Monday, January 22, 2007

Blue Dot Announces Blue Dot Buzz!

We're excited to announce a new service for Blue Dot users - Blue Dot Buzz. Most of our users love sharing their bookmarks with their friends, family, and co-workers. But we didn't previously have a very good way to see what the whole community of Blue Dot users is finding on the web. That's why we created Blue Dot Buzz.
  • Front Page: Our Front Page now has a great summary of what people are finding today on the internet across a variety of the most popular topics. We also have a tag cloud that shows the most popular topics that people are saving dots about in the last 24 hours.
  • Topic based Buzz Pages: Our new Buzz Pages record the most popular dots about almost any topic. You can come back each day, and find new content that is being recommended by the Blue Dot community. Here are some examples:
  • See what others are saying. Whenever you dot something, we'll now show you who else has dotted the same thing. Whenever you see one of your own or a friend's dot, look for the text (and N others) after the user name. You can click on that to see our new URL Detail page to see a summary of what everyone on Blue Dot has to say about that link.
  • In-line Video Players: Many of our users are dotting their favorite videos from YouTube, Google Video, and Metacafe. We've incorporated an in-line video player so you can preview those videos without having to leave the site. I think you'll find it's a great way to quickly see what your friends are sharing - and you can always click on the title of the dot to take you to the full-size original video.
As always, we'd love to hear what you think. Leave your comments here, or send us direct feedback.

BlueDot.Us Going Down for Site Upgrade

We're doing a major site upgrade tonight. Sorry for the service interruption. We plan to have the site back up shortly. Feel free to check back in a couple of hours - we'll have some exciting new features to show you!