I have realized something about myself in the last few weeks...I'm fickle. And I apologize for this. Why it took me so long to realize, I don't know. On the other hand, maybe I'm not fickle! Maybe I can just admit when I find a superior application. I believe the superior program I have found is BlinkList. I know I went on and on about Ma.gnolia in this post, My New Obsession... Ma.gnolia. Then one day I received this comment:
Mike said...I left this response:
May I ask what made you go with Ma.gnolia vs. BlinkList? We are always hard at work on making our service better and better and I would greatly appreciate your feedback.
annie said...I never received a response from Mike, which I didn't care for, since he said he would appreciate feedback. But, we all have a life, and perhaps his took over. After waiting for a response, I went ahead and tested BlinkList.
@Mike, In all fairness, I have not tried BlinkList. It was brought to my attention a few days before your comment! I have been looking at it, and have an account. So, I will do a comparison to Ma.gnolia. What I have found so far that I like...the way it displays the links on a page. This seems faster than Ma.gnolia. I absolutely love the cloud and the fact I can display it on my blog. I will be looking into that, and it may be the deal breaker. I haven't looked much further...my time is getting away from me lately, but I will get into the goodies of BlinkList as time permits. Does it save the page as Ma.gnolia does, even if the page goes down? That is a feature that I like. Another feature Ma.gnolia has is 'Ma.gnolia Roots' which I find handy and fun, with the little badge displaying the number of times that page has been marked on your site. And, last, but not least, I love the easy feel of Ma.gnolia. The layout is easy on the eyes. BlinkList is close, but doesn't quite hit the "Zen-ness" of Ma.gnolia. I will look at them both, and decide which features are more important to me. I do feel that BlinkList is in the same ballpark as Ma.gnolia. It will be close.
To answer to my questions...
- I don't think it saves the page as Ma.gnolia does - a feature I love, but may be only something to slow down the site. And BlinkList is much faster than Ma.gnolia. In the scheme of things, I would rather have speed over saved pages. If the page is that important, I usually copy it myself.
- I like the way the links are displayed on the page on BlinkList. There are more per page and you can readily see how many 'blinks' it has. A blink is when someone bookmarks that page.
- It does not have a feature similar to 'Roots' in Ma.gnolia. As cute as that is, it is really only a novelty...eye candy. I like the magnolia flower.
- I still don't believe it carries the Zen feel of Ma.gnolia, but it does not have a busy feeling either. It has a simple design that is intuitive and easy to move around in.
One feature it has that I absolutely love is the 'Cloud'. I can't help it. I love clouds. To me they are such a great way to get around. Now I have two clouds on my blog. One That is for BlogU labels only, and clicking on a word in the cloud will open a page with all the posts with that label. The other, which presently is located in my footer, is for all my bookmarks, and clicking on a word there will open a page with all my bookmarks labeled with that word.
OK. My vote is in for BlinkList. I have moved my bookmarks from ma.gnolia to BlinkList and am quite pleased with it so far.