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A few days ago, I wrote about blogs needing to be more social and embracing new personal web services and acting as hubs for our increasingly digital lives. This week, we’re launching a WordPress template and plug-in set called GigaLogue, which can help turn your blog into a newsfeed and enable users to instantly create groups or communities around a variety of different content sources.

A few days ago, I wrote about blogs needing to be more social and embracing new personal web services and acting as hubs (or aggregation points) for our increasingly digital lives. Of course, for a majority, Facebook would do just fine. Mathew Ingram sums it up succinctly when he writes, “Blogging isn’t for everyone….For those who want more control over their online data and destiny….I think blogs and blog-based tools are the best route.”

One of the great things about Facebook is its newsfeed, a feature that was first introduced to me by Narendra Rocherolle, co-founder of 30Boxes, who first rolled out a newsfeed in his calendaring application.

During the course of working on GigaOM Daily, our experimental micro newsblog, we ended up developing GigaLogue, which can help turn your WordPress blog into a newsfeed very similar to the Facebook newsfeed (or any other newsfeed). We wanted to develop GigaOM Daily using Prologue, but in the end we came up with our own solution. A few points:

  • Inspired by Prologue, we are releasing a template and plug-in set called GigaLogue.
  • It will include the Twitter, RSS and email aggregation features.
  • It will enable users to instantly create groups or communities around a variety of different content sources (notes from Twitter, images from Flickr, videos from Vodpod — basically anything that could go in a feed or an email).
  • It will be released under a GPL license next week on dev.gigaom.com

Essentially we are using some of the more common and open technologies — nothing more important than RSS. Since this is being released in open source, we are hoping developers will write plug-ins that can add more social features into this theme. Others can develop plug-ins for sharing documents or calendaring information. Of course, there are thousands of WP plug-ins that can be retrofitted for this theme and take this in directions I can’t even imagine.

As I said at WordCamp, we are not a technology company. Instead we are a media startup that is using technology to figure out the future of our business, wherever it might head up. In the course of doing so, our tech team came up with GigaLogue. Big thanks to Chancey Mathews and Kyle Johnson, the quiet geniuses inside our little company. Thanks to them, expect more such experimental stuff from us soon!

  1. [...] forever. Except now we can do this on the Internet, using an open source platform (WordPress) and some clever hackery. (More details, along with notes about current and future features, below the [...]

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  2. [...] Create Your Own NewsFeeds with GigaLogue→ [...]

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  3. hey this is gr8 news looking fwd to next week ;)

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  4. [...] platform into a kind of group Twitter micro-blog, and there are some more details about it here. function fbs_click() [...]

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  5. Very cool stuff. I was just about to start a Twitter feed to help San Diego creatives network and support each other more. Now I might hold off until your new feature is released. Also, I love how you said, ” …we are not a technology company. Instead we are a media startup that is using technology to figure out the future of our business, wherever it might head up.” My day-job is working for a social media startup who provides video and social media solutions to newspaper and television websites. I only wish our clients were as honest and open as your statement implies.

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  6. Sounds great. I saw something similar called Lifestream a while ago. Looking forward to checking it out.

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  7. [...] Meet GigaLogue, Roll Your Own NewsFeeds – GigaOM GigaOm allows readers to pull media in and organize around it. (tags: gigaom new.media rss techcrunch) [...]

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  8. [...] might head up.”  I admire the honesty in that statement and especially GigaOM’s recent coverage on blogs embracing social technology. Will newspapers survive? Will they morph into micro-Twitters [...]

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  9. [...] and it was created by blog platform WordPress. Our friends at GigaOm have been creating their own custom versions; here’s one that lets you see a stream of what the writers over at GigaOm are reading and [...]

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  10. [...] post short messages about what they’re doing”, even in a secured environment GigaOm has adopted it for his news network, recently covered by [...]

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