Today, I am launching bVibes.com, a social blogmarking (blog bookmarking) website where users submit and vote on blog posts and posts that receive many votes are promoted to the main page. The motivation behind this website is two-fold:
1. There are about 70 million blogs out there and it's a difficult task to find the best posts written. Technorati only helps in identifying top 100 blogs and these blogs grow more and more. But, how about others? Wouldn't it be useful if you can find posts that have been already reviewed and voted for?
2. If you write a good post, how do you increase it's visibility? Is it enough to depend on Google/Technorati search?
Social bookmarking website Digg uses a similar voting and promotion system and has lots of users. If one's submission reaches the main page of Digg, there will be enough hits to the article that might even bring down the website (called Digg Effect). But as many of you know, it's not easy to promote blog posts in Digg because the focus there is on news stories and web pages. I thought we need a dedicated website for blogs given the amount of posts that are being written in blogs. In bVibes.com, you can submit your own blog posts or others' posts.
I thought we also need a mechanism to bring in the best from the numerous posts that are written everyday. My solution is to limit the number of submissions and encourage the users to submit good quality posts. My approach in bVibes is to assign submission credits to users. One can submit as many posts as the number of credits (s)he has. Credits will be renewed every Sunday.
I invite you all to join bVibes.com, read the FAQ first and then submit/vote (To start off, I have submitted some good posts that I came across). Registration takes only 2-3 minutes (it just asks for username, password and email and it's free). If you join during the initial promotion, you will get a minimum of 5 credits every week and your submissions will remain for 30 days (if you join after a few weeks, both these numbers will be lesser). I will also publish the highest voted posts here in Hackosphere during the first few weeks to increase the visibility of your submissions. I encourage you all to actively participate in the submission/voting process because only by working as a community, we can identify good quality blog posts. Come, join the bVibes community!