Bloglines Local provides users with a location-based blogging resource. Users can view blogs by location (usually city). The user can submit their favorite blogs for that specific geographic area. Bloglines Local posts the items so others can check them out and possibly subscribe to them. Social networking tools are also available so users can quickly share through Facebook. Location pages also present the user with a list of upcoming events in that specific area along with a Tweet feed. The homepage presents users with a list of popular cities to get started. The site currently covers a lengthy list of cities that can be viewed alphabetically or by clicking on the state. The homepage includes a photo preview of a location posted by a Bloglines Local user. Each city is accompanied by a short description as well as a comments area.Show more screenshots »
Bloglines Local was founded in June of 2003 by Mark Fletcher. The application was intended to provide users with a way to promote and locate blogs based on city or region. The company is based in Campbell, California and was acquired by Ask.com in February of 2005. The current team includes CEO Fletcher as well as General Manager Eric Engleman. Since it was first introduced, Bloglines Local has been expanding its feature list to include feeds, full view access, post saving features and large thumbnail images. Bloglines Local is currently in beta.
Bloglines Local provides users with a way to save and find blogs by location. This is what truly makes the application stand out. The user can submit a blog based on the city it is located in. The city page also provides the user with Tweets, comments and photos submitted by other users along with a short description of the city the page covers.
The Bloglines Local website uses a Google road map header behind eh blue and white Bloglines Local logo. To the right, the user can find a single image of the location taken by a user. Below, the user can find a list of blogs with a subscribe button and social network sharing buttons. Each city page also contains a short paragraph about the location on the right, above an advertisement. The advertisement is generally kept off to the side and does not disrupt the user as they explore the blog list, Tweets or other items on the page.
Visitors are not required to log in to check out lists of blogs, Tweets, comments and images on Bloglines Local. Those who would like to create an account can do so by clicking the small blue “Register” button found in the upper, right hand corner of the page. The following page presents the user with the registration form, which requires a name, username, valid email address, password and zip code. The user must also check the box at the bottom of the form to confirm their agreement with the Bloglines Local terms of service.
Bloglines Local is free to all users. The visitor can explore city-based blogs or register and submit content to the site. There are no limitations and the user can search city pages as often as they like or submit their favorite location based blogs.
Bloglines Local is a resource for anyone who enjoys reading blogs, especially local blogs. The user can discover new blogs or submit their favorites for others to find. It is also a helpful place for city-based bloggers who are looking to drive more traffic to their blog.