Monday, October 30, 2006

Blue Dot interview by Robert Scoble

We got the chance to meet Robert a couple of weeks ago, and he just posted his video interview. Kabir and Mohit explain what Blue Dot is all about, and Derek and I jump in to fill in some more info and background. One thing that we talked about during the taping was our ability to share dots selectively with just a sub-set of your friends. We think that's pretty important to some of our users so they can use one tool to share things for both personal and work scenarios (wish-lists vs. competitive info). If you've not seen how to create a friend list in Blue Dot, here's what you have to do:
  1. Select the People tab, then click on My Friends (shortcut).
  2. Find the "Organize Friends" box on the right.
  3. Type a name for your sub-group (e.g., Work, Family, Funny), and click "Create Friend List".
  4. Now check the box next to each of your friends you want to be in this friend list, and click Save Changes.

That's it. Now, to publish a dot just to this group, the next time you click Dot This!, pick the name of your friend list in the "Share with" drop-down. This dot will only be visible to you and the people in the friend list; none of your other friends will be able to see it.

We also announced the Beta of our mobile search product - Blue Dot/mobile. If you have a web-enabled mobile phone, just go to:

and you can search your (and your friends) dots no matter where you are. It's handy for finding recommended restaurants when you're out and about.


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