While some folks out there in the Blogosphere are chiming in sharing their experiences (Check out, for instance, the superb weblog entry review that John created over at Library Clips) about the potential business value from using the fine service of MyBlogLog, an offering that you would remember I have been talking about recently quite a bit, I thought I would go ahead and introduce you to another interesting widget that claims to take things further into the next level. That is right, I am talking about AutoRoll.
AutoRoll is actually another worth while checking widget that would take you about one minute to have it installed (Works successfully in several weblogging platforms, WordPress being one of them, too!) and that it would take about one week to see some more relevant results. Yes, that is right, this is one other widget that would allow you to get some further insights from your readership, but you would need to actually wait for a bit to see the first good and meaningful results.
So what is AutoRoll, you may be wondering, right? Well, it has actually been mentioned already all over the place, but basically, and contrary to what MyBlogLog is, it is the blogroll of your own readers. It is a widget that displays links to weblogs that your own readers are visiting the most often. Nifty, eh? Ok, the way it works is that AutoRoll traces the number of visits of each unique reader on each weblog that has installed this particular widget. Then the more often a reader visits a specific weblog, the greater his / her affinity is with that particular weblog. It is getting better, eh?
Well, there is much more. Because this particular offering will eventually provide you all, the readers of this weblog, with a very enlightening and entertaining blogroll based on other readers with similar reading habits. At the same time, it will help get some highly qualified incoming traffic to this particular weblog, something that I am hoping would work out as mentioned on the Web site because it would surely help me out increasing my KM related blogroll (You can never get enough KM related reading, right?) based on your own reading habits. Not too bad, eh?
Thus as you may have been able to see, I have already updated the left column of this particular weblog template to include the AutoRoll widget (If you are reading this weblog entry from the RSS feed you may want to pop into the weblog and check it out) and I would encourage you all to give it a try as well and see how far it would take us all. I am not saying that this is going to be a permanent addition. I am just going to give it a chance, for a couple of weeks, and see how it would work out. If I find out that it meets both of your and my needs I will leave it as is, but if it doesn’t I will go ahead and remove it.
So far I like what I am seeing and the potential value add; we shall see if that would remain the same in two weeks time… Time now to let it build up further on our own weblogging experience.