reBlogger is many things to many people:
- a content management system (which fills itself with content and creates admin-defined themes for websites)
- an SEO product that is highly optimized so that you can publish your content to your website in the perfect search engine friendly format. It's SEO in a box.
- A research tool helping companies track their own company bloggers, or tracking competitors/product blogs
- An online RSS reader for the individual to track their own interests
This post is about number 4: reBlogger as an online RSS reader.
I'll add a few items to those lists:
- Indicate if the RSS post has something of special interest to the reader. Out of a river-of-news of posts, highlight with a different background color the posts which have keywords that the reader is interested in, so they can go directly to that series of posts
- Context – are there related items that the reader might consider reading?
- SEO friendly – ensure the page that contains the RSS post is engine friendly, the URL has no querstrings (use URL rewriting)
- Ensure that no matter how many different paths a reader can take to get to that post (search, related links, tags, navigation icons) – only have 1 copy of the post (1 URL) even if it's under many tags/keywords
- Ensure that readers of the post are encouraged to visit the post creator's site (give props to the creator)
- Ensure that old posts still remain in the system and the site navigation is good enough to help the reader find old posts by that author
- Why only allow RSS reading? How about merging all the different sources of data (eg NNTP) together?