With the war over blog software heating up, it looks as if Google has released two new features that will make Blogger fans rejoice (and hopefully catch up on some sleep).
The first feature Google released was an ability for Blogger users to spice up their blog rolls. Previously users were able to simply list a link to their favorite sites on their sidebar, just like any other blog platform out there.
Now, Google has enabled users to not only link favorite sites from Google Reader to their blog, but post a “snippet” of content as well.
(Blogger in Draft) At its most basic, Blog List displays a list of links to your favorite blogs, with an optional icon. If you link to a blog with an Atom or RSS feed, however, the Blog List can show the date of the blog’s last update or even the title and snippet of its most recent post. […]
You add blogs to your Blog List by entering blog or feed URLs directly, or by importing subscriptions from Google Reader.
While this feature may not appeal to SEO nuts (as you get the same link love from regular blog rolls as you would from Google’s blog list), this feature may help your listed “friends” receive some extra traffic on their sites as readers may cue in towards an interesting post.
Google also unveiled another feature for Blogger–one which has been heavily requested ever since Google decided to relaunch Blogger.