Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

New feature – Recent Blogs

November 10, 2008

Earlier it was difficult to find new blogs posted to / located by Linq. Since most new blogs have initially low vote count and rank, they tend to get lost in the crowd. Thus this new feature which lists recently added blogs on the front page with their rank.

The feature shows top 10 blogs that have been posted last week. These are ordered by rank so as to give readers a hint of the popularity of that blog. Additionally, there is a link ‘posts from this blog‘ which appears whenever reader moves the mouse cursor over the blog heading. This link displays posts of that blog from our database on the left pane ordered by Linq’s unique popularity algorithm.

Please send feedback about this new feature. Happy reading!

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New feature in Linq – Blog collections

October 20, 2008

Linq has a very large collection of Indian blogs, with around 10000 posts added daily. Although we classify posts into 5 categories (Entertainment, Sports, Recipes, Indian Languages and General), it is sometimes difficult for our visitors to keep track of topics of their interest. ‘Blog collections’ is a feature which not only allows a user to create a collection of their favorite blogs, but also mark it ‘public’ so that other users can read it. Public collections are ranked and even given awards. Top ranked collections become categories and are displayed under the main categories on the front page.

Public blog collections

This feature gives users control over categorization of blogs on Linq. For example you can create a collection ‘Cricket’ which contains popular cricket blogs which you regularly follow, so that next time you or anyone else comes to Linq you do not have to search to find cricket news. Other examples may be a collection of blogs relating to architecture or relating to Chennai city, or even to Bandra suburb of Mumbai. Such user led categorization increases ability to discover new blogs, and give niche blogs a platform to be noticed.

Users can create blog collections after logging in to Linq. Collection creators retain full control over their collections. You could also create a private collection which will be visible only to you. Public collections need to be ranked before they are visible on the front page, which process may take up to a week. Apart from coming to the front page, public collections can also be distributed using the url http://news.linq.in/collection/<collection name>.

We hope such collections will become mini-communities led by the collection creator. If this feature proves popular, we will work on added functionality, such as allowing readers to subscribe to collections, allowing collection owners to customise the view of the collection, allowing search within a collection, allowing comments and user feedback related to a collection, stats relating to the collection, etc. Please tell us what other functionality you would like to have. Feedback, bugreports and queries are also very welcome.