.TEXT Suggested Features

Today there are over 400 bloggers on blogs.msdn.com.  Over the last two months there have been 150 MS blogs added.  We're going to be over a thousand before you know it!  But with the good comes the bad. 

  1. Posts are going to scroll off the main feed and home page at a lightening fast rate.  This means some of the best content could get pushed down without proper attention because of timing.  It's already starting to happen to some people.

  2. The list on the left hand side is going to be longer than the page.

  3. If I'm a VB guy who writes database winforms apps which blogs should I subscribe to and what content should I already be aware of?

But hey, where there are problems there are potential solutions.  

  • Self categorization: I have a list of categories for my posts. So does everyone else.  Why not list these categories on one page for everyone. Sort categories with more than one posters using them near the top.  This list might be a mess for a while, but you could be smart and group related words like Dev/Developer/Development, etc.  Bloggers might then also choose to rename their categories to make the list better. 

  • Ok, that was my wild idea. The more reasonable idea would be to have the msdn bloggers self select what their categories are based on team, role, and primary/secondary post topics. 

  • Recommended Reading: People who read this blogger also liked these bloggers created automatically ala amazon. You could also do this on a per post basis. People who liked this post also read these posts.

  • The Top Most: Create a set of top three lists. Top three most read posts today. Top three most commented posts today.  Top three ...

  • Rated Posts: Allow readers to rate posts on a 1-5 scale.  Give people access to feeds like “Rated 5 Posts”.  If you combine good ratings with good categories you answer my third problem. 

Comments (5)
  1. Jan says:

    Searching in a specific blog would be nice too. Now I have to use Google to search in my own blog!

  2. Hi Josh,

    In the next build you should have:

    1. Global Categories. These will be an addition set of categories you can add your posts too. As the global name suggests these will be the same for everyone and allow users to subscribe to a single feed.

    2. Rated Posts. I believe this is also in the works as well.

    3. Groupings. In addition to the MS Employee or Not MS Employee feeds, there will be feeds grouped by ASP.NET, .NET, VB, etc (blogs will be able to be in more than one group)

    4. Global search and individual blog search. (month old example: http://scottwater.com/tempsearch)

    The "Top Most" is an interesting idea I will see if I can fit in. There is also a bunch of ther goodies on the way as well 🙂


  3. AT says:

    a) I preffer new feature added for delivery of messages.

    Currently in case if trying to get new posts from over 200-300 blogs on one site – it takes pretty long to serve each reguest.

    I preffer all thouse requests merged into one big (or several middle size – let say 20-30 blogs per request). Request will constain last version/timestamp for each blogs I need.

    Answer from server must give me new postings and updates to existing one.

    For such a big and consolidated sites like blogs.msdn.com and weblogs.asp.net it will be clear benefit.

    b) It will be nice to see blog move marker automaticaly recognized by feed readers and updating subscribed blog to new URL. Example – user moved to another server or typo in name.

    c) New kind of markers can be "Dead marker" (to clearly show that this blog no longer feeded) and "Duplicate of .." (to show that user has exactly the same messages on another location)

    d) Or another concept – GUIDs for all the bloggers and central database with their current URLs and status.

  4. josh ledgard says:

    Wow, sounds like a bunch of this cool stuff is on its way or already being done in some places. Can’t wait to see it on this site!

    I agree with the comments about a need for duplicate post markers. I get some posts three times. From the persons feed, from the main feed, and from the feedster searches I run on a regular basis.

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