The challenge is to tie together 100+ blogs authored by Olympic athletes, coaches, friends and family into a single page.
Purpose of the page is:
- Highlight the “post of the day” as determined by a blogger-in-chief
- Permit the reader to scan the latest posts from the bloggers
- Permit the reader to manage subscriptions to the RSS of those blogs to their preferred aggregator (Google Reader, Bloglines, etc.)
- Publish Tweets
- Publish latest shared media
- Flickr/Picasa Photos
- YouTube Videos
- del.icio.us tags
Esteban Panzeri is on the job, and I suggested Alltop as one example of an interface example, but no one (Bhargava and Bell) seemed overly excited. And having visited Alltop a total of two times, I was stupid to reference something I don’t even use.
The ideal would be a shared Google Reader interface — all the functionality but constrained to a managed blogroll/OPML file. Public Google Reader. Possible? Second question is how to incorporate reader inputs. Third question: is it still too early to present a consumer web user with a call to action to click on an orange RSS button to subscribe to a feed? Are most consumers accustomed to a direct blog visit? I must dust off aggregator and feed reader adoption statistics.
Know of any good examples of blog network homepages? Should we be looking at HuffPo? CapeCodToday? Mark Cahill and I tried to tackle this with a community of saltwater fly fishing bloggers in 2003-2004, but it was too early to get much traction.