Monday, August 18, 2008

Blogs.com

Six Apart, the world's leading blogging software and services company, announced today the launch of Blogs.com, a destination website that connects readers with the best blogs on a wide array of topics. In order to ensure the highest quality content, Blogs.com relies on a team of passionate editors to choose blogs based on their quality, popularity and relevance. In addition, daily editorials and a weekly newsletter provide readers with a convenient round-up of the latest buzz in the blogosphere.

Blogs.com replaces Rojo.com, the blog aggregation site Six Apart acquired in 2006, and the popular Week in Rojo email newsletter will reinvent itself as the Blogs.com newsletter.

Here's what bloggers are blogging about blogs.com:

People are spending their entire lives trying to figure out how to improve Google rankings and how to get the Holy-Grailish coveted # 1 position. Google just keeps vexing them like the devil incarnate, coming up with new ways for them to sell their souls. I was ready to sign up with that Silicon Valley Satan to get Wireless and Mobile News' Page Views back, roast in hell for eternity for "hits" and then the news about blogs.com came.

Hallelujah! Maybe that angel, Chris Alden and his editors will grant the "new blog on the block" edited by someone with nearly two decades experience a chance at a few pings and new readership. - Lynn Walford

How good / fair /accurate will blogs.com be? Judging from the likes of Felix Salmon, who writes "I'm one of Marc Andreessen's ten favorite blogs, which is amazing. If you're reading this, Marc, come back soon, the blogosphere misses you," it looks like you may have to be "somebody's pal" to get anywhere on the listings.

Blogs.com will also be running top 10 lists of favorite blogs from "celebrities" like Wired editor in chief Chris Anderson and Ning's Marc Andreessen. I put "celebrities" in quotes here because they also asked me to do one. So the bar can't be that high.

One thing you won't see in Blogs.com, at least at launch, is the capability for users to vote items up or down on the system, Digg-like. - Rafe Needleman

To learn more about Blogs.com, go to http://blogs.com.

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