As reported in my It’s Official: Blog Catalog is Fried post earlier this month, Tony Berkman, Angie Alaniz and their BlogCatalog Team are moving forward with the complete restructuring of the BlogCatalog site. Today BC Team Member, Jason Teitelman made a announcement that caught the few remaining forum addicts off guard. As of June 1st, 2010 (projected date) the moribund BlogCatalog Discussion Forum will be history.
Our goal is to create an environment where:
1. our first value is to be a member driven community
2. to be the hub for “quality” bloggers on the web. Specifically, a place that where bloggers connect more effectively with each other, with their readers, and a place where they can elegantly and effectively promote their blogs; and discover what they do well and feedback about what they can improve.
In essence, we want our members to have more control over their “own” experience — without admins having to say “no” (you never see a twitter admin saying no).
The future for quality bloggers, whether personal blogs or bloggers who make a living from writing, reporting, investigating, etc. is extremely bright. … TonyB > read more here
A Member Driven Community
So a month from now the outdated Blog Catalog discussion forum will be replaced by “Connect,” which will run on FriedEggs.com software. Connect has been designed to give BC members control over who they befriend and follow, and who befreinds and follows them. As Tony Berkman said members will be in total control of who can communicate with them and view their activity records.
This innovative approach will provide BC members with the ability to rid themselves of the creepy spammers, scammers and Adsense click fraud fools, who squeeze through the cracks into blog directories and social networks.
Discussion Forum Replaced by Quality Connections
There will be a site-wide notification as well as an email sent to all BC members before the changes are implemented. What’s intended is that all members current friends will be added to their individual Connect feed to enable to maintaining those relationships. BC Team Member, Jason Teitelman describes Connect this way:
Connect is a more natural and intuitive way to discuss, to share and to connect with your BC friends. Connect will utilize the FriedEggs.com software to create a personalized feed for each member. This feed will display comments, latest blog posts, links, pictures and anything else your BC friends choose to share. — Read the full article here > BlogCatalog Discussions To Be Fried
Get Cracking! Join the Good Eggs at FriedEggs
I’m a member of FriedEggs and have been reconnecting with old friends and making new ones too. None of the Twitter frustrations and limitations exist there. I can actually carry on full conversations, and my FriedEggs posts get pushed out to Twitter immediately after publication. What’s not to love?
Related posts found in this blog:
7 Steps to Effective Networking at Blog Catalog
Submitting Your Blog to Directories: A Primer
Blog Directories for Backlinks and Traffic
Backlinks from blog directories: What is their actual value?
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- It’s Official BlogCatalog is Fried (onecoolsite.wordpress.com)