Why did Blinklist miss the Flock boat? Will this be the first miss step of many?

I was a regular user until recently of Blinklist because I liked their product, still do in fact, but that was before I tried Flock. I actually converted from Delicious early in January 2006 because Blinklist was just easier to look at, more features, a little slicker (read: ajaxy), and well I could find what I needed easier.

That is why its sad to think that in the last 2 weeks of using Flock (a new branch of development sprung from Firefox’s fiery seed) I have only occasionally used Blinklist. This is shocking yet explains why IE has survived this long, its because ease of use will always be better than a better service. So right now I am on a knife edge balancing between Blinklist and Del.icio.us. Determined to have a great product but equally determined to have simplified access to my bookmarks.

I wonder how many others are flirting with change. Shadows has a service comparable to Blinklist yet they are integrated with Flock, I am tempted to give them a try. I wonder if they will import from Blinklist? Anyone know.

Oh well its not like Blinklist never heard of these ideas before. They never were asked for deeper integration here 1, here 2, and more recently here.

Well I am off to out this Shadows service. I must say I am still baffled by this miss step by Blinklist, they always seemed very on top of their game.

Rapleaf and I need to go on a Date

The more I think about Rapleaf the more I love their service. Its great to see this market being re-entered in general e.g. iKarma, Opinity, and maybe others?.

You always hear about dating online, that it is only for the desperate, well ‘they’ may be right. But everyone is desperate as some point (not really picking on online daters so much as making a point) and the point isn’t that they are desperate its that people will do whatever it takes to fulfil their needs in moments personal distress and that means telling you want you want to hear. Online dating in a nutshell is filled with fraudulent marketing of ones own self. Reputation and image management companies like Rapleaf could help with this problem.

Recently I was chatting with a couple colleagues at work and we were talking about Rapleaf and we decided that Rapleaf needs to have more options to rank someone. That it should be dynamic to some extent and that some categories should be connected.

For example I should be able to put one reputation link up on my blog and for my personal web site (almost the same but not quite). Right now how the ratings are its not really feasible. My blog isn’t buying or selling anything and it certainly isn’t personal because my relationship is one to many, and creating a second identity defeats the value of Rapleaf, so through our conversation we decided I needed than friend, buyer, and seller to be rating choices. I needed to be able to select from some basic categories e.g. blogging, dating, professionalism, ethics, morals, etc.

Now I know I can’t have them all but I know I want my blog rateable and I know as a consultant it would be great if I could have my professionalism and my knowledge rated. In the world of online dating I imagine that when someone says something about themselves with a high Rapleaf rating, its measured and authentic because they have a reputation to protect.