BlogAgent is a clone of Simon’s original BlogToaster. Using an Instant Messenger, users can register blogs to watch and the agent pings weblogs.com every few minutes for updates then notifies the user when a blog they’re watching changes. Right now the most reliable version of BlogAgent runs on AOL’s Instant Messenger (just send an IM to “BlogAgent” using AIM), but it also runs on Jabber, MSN and soon Yahoo.
The neato-addition to BlogToaster in BlogAgent (all software is evolutionary) is that you can ask “who” to see who else is watching a specific blog. “Wow, Dave just said something really interesting on Scripting News just now. Let’s see who else might want to chat about it…” I think this could make the interaction in BlogSpace even greater. The community of Bloggers and Blog-watchers can talk about a post in real-time, focus their thoughts and post again immediately.
BlogAgent is written in Java and open sourced.
We should look at both BlogAgent and BlogToaster.