Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Dear Daryl Lorette

We had a member-driven idea. And we think you'll love it.

What would happen if your newest post was Dugg and all your friends at BlogCatalog knew about it? And then what would happen if they Dugg it too, letting all of their friends know it. That would be pretty powerful, right?

In the next couple of days, BlogCatalog is launching Social Dashboard beta, a new feature that displays your latest activities across many social networks — Digg, Flickr, Last.fm, Twitter, YouTube, and many others. That means automatic cross-networking and promotion right from your personal profile page. It also means that the your post updates, Twitter comments, Digg submissions, and other activities will appear on the Social Dashboard of all your BlogCatalog friends, and maybe their friends too. This is the kind of networking that can make posts go viral. And that's just for starters.Our Dashboard will help you keep up on the activities of your friends. It's almost like having the ultimate social network feed reader made up of your friends. In fact, everyone here at the BlogCatalog team thinks you'll love it. It will help you streamline networking and stay up to date with friends across the Web. When they upload a new Flickr photo or submit a new article to Digg, you will know and you can then share it with your friends.

Use it promote your activities. Use it to keep up on friends.

We also think Social Dashboard will strengthen the BlogCatalog community for you. It helps make profile pages much more dynamic, giving people a reason to visit them again and again. It's what some bloggers told us they wanted.

Now, we would like to know what you think. Let us know after the launch. If you like it, great! If not, it's super easy to opt out. We don't think you will, but it really will give other members a reason to visit your profile page. They'll be able to check for blog updates, Twitter messages, Flickr photo updates, Digg submissions, your YouTube videos and whatever else you might want to share. And by sharing with them, they might share with their friends.

We'll be rolling out a beta version in the next few days. Please watch for it. And, let us know what you think!

The BlogCatalog Team

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