Sunday, March 26, 2006

Idea for a new feature on Blogger

I was surfing through some blogs that I got to through some comments posted by other bloggers on mine. This seemed like a way to find new and interesting blogs (interesting because, more often than not, poeple who comment on your blog tend to have similar interests as you).

If you have used orkut (another online community oriented portal owned by Google) you probably know that as you browse profiles of people, Orkut keeps track of the shortest path from you to the person, whose profile you are looking at. In Orkut, each member maintains a list of friends and when you look at a profile the "trails" are formed by looking at various paths (through friend lists) connecting the two profiles in question.

Now, although blogger does not have the concept of a friends list, we do have comments from other bloggers, and so I wonder if it might be possible to introduce a similar way of providing a "trail of comments" wherever possible? That way, when you reach a blog (and you are logged in) you know what all different paths you have taken to get there in the past...

5 comments:

Charul said...

one more idea ..
we can see counted number on our profile abt how many people have visited profile...

if we can get names of that users then it will be good feature for us ...its not possible to get name of the people who havent blog account but atleast we can get names of people who have blog accounts...

AlterinG Abhishek said...

try to get hold of the HBR article on SWARM intelligence..
very similar to this..
mail me for it..
@ HP they have duplicated how ants find the shortest path to food and used the same to route calls.. you being in telecom would be of interest

Anil said...

Yep.. SI is an interesting concept thats likely to find its way into various routing applications like cell networks or IP networks...

Aditi said...

Interesting concept but in a way what use would that serve? Orkut is meant for primarily networking while blogs arent so in a way its a frill. =)

Anil said...

Yeah, I agree it doesn't really help in any way.... well, I guess I just like to "dish out" sometime...

Thanks for the comments you guys!