San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) February 22, 2008
BlogCatalog.com (http://www.blogcatalog.com), the fastest-growing social network for bloggers on the Internet, is beta testing a cross-network aggregation feature called Social Dashboard. Social Dashboard allows members who opt-in to track the activities of their friends on Digg, Flickr, Last.fm, Twitter, YouTube, and other social networking sites. It also tracks and displays their individual network activities on their member profile page.
"The Social Dashboard will help bloggers streamline networking and stay up to date with friends across the Web," says Antony Berkman, president of BlogCatalog.com. "All of the information will be aggregated and displayed so they don't have to go back and forth between other social networks just to check for updates."
Berkman said most bloggers visit up to eight social networking sites, just to check for friend updates. The new feature provides one central location to check all of their networks at once. Likewise, it broadcasts to the member's page and their friends Social Dashboard when the member has uploaded a new photo to Flickr, made a comment on Twitter, or submitted an article to Digg.
"Most bloggers want people to know when they Digg a story or post, especially when it's their own," said Berkman. "The Social Dashboard does much more than that. If one of your friends Diggs a story you Digg, all of their friends will be notified too. It's very powerful tool."
Berkman said the concept had already proved popular among premium BlogCatalog.com members. When these members added a comment on Twitter, it appeared at the top of their profile pages, including links to new blog posts. With the Social Dashboard, that same comment will appear on the Social Dashboard of all their friends.
"We also look at it as a way to strengthen the sense of community," said Berkman. "Bloggers tell us they enjoy making friends on BlogCatalog.com and then connecting with those friends on other networks. Social Dashboard will make it easier while making member profile pages more dynamic."
He said the Social Dashboard is BlogCatalog.com's second phase in aggregating information from multiple networks. Its first phase allowed members to link to their profiles on other networks. Since last year, BlogCatalog has been evolving from a blog directory to a vibrant member-driven online community with tools, features, widgets, and forums that help bloggers connect. More than 100,000 approved bloggers interact on BlogCatalog every day.