by Brian Solis
Yep, you read that correctly. You may have read here, there, and everywhere, that MyBlogLog was the first blogger network to integrate activity feeds, but it looks like BlogCatalog rolled this out last month (Thank you Andy Beard).
This is an important announcement because BlogCatalog is arguably the fastest-growing social network for bloggers, with over 100,000 “approved” bloggers interacting everyday.
As I’ve said before, activity streams are the new black and the ability to channel and subscribe to aggregated streams of online activity across the web in one, easy-to-read river is how we stay connected to our most important contacts.
BlogCatalog is the blogger’s social network and recently launched its Social Dashboard, an aggregation service that enables bloggers to follow the activities of their friends on Digg, Flickr, Last.fm, Twitter, YouTube, among 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 alos said that 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 blogger has uploaded a new photo to Flickr, made a comment on Twitter, or submitted an article to Digg.
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.
When I click AndyBeard’s icon from the ‘Following’ box for example, I can get a view of only AndyBeard’s feed without having to manage my subscriptions.
Over the last year, BlogCatalog has been evolving from a blog directory into a vibrant member-driven online community with tools, features, widgets, and forums that help bloggers connect.