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Do You Use Planet Lotus?

While speedsponsoring at IamLUG last week, we decided to ask attendees if they had heard of Planet Lotus, and if so, do they check it regularly.

Surprisingly, there were quite a few attendees that had never heard of Planet Lotus.  There were also a few that had heard of it, but never visit the site.  Now that wouldn’t surprise me as much as a conference like Connect, where a lot of people know about the conference via their IBM sales person, or IBM’s site.  It DOES surprise me at a LUG, where I think (I have no actual knowledge on this, it is just a gut feeling) most attendees learn of LUGs via speakers and sponsors, who they probably follow on their blogs or Twitter or Planet Lotus.

So not that the people who read my blog are representative of who would be at a LUG, but… how many of you do NOT know what Planet Lotus is?  Or if you do know, but never go there… please reply in the comments.  Thanks.

And just to explain, Planet Lotus is a blog aggregator for (at current count) 329 blogs that cover Lotus (IBM)-related content.  Sometimes some of us cover other stuff (like me), but that’s the basis for inclusion on the site.  http://planetlotus.org/  What that means for you is loads and loads of free content.  329 blogs-worth of people putting out free tips, how-tos, etc.

  • Bob Voith

    Yes, know it – use it – as main entrance into the blog-world for Notes-related stuff. Used to read a bunch of RSS feeds too, but like Planet Lotus better.

  • Richard Cotrim

    Use everyday, it’s my home page in my browser. perfect place to start the day !

  • http://twitter.com/PaulSWithers Paul Withers

    I used to use it extensively and my blog is still aggregated there. But nowadays I tend to use Twitter and Collaboration Today more intensively. I found most of the blogs I read came to my attention via either of those routes (I picked this post up from Twitter). But I think that probably says mor about the people I follow than PlanetLotus.

  • http://twitter.com/edbrill Ed Brill

    Or CollaborationToday.info – I suspect that is even less-well-known. But both of them combined with Twitter had me shutting off any thought of RSS… a few Google alerts for good measure thrown in and I was catching 90% of stuff that mattered.

  • http://www.runningnotes.net Kathy Brown

    Innnnnnteresting. Twitter, you say? I might have heard of it. : – )

  • http://www.runningnotes.net Kathy Brown

    Also, this amuses me…

  • http://twitter.com/sheanpmcmanus Shean P McManus

    Absolutely. It’s essential for an aggregated view on posts that might have been missed via Twitter.

  • brett hershberger

    Absolutely every day, weekends too (sad I know). Your’s too Kathy, whenever you post! PL is my number one page and number one source of Notes/Domino related news.

  • http://twitter.com/edbrill Ed Brill

    I have a blog. and an iPhone.

  • http://beyondthedefaults.com/ Abby Butts

    I do not use Planet Lotus. I follow some blogs via RSS in Feedly and the rest I pick up via Twitter. If its good enough, it usually gets circulated via Twitter at some point.

  • http://www.runningnotes.net Kathy Brown

    Ooooooh wow! ;-)

  • Roy Rumaner

    Read it every day (my blog is aggregated there), usually multiple times a day to see who has posted what and if something I am trying to do has been mentioned or to remind myself that I am not alone in this world (working from home it is sometimes to quiet).

  • http://twitter.com/PeterPresnell Peter Presnell

    I find myself using Planet Lotus much less than I used to. (And not because I no longer choose to aggregate my blog there). The ratio of valuable information to noise seems to be getting lower and more and more worthwhile articles are now being brought to my attention via Google+ etc. as peers share and like those articles.

  • http://twitter.com/ShutUpLongy Brendan Long

    I got here from Planet Lotus. Do I win something? :)

    I check it regularly, but I am noticing a bit of an overlap with twitter, almost to the point where I could stop looking at one of them and still be OK.

  • http://TheSocialNetworker.com IdoNotes

    How can you see the stuff that matters in a constantly moving and expiring stream though? Google Alerts helps but doesn’t catch mot of the blog either

  • Jfranchetti

    Went from daily to about once every other week. The non-Notes content seems to be the majority now. It probably should have taken over comments like reddit, digg, or news.ycombinator.com.

  • Nick Halliwell

    I use Planet Lotus almost every day, I find it a fantastic source of IBM Notes information.

  • Fredrik Malmborg

    I browse it almost every day. Together with twitter it gives a great overview of what is happening. Maybe planetlotus could need some refurbishing. Then it would be a nice signal to have it driven by Domino/XPages.

    CollaborationToday is nice and shiny, but somehow planetlotus feels more direct and down to earth.

  • Jyotiprakash

    I use this everyday and on weekend I revisit all blog entries posted in that week to check the latest comments.

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