A Recent Popular Post, Tracked by BlogRize
Notes On Google Reader Shares Get Into BlogRize
As Jesse wrote me in an e-mail last week, "The fundamental nature of having communities built around individual blogs is unchanged." But it is definitely operating at a higher level. BlogRize is now following about 10,000 different blogs, and tracks links between each blog, which factors into posts' ranking algorithm. Much like Technorati, Google and Techmeme operate on the guise of frequently-linked posts having higher quality, BlogRize does the same.
But beyond blogs, BlogRize also allows you to pull in your Google Reader shared items and comments, so your comments can be attached to their original sources. If I, for instance, share an item with a note, that note becomes part of my commenting history. As Jesse also wrote, "If your friend makes a comment on one of the stories on the homepage this comment will display in-line on the homepage for easy consumption. The comment only displays once though and for the next page load its gone. All your friends comments can still be seen under friends activity page.)"
BlogRize now describes itself as bringing "today's most interesting web content by harnessing the collective intelligence of communities of people who enjoy reading the same blogs." It's that collective intelligence that has led to the popularity of sites like Techmeme, Digg, ReadBurner and others, but also offers visitors the option to hone in on those blog communities they are part of.
For example, you can join BlogRize and be automatically added to the louisgray.com community here: http://www.blogrize.com/join/louisgray.com. And if you're a blogger, just change the domain name to your own blog, and start building a community today.
Once on BlogRize, you can join new communities, follow fellow users, make comments and vote things up, as you can with other social services. So check out the new BlogRize and see how Jesse's updated the site.