Testing the new blogging platform: Overblog or over-blog

Jason Falls asked his readers to test Overblog. Jason says, "Overblog (client) is one of the top blogging platforms in Europe. Until now, they haven’t had a U.S.-focused product. That all changes with not just an English version of the France-based company’s platform, but a whole new platform.

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  1. I decided to give it a try. I was just helping someone make a new choice in blogging systems and we ended up with the fact that what people need is a nice way of aggregating all their social media outpost content onto one platform.  I've tried a number of solutions, includingabout.me, but still haven't found what I'm looking for. I decided to give Overblog a try. Thanks Jason!
  2. Here's what my blog looks like. It's at stevegarfield.over-blog.com

    I sent in a support request asking:
    "why is my blog at over-blog.com instead of overblog.com"

    They replied:
    "The both address work fine. The default one is over-blog.com : it is our address since several yeats."
  3. In the screen shot above, you'll see that the Overblog system has chosen a thumbnail for me. The first two thumbnails are the wrong choice. I don't see any way to change them. 

    Overblog can automatically ingest your social media streams, but by going with the automatic way of populating your blog, you lose control.
  4. I had to delete a tweet and repost to fix the content in it. Overblog still show the deleted tweet.

  5. stevegarfield.over-blog.com Posts from twitter don't have live links on the home page
    stevegarfield.over-blog.com Posts from twitter don't have live links on the home page
  6. Twitter posts, are posted without active links. You have to click on the title to go to the permalink page, see below.
  7. stevegarfield.over-blog.com Twitter Permalink page : I'm at Roche Bros (West Roxbury, MA) [pic]: http:__t.co_wBsPYVwJ Steve Garfield ... - stevegarfield.over-blog.com
    stevegarfield.over-blog.com Twitter Permalink page : I'm at Roche Bros (West Roxbury, MA) [pic]: http:__t.co_wBsPYVwJ Steve Garfield ... - stevegarfield.over-blog.com
  8. Once you go to the permalinked page, a the links are active and it's a standard twitter embed. I'd prefer that on the home page.
  9. For comparison, here's how Storify embeds a tweet.
  10. First impressions, as an automatic system for collecting and sharing your social media stream, Overblog isn't ready. I know it's not out yet, so I hope this feedback helps them improve.

    As a regular blogging system, I'll need to try it out that way before posting my thoughts. 
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