A rexblog feature I’m enjoying – mybloglog.com

(Note to those reading this via RSS – you’ll have to click through to my blog for this to make sense.) A week or so ago, I added a little code to the right sidebar of the rexblog that displays the photos of those who visit this page who are registered on a social-networking service called MyBlogLog.com. I was anticipating some problems with it as I’m leary of anything that has the potential of displaying a graphic on this site without at least chance of me previewing it. Despite my doubts and fears, so far it has been fun to watch who shows up over there. For example, I just noticed the photo of a person who got lots of money from Google today. That’s pretty cool that you can write a post about someone and then see their photo pop up as they come see what the heck you’ve written. It might not work on a heavily traffic’d site with dozens of photos streaming by, but it sure helps add a little hominess here. And it’s one of the first things I’ve seen that makes me want to actually visit a blog rather than read it through a newsreader.

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  • I have a post on MyBlogLog brewing in my mind too. I think that my site might not have enough traffic for the images to be meaningful at all. I have had it installed on my blog for 3 or 4 days and I only have 3 pictures showing 😉

  • Rex Hammock

    Jackson, I wouldn’t be so quick. I just surfed by your site and saw the avatar of one of Web 2.0s best-known VCs.

  • Jackson,

    At MyBlogLog, we find that blogging about the Recent Readers widget and encouraging people to join your community works well to get things kicked off. It’s also our job to get so many people into the system that all your readers happen to be there, even if they are very casual about your site. It’s early, but we’re working hard and might be able to deliver that goal over the coming months.

    Scott

  • Rex Hammock

    See, Jackson. It worked for me. I blogged about the widget thing and one of the founders drops by. This whole social-networking thing is really dandy.

  • “It might not work on a heavily traffic’d site with dozens of photos streaming by, but it sure helps add a little hominess here.”

    This is actually one of the things I’m happiest about. Faces in the reader roll are fleeting, like footprints on a beach. The widget enables you to temporarily leave your mark on a site, but it’s not something that lingers for a long time. Too much permanence and it becomes creepy. The goal of MyBlogLog is to provide a catalyst for engaging readers and authors (or readers and readers) without becoming to obtrusive. It sounds like it’s working out well here 🙂

    “It worked for me. I blogged about the widget thing and one of the founders drops by.”

    Two! If you get Todd to swing by we’ll need to award you some sort of prize 🙂

  • Rex Hammock

    Wow, Eric. You’re real. (Note: Eric is the default contact when one signs up on MyBlogLog). I wasn’t ready to buy a Tee-shirt or anything, but earlier today I “un-contacted” Eric (before this whole thread began) but left the door open for Eric to re-contact with me if he’d did it in a non-defaulting way. Well, short story long, after his drive-by commenting here, I’ve decided to rejoin the fold of Eric‘s 17,000 contacts.

  • We didn’t start the “Eric is MyBlogLog’s Tom” thing for the first week or so and during that time, there was nothing cooler than getting an email saying that someone made me their friend. Then I became everyone’s friend and stopped receiving those emails. This makes my day.

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