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We’re in the final stages of testing of the new and improved myBlogs section of SDN. It’s going to be online just in time for my TechEd session that will explain how SAP ViewPoint made it all happen. It’s way cool, but don’t believe me, check it out for yourself.

A picture is worth a thousand words… Here’s only one screenshot of the new look of myBlogs. Can your blog reader do this? Didn’t think so…

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(This is an image from our development server so don’t take it personally if you didn’t get a 5 star rating…)

Until the new myBlogs is available, check out the current beta at https://www.sdn.sap.com/sdn/devnews.sdn?url=/view/x.blogs/star. Come back next week for the new version.

Wondering how to have the same running in your company? Look me up at TechEd. I’ll be presenting an introduction to SAP ViewPoint (PRTL206) which is the underlying technology that powers myBlogs. I will also be available at the SDN Clubhouse any time I’m not at Pacific Beach.

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  1. Brian McKellar
    My recommendation: Must test drive!
    Very impressive technology. Rendering is sleek, and it is definitely worth the time to explore. The true power will come when more users participate in the rating system, which will force the diamonds in the rough to pop onto my recommendation list each and every time!
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    1. Dagfinn Parnas
      And the changes (Take a look and This just in) made recently improves it even more.

      But I still like to skim all the blogs, but maybe the time comes when this is not possible

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      1. Brian Willis Post author
        The Browse tab in myBlogs let’s you browse the list chronologically.

        However, you are right. As the flow of new weblogs increases, it would become impossible to read them all. That is exactly what SAP ViewPoint was created to solve.

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    1. Scott Barden
      I understand what you mean, but I do like to rate some people highly.  For example, I always enjoy reading posts by Thomas Jung and Brian McKellar.

      It would be good to extend this pull out forums answers posted by highly rated people too.

      Scott

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      1. Lutz Morrien
        I agree on the fact that rating content will result in bringing up good content. However, some weblogs will get read by a lot of people i.e. those concerning SAP Netweaver, SAP R/3. Please do not forget about the margin technology like Business Information Warehouse or SAP Business One. If the rating is based on number of votes, blogs on these subjects are bound to vanish fast.

        Just a thought,
        Lutz Morrien

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    2. Brian Willis Post author
      It’s important to note that the rating system is forward-looking, not backward-looking. Rating any object (or author) affects the chances of seeing future content about that object (or by that author). It is not a grade on the quality of the past content.

      A quick word about the average rating system:
      Because our users’ interests are diverse, it is very likely that an author will get more negative ratings than positive ones. This is simply because only a small percentage of users is interested in any given topic. It doesn’t mean the content is not valuable; it’s just that it is very specialized.

      For that reason we are monitoring the system and are considering to change the average rating forumla to a weighted formula that puts more stress on positive ratings. Until such time, don’t be discouraged if your average rating isn’t as high as other people’s.

      Brian

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      1. Lutz Morrien
        I agree on the fact that rating content will result in bringing up good content. However, some weblogs will get read by a lot of people i.e. those concerning SAP Netweaver, SAP R/3. Please do not forget about the margin technology like Business Information Warehouse or SAP Business One. If the rating is based on number of votes, blogs on these subjects are bound to vanish fast.

        Just a thought,
        Lutz Morrien

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      2. Lutz Morrien
        I agree on the fact that rating content will result in bringing up good content. However, some weblogs will get read by a lot of people i.e. those concerning SAP Netweaver, SAP R/3. Please do not forget about the margin technology like Business Information Warehouse or SAP Business One. If the rating is based on number of votes, blogs on these subjects are bound to vanish fast.

        Just a thought,
        Lutz Morrien

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    1. Brian Willis Post author
      This functioanlity is in the works. We wanted to ship as much as we could as quickly as we could and rating of individual blogs was left for the next release.

      It’s important to note that rating individual blogs, contrary to rating objects or authors, is a backward-looking statement. It states an opinion on content that is already there and will not affect how your recommendations will be calculated in the future.

      My other comment on this blog also refers to this concept.

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      1. Brian McKellar
        Hallo Yaniv,

        “…note that rating individual blogs …is a backward-looking statement.”

        At first the light went on, and I finally understood this statement. The past is the past. And then the light went out again. One person’s past is maybe my future. What I would expect to happen is that when I log in at night, already thousands of other people have rated the current crop of weblogs. And although I try to read all, I do skip topics (and authors!) that are not on my radar. But a high rating of a new (is it then already old?) weblog by other people would immediately peek my interest. Anything rated to 5 stars must be worth reading (or the rating system is not working). Thus, rating of weblogs does actually fit into the picture! It helps other people that come a little later to find the diamonds on the beach.

        bye, brian

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