If you want to track your favorite blogs, the following sites allow you to do so:
- Technorati (add to Favorites feature)
This allows the blog owner to know that you've added them and you will find those who have made you a "favorite" too.
- Google Reader
What makes Google Reader unique is that it allows to share blog posts you like through your blog.
- Technorati Watchlist
Then add the RSS feed to your Google Reader account. As a result, whenever there are blogs that cite the keywords in my blog, I am immediately notified.
- Google Alerts
This is a tool that you can used to monitor keywords as they appear on news, groups or discussion forums, websites, and blogs. Depending on your setting, whether everyday or weekly, I receive an e-mail that contains all the new content online that cites the keywords. If I’m interested to learn more, I just visit the website and read the full story.
- BlogPulse (October 17, 2010 update)
Monitors blog post mentioning keywords you cited. You can generate an RSS feed that you can subscribe to.
- Social Mention Alerts (October 17, 2010 update)
Monitors blogs and social media for any discussion happening related to the keywords you will input in the system.
- Backtype (October 17, 2010 update)
Monitors tweets and comments focusing on a particular blog.
- Regator (October 17, 2010 update)
Monitors keyword mention in popular blogs.
- Collecta (October 17, 2010 update)
Monitors keyword mention in blogs and social media. It gives a feed url that you can subscribe to. Can also create a widget that can be embedded in a site.
I believe that these online tools are a clear indication of how the Internet is becoming much more user-friendly to users. This has also helped me update my blogs and find sites that can be worth submitting to social media sites.
I also discussed this in first episode of the DigitalFilipino.com Podcast (April 2006).