How to launch your Blog with

So I have been fiddling with this website called IceRocket. The main focus of IR is on the blogging community. Imagine taking google, alexa, and technorati and rolling it into one big site, you would then begin to understand what IR is.

The first thing that I noticed about IR is how they used google’s clean cut approach to designing a website. The layout is so close to king google’s design that if I had both sites open I would probably get the two confused. Well, not really because IR has these cool rocket ships for their navigation bar. Yet, other than that you will notice how the layout is very similar. However, since I am a big google fan I have no objections to this.

Onto the fun features of IR. First thing you will notice when you go to the index page of IR is that they have a portion of their page dedicated to making a comparison on how much buzz is being generated between two companies. Today they were showcasing a buzz comparison between Pepsi and Coke. Below is the graph I lifted from them (click on the graph to see it better):

I could really see using this tool to find the  sites which are high in bloggers. To me this is useful in trying to figure out how to best optimize your content. It ’s also a good indicator that Pepsi is failing the blind taste test =).

So this got me thinking, what does IR have on my blog. Not, that I was really surprised, but absolutely nothing as of noon today. Gratefully, I was able to find an “Add Your Blog” function. Of course I wasted no time in adding my humble blog to the masses of other blogs. As of the time of this writing (9:52pm), does not show up in IR. I wasn’t expecting laser fast speed in adding my profound thoughts to the vast web, but I was hoping.

The final thing that I stumbled across on IR that I really liked was what they called Ice Spy. Obviously a clever play on the childhood game “eye spy,” which is fairly accurate for what this tool does. You are able to see real time what people are searching. So, if you are ever bored at work and want to see how messed up this world really is, I recommend checking out Ice Spy. It’s quite interesting to see what people are trying to learn about.

There you have the 411 on Ice Rocket. I know there are a lot more tools but I didn’t want to take away all the fun in you finding new things.

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