Another Look on MyBlogLog

MyBlogLog Logo I did blogged about MyBlogLog back in October, didn't I?

Quite a few things happening afterwards. A few days after my previous "short review", I actually deleted my account there, because I just cannot stand their aggressive tracking script that "rings home" whenever someone clicks on some links. I guess that is why they are called MyBlogLog -- but I wasn't there for the statistics, but just want to build a community of readers of my sites.

Anyway. Then they were bought by Yahoo! early last month. Well done man!

So at the end of January, I applied for an account again. Lucky I got my old URL back, and was able to claim back all my sites as communities. Phew. Since the actually quite enjoyed what MyBlogLog can offer to my sites. The best feature gotta to be the Communities -- you get to see what other bloggers are reading your sites and build contacts. You also get to see who else are reading the same blogs that you are reading.

There are still many issues -- some are publicly acknowledged, and some are just my personal gripe.

  • Spams -- just search Google, and you'll see how severe it is. Every now and then there will be people I've never heard wanting me to join his/her community or adding him/her as my contacts. Then there's also comment spam issue. There are many "popular looking" profiles up there, but how many are their real contacts? Don't know.
  • Stats Javascript -- still one of my biggest issue. The "widget" that you added on your website adds itself to quite a few "events". Well, they are necessary to track things like most popular links. However I don't want need site stats. AWstats from the server log is good enough for me, and I would like to track just the readers. Too bad you can't turn part of the tracking off.
  • Add a Blog/Site -- I was shocked how easy it is to claim a blog/site. Put in the URL, some description, click on a button, and it is yours! That makes Technorati and Google Webmaster Tools' claiming process way too complicated. Now let me see whether I can claim Google or Yahoo...
  • Lacks of Social Networking Features -- I guess at the end it was the social networking aspect that drove me to MyBlogLog (I've stated that I don't use the statistics). Now they have all member profiles, all the relations, etc, they ought to add more social networking functionalities on top. My secondary contacts? Find me someone in the system who shares more than 3 communities with me? Recommended communities from my current contacts? Etc...
  • User interface -- okay. It works. Just not pretty. Even Yahoo!'s homepage looks prettier.
  • Lack of Feed Integration -- it does not help when the majority of your "protential community members" are actually reading your blogs through RSS/Atom feeds. At least it is true in my case. I am reading through 300+ items in around 100 feeds everyday, but I rarely go down to the website unless I feel a need to comment. The end result is, I am hardly in any MyBlogLog community.

Well. That's it for me. Still, it is a innovative service, and has been endorsed by the bloggers as it helps to build communities around our soapboxes. I am surprised that there hasn't yet been an imitation with all the short-comings already solved (then again I don't really read TechCrunch). But now with Yahoo's money and resource, we'll hopefully see more speedy development from these guys.