October 22, 2009

BlogBridge 6.7, continued support

Filed under: BlogBridge — Pito Salas on 7:40 pm

Just a quick note that we just released BlogBridge 6.7. It’s a small maintenance release with a few small features, and also a Mac Snow Leopard compatibility issues. You can see the list of changes here. For current BlogBridge users, the update should be automatic. Please contact us if you experience any difficulties.

If you are not familiar with BlogBridge, check this out.

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October 7, 2009

6.7 Final

Filed under: History Of Changes — Aleksey Gureiev on 11:30 am
  • Updates and fixes to Cleanup Wizard
  • Updates to the SmartFeed properties dialog
  • Added manual update mode option to feed properties
  • Added mobility flag to guide properties (for BlogBridge iPhone)
  • Resolved Snow Leopard compatibility issues
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May 8, 2009

Recommended Blog: Virology Blog

Filed under: BlogBridge — Pito Salas on 11:51 am

I am going to be starting to post blogs that I discover that are particularly good or interesting, just as an added service to BlogBridge users.

The Virology Blog, “About Viruses and Viral Disease”, sounds a bit of a downer doesn’t it? But it is well written and informative and quite relevant today. I recommend it.

Note: If you are using BlogBridge then you can simply right click on the link above and choose “Subscribe to This Feed” and you will subscribe to that feed. One click! Cool eh?

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May 6, 2009

Why Twitter Matters & The Left Should Be Nervous

Filed under: BlogBridge — Pito Salas on 8:19 am

Check this post Why Twitter Matters & The Left Should Be Nervous from techPresident:

I have, for several months now, seen a string of posts and tweets from these same lefty friends that are either mocking or dismissive of the Conservatives nascent efforts on Twitter. Here’s one example courtesy of TechPresident’s own Micah Sifry.

“It’s positively quaint to listen to Republicans murmur optimistically about their “dominance” on Twitter. #polc09, #tcot, #p2″

The very first time I saw a comment like that, it reminded me immediately of comments I had seen and heard before. They were the openly dismissive comments directed by complacent and cocky Republicans at the Democrats efforts online. Average: 0 Your rating: None (from: Why Twitter Matters & The Left Should Be Nervous)

I continue to follow interesting blog posts about whether Twitter ‘matters‘ or not. What do you think? And how useful is the Twitter support (both posting and following) on BlogBridge for you?

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May 3, 2009

Are RSS Readers Passé?

Filed under: BlogBridge — Pito Salas on 10:33 am

Here’s an interesting perspective from Slate:

“[...]But RSS started to bring me down. You know that sinking feeling you get when you open your e-mail and discover hundreds of messages you need to respond to—that realization that e-mail has become another merciless chore in your day?[...]” (from Slate Magazine)

Of course we here at BlogBridge strenuously disagree :)

  • If you need to read hundreds of blogs, say as part of your job, then there’s no other choice than using a powerful reader like BlogBridge
  • Also, don’t think as blog reading like email reading. There’s no reason to read every single post in blogs you care about! You can skim, you can use SmartFeeds to identify posts that talk about what you care about and just read those, you can rate and rank your feeds.
  • Remember also that RSS readers nowadays are much more than RSS readers. BlogBridge especially sits as kind of your high productivity cockpit in the middle of the avalanche of content, blogs, news, tweets, tags, and so on and so forth, and also allows you to be very efficient about contributing and responding back over each of those channels.

So yes, if you read 5 or 10 feeds then an RSS Reader is mostly a pain, but if you are required to keep up with hundreds and even thousands of feeds, then something like BlogBridge is priceless!

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May 2, 2009

Buzzword: Twitter quitter

Filed under: BlogBridge — Pito Salas on 8:57 am

Yeah! we are rightfully proud of our new support for Twitter. We offered it because our users need it and want it. The truth is that personally I am not a big fan of twitter. So I was amused today to read this post Buzzword: Twitter quitter from CR Electronics Blog:

I confess: I am a Twitter quitter. Despite the meteoric rise of this micro-blogging site among news organizations, celebrities, and politicians, I found it remarkably easy to stop using it. At first I felt guilty. I read newspapers online. I’m on Facebook. I text (albeit not with those insipid abbrevi8shnz). Twitter should have come naturally to me. It didn’t.

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April 30, 2009

Synchronizing to Google Reader?

Filed under: BlogBridge — Pito Salas on 9:46 am

We get a request now and then to allow BlogBridge to synchronize directly with Google Reader. Looks like our esteemed competitor FeedDemon (and one of the few left standing in the client-side blog reader category) has gone ahead and implemented this feature.

For us, given that our revenue model (ahem, such as it is) relies on hard-core users to be willing to pay a tiny bit for server sync, this is a more difficult proposition. I wonder, if we offered this feature, would folks expect it to be part of the ‘free’ BlogBridge, or be willing to pay for a basic ($5/3 months) subscription for the capability?Here’s a quote from this LifeHacker article:

The Big Showdown between Google Reader’s web-based convenience and FeedDemon’s speedy, customizable client may become moot. The latest FeedDemon beta now supports synchronizing with Google Reader, giving RSS addicts the best of both worlds. (from LifeHacker)

So, tell us, what do you think?

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March 2, 2009

BlogBridge 6.6 Reviewed in The App Gap

Filed under: BlogBridge — Pito Salas on 11:50 am

Bill Ives, writing on App Gap, covers our latest release of BlogBridge where we’ve added rich support for Twitter:

Pito said that the latest release, BlogBridge 6.6, comes with Twitter support. This makes a lot of sense as Twitter is often used to share blog links. After all, what can you do in 140 characters? Now I like Twitter but see it primarily as a way to point to things.  I find interesting stuff through Twitter. A RRS reader is another way to discovery stuff that you can then share through twitter.” (from The App Gap)

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February 27, 2009

DataRSS - Early Ideas

Filed under: BlogBridge, Developers — Pito Salas on 12:21 pm

As some of you may know, I”ve been digging into what”s become known as “government transparency” - that is, the effort among many to make more information generated inside government become visible and usable by the public (broadly speaking: citizens, the press, and others.)

In doing this I am struck by the variety (many similar but still different) ways to access information that is being served up as part of a “web services API” or a “REST API”. This has inspired me to see some parallels between the current scene and what led to the original invention of RSS, a format/protocol that we here at BlogBridge have spent many years working with.

You may be interested in this paper. (By the way, as an experiment I am publishing it on the Scripd site to see if that helps or hinders things. You may be interested in the site yourself.

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February 26, 2009

6.6.1 Final

Filed under: History Of Changes — Aleksey Gureiev on 2:27 am
  • Fixes application hanging when showing some feeds
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