2006/04/10

Buddy Updates for Blog Entries

Greg of aiminfo blogs about IM Triton release 1.2.37.2 :

"Buddy Updates allow you to view changes or additions your buddies make to their away messages, message boards and profiles.  You will see a new icon next to the buddy in the buddy list when an update has happened: "

You can grab the latest AIM Triton here.  What Greg doesn't mention is that this also works for blog entries made through Journals.  So if you use the latest AIM client, you'll be notified about your buddies' latest blog posts.  If you try it out, please let me (or Susan or Joe or John) know what you think.  This only works for public blogs, the ones that you can find through AOL or Google search in any case, but it does give you an up-to-the-minute picture of what's going on with your buddies.

Oh, and we have an update for Journals going out tomorrow morning.  After it's complete, one nonobvious change is that you'll be able to see the list of Journals someone publishes by going to their screen name on Journals (for example, http://beta.journals.aol.com/panzerjohn/ will give you a list of mostly test blogs).  The page lists public blogs, plus any private blogs that you're a reader of.  (Others are invisible.)  Also, the page has a nifty search box where you can type in screen names to try to find their Journals if they have any.  Again, let us know what you think.  It's sort of a hidden feature right now in that you have to know to type in the right URL.  So feedback is welcomed!