BlogBridge, a news junkie's dream

If you're an information junkie you probably have a zillion news feeds that you follow and therein lies the problem: Even a small number of feeds can generate a tsunami of content.

If you’re an information junkie you probably have a zillion news feeds that you follow and therein lies the problem: Even a small number of feeds can generate a tsunami of content.

I've tried various newsreaders over the last few years and none have really solved the problem of managing feed contents really effectively and, most importantly, doing so across multiple platforms. That is, until I found BlogBridge published by BlogBridge Inc.

BlogBridge is a free, open source Java application that can run on Windows, OS X and Linux, can manage an unlimited number of feeds and via the BlogBridge Web site, provides synchronization between any number of computers of which feeds you're subscribed to and what items you've read as well as all of your BlogBridge preference settings.

If you're currently using a newsreader that supports exporting to OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language) such as Google Reader then you can move all of your feeds over to BlogBridge. You can also export your feeds from BlogBridge should you want to use a different reader.

The BlogBridge "Pro" subscription supports posting feed content as a link, an extract, or the whole article directly to your own blog (Drupal, Roller, WordPress and Movable Type are supported) as well as Twitter.

BlogBridge also offers what the publishers call "SmartFeeds" which are filters that create feeds from existing ones based on attributes that include search text in articles, title of articles, date and category, name of feed, name of guide (your groupings of feeds), and number of "starz."

"Starz" are a built-in automatic rating system based on the frequency of posts, number of links in postings, click-throughs, and number of feed views – the last two attributes are determined from the aggregated behavior of BlogBridge users who have established accounts with the Web service.

BlogBridge also displays feeds with photos as photo albums with drag and drop support.

BlogBridge's list of features is far more extensive than I have space to cover here. Although I've only been using it for a short time I'm sold on its power and I may have to upgrade from the free version to the Pro service ($5 for three months). There's also a Publishing subscription ($25 for three months) which includes an interesting sentiment analysis feature.

If you're a news junkie, BlogBridge will change the way you think about consuming news feeds and help you find the stuff you really want. I'll give BlogBridge a "highly recommended."

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