BlinkList Site Review
Thursday, October 20, 2005
What would happen if you took the user driven digg, combined it with a search style similar to flickr and gave it more options to tinker with? The result would BlinkList. I hate to use the inundated phrase 'social bookmarking' so I went to BlinkList's about page and they claim the site is basically 2 things: "1) BlinkList is the place where you save, share, and access all the favorite information you find online.
2) BlinkList is a "Personal Discovery Engine" that allows you to find the newest, coolest, and most personal information on the net."
Pretty bold claims, so I signed on for an account to see for myself. Here below, we have a screenshot of what the site looks like after you log in. As you can see, there are 3 different types of searches you can run as well as tabs on the left with sites that you have blinked (enjoyed) and personal user options.
Here I entered a search term under the 'my list' and since being a new user, no results came up. However, because no results were found, BlinkList offered a suggestion of possible other searches with the text varying in size (based on the popularity of that search term).
Doing a 'public' search, I soon found some submissions on linux. Listing the blinked pages, I noticed that some links even had a thumbnail to go along with the link (nice touch).
Blinking the entry gives you a quick description of the link, the URL and even tags.
Cons: *Still being in beta form, bugs are still being smoothed out. Luckily, if you find something wrong, feedback is only a simple click away.
*There might be too many options for the n00b(novice user).
*Site bandwidth might be slow at times.
Pros: *The interface is clean, site design is great and navigation is efficient.
*More options than digg.
*The inclusion of thumbs in blink entries is a wonderful idea.
My overall feeling is one of excitement. This site has much promise and I can see it spreading if the minor bugs get fixed by the seemingly overzealous staff. Keep up the good work guys.
Shout outs to Mike from BlinkList for the heads up on the site.