For those of you that are not familiar with BlogFire, it’s an iPhone application for monitoring and displaying RSS feeds and news from external sources. I’ve been using BlogFire for about a year now and I can say that it’s very handy when you’re keeping track of what’s hot and the latest and greatest in social media and beyond. It’s fairly simple to install from the App Store, and it’s also simple to add blog feeds from your favorite social media sites.
While I am aware that this app can be seen simply as a news feed app for your iPhone, I see it more of what its benefits outside of a typical news feed app.
Keeping up with feeds
BlogFire has helped me keep up with news and feeds from specific blogs that I sometimes forget to look up. I guess in some fashion, it serves as a reminder of what I need to do and to keep my ears to the ground on the latest and greatest social news. Once you install your feeds, it pushes out post notifications of the latest blogs of your feeds. It even has a “Quiet Time” where you assign a specific range of time during the day where you don’t get notifications on blog posts. I use this often when I go to bed, or when I know I am in meetings and don’t want notifications every 10 minutes popping up on my phone (because it does happen to my quite frequently).
Personalize what you want to see
You don’t have to subscribe to everything that was listed with BlogFire when it gets installed. You can adjust your news the way you want it to be, and be able to keep up with what you are passionate about. As you can see, I have done some personalization on my part to get only the news from sources I want to know (including YSMM). Personalization makes it easier to keep up with what you like, and be able to immerse yourself easier in that area of industry or business.
It’s better to give than receive
BlogFire, as in a lot of apps nowadays, have the ability to share your news to your social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, Delicious, Instapaper, Tumblr, or through emails and SMS. This is very useful when you’re doing most of your work on your Smartphone/iPhone, making it easier to get the types of information you want out there to your influencers and peeps all at once.
What I would like to see improved from BlogFire
Again, since this can be seen as a data/news/RSS feed generator, there are limited improvements that I think will make this more appealing to others. One of those improvements is generating the favicon of that respective blog/site. As you can tell from my previous images above, if you add a site, it generates BlogFire’s default fire image than the actual favicon, logo or site image like it does with Mashable, TechCrunch and Lifehacker. Another improvement would be to include more social media platforms to share from. Google Plus, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon are some of the few that I think would definitely be worthwhile adding to. I have not yet heard on whether this is available for Android, but if it is not, then that would also be a major improvement in the mobile data aggregation field.
Overall, I think it’s a great app to start off, as it has both basic and some advanced level of interaction that one can easily maneuver through without issues. As I have said, I’ve been using this for almost a year, and wouldn’t have stayed with this app if I didn’t think it’s worthy of having. With newer improvements in functionality and sharing, I think it can take mobile data aggregation to the next level.