t worry—we’re here to help. Just email us.
After a while, some but not all of you might enjoy experimenting with some of BlogBridge’s more exotic features and getting funky with RSS. BlogBridge is incredibly powerful and has all kinds of unexpected and unusual abilities just waiting for you to discover them. And if you build something cool that you think BlogBridge should incorporate, we’d love to hear about it.
Also, BlogBridge comes with all kinds of support from FAQs for beginners to user groups for power-users. Just check out the support tab on our home page. If you can’t find what you need, let us know and we’ll try to help you out.
Mac, Linux, Windows—we can do that. Not many RSS aggregators can say that Why, you ask?
Why indeed. Because we believe in access, democracy, and the free flow of information. Because we think people should have really good tools to navigate this huge exuberant experiment we call the World Wide Web. Because whether you are a student with a Mac or a granny with an older HP, a prisoner, a fat cat, a Bulgarian accountant, or the CEO of a white-hot start-up, it should not matter what kind of operating system or computer you have. Good tools should be useful for everyone. It’s just plain wrong to build great stuff for one platform.
Also, if we can toot our own horn for a moment—lots of users in the Unix world have told us that BlogBridge is the best RSS feed reader available on Linux, period. (Read some of their quotations here.) Of course, on certain other platforms we do have some worthy (and some non-free) competition but even there we’ve also developed quite a following. Why? Because, with BlogBridge, you definitely get more than an aggregator. You get the ideas and guidance of real human beings.
And by the way, let’s say you use Windows at the office and a Mac at home and Unix when you go to the lab: if you use different computers at different times of the day, BlogBridge can synchronize your feeds. No one else can do that.
Not surprisingly, BlogBridge is also Open Source.
Read more about our cross-platform capabilities here:
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