January 20, 2009
Twingly is a Swedish company that previously launched a blog search engine and expanded the concept with a Top 100 list as well as Twingly BlogRank. The company also does widgets for sites that want to incorporate the blogosphere comments on their stories, widely used in Scandinavia on newspaper sites especially.
The logical next step would be a microblog search engine, right? At least Twingly thinks so, because they just rolled it out (and hitting TechCrunch at that). You can give it a go yourself.
As you can see, Twingly Microblog Search include results from Twitter, Jaiku, Identi.ca, Bleeper, Bloggy, and even the Pownce archives (site discontinued). They are also urging people to let them know if they want other microbloggin services included in the search result, so if you roll your own you should get in touch. read more
Tags: Martin Källström, microblogs, Search Engines, Twingly, Twingly Microblog Search
July 29, 2008
As we explore our blogs and clean out the clutter in this ongoing series on WTF Blog Design Clutter, we’ve looked at the pros and cons of blog clutter with too many “friend” pictures and badges, calendar archives, and most recent comments and shout boxes. Remember that clutter is in the eye of the beholder – the visiting user – not necessarily the blogger. What we see when we visit and use our blogs is not necessarily what the visitor and return reader see or experience. We need to explore our blog’s design through their eyes to help them use and read our blogs.
The usability factor in web design is critical. We often add design elements (widgets and gadgets specifically) to our blog for fun or novelty. We’re flush with the excitement of the latest and hottest whizzbang goodie and we want to share the fun on our blogs. If your blog is getting cluttered with a lot of WordPress Plugins, Widgets, Gadgets, Scripts, and whizzbangs, maybe it’s time to analyze these design elements to find out which ones are most important to your blog and its users – and which one are just clutter.
Today, I want to explore the pros and cons of microblog clutter on your blogs. Are you microblogging?
Tags: blog cleaning, blog clutter, Blog Design, blog housekeeping, Blog Relationships, Blogging, clean your blog, microblog, Microblogging, microblogs, sidebar clutter, tumblr, Twitter, web design, wtf