Jason Falls is testing Overblog's new U.S. platform
Testing A New Blogging Platform … Wanna Join Me?
Testing A New Blogging Platform … Wanna Join Me?
by

I’m super excited to be testing a new blogging platform that will be unveiled publicly at BlogWorld & New Media Expo in New York next month. 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.

No, I’m not testing Overblog here on Social Media Explorer. I’m running my personal blog, Falls, Off The Rocker, with it. In fact, Overblog’s new platform is actually focused on the personal blogger. The appeal for me was the fact they’ve built the new platform with life streaming in mind. I’ve connected my Instagram and Facebook accounts so that my blog is updated with the pictures and original Facebook posts I share. You can connect Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare and more (Google+ and LinkedIn are in the works), but I found those connections to make the blog rather noisy, so I’ve chosen not to use them.

Falls, off the Rocker - Jason's personal blogThe concept of life streaming isn’t new. FriendFeed and similar platforms like Louisville-based Profilactic popularized the idea in the 2007-2008 time frame. As Twitter and Facebook grew more popular and most services build pass-through functionality to the larger social networks, the life streaming concept faded a bit. But those concepts weren’t centric around someone’s blog. They were focused on their social activity. Overblog’s new platform gives you that blog-centric focus where the platform that you use to share your stories and ideas can also share your chosen social activity in a compelling way.

I’m also excited about the concept of pulling your social content on to your own blog so that you can archive and own it more confidently. Yes, I still advocate for use of services like Backupify (I’m a stakeholder there), but this is a nice way to own your content, or at least a version of it.

The theme I’m currently using on Falls, Off The Rocker mirrors the Facebook timeline design a bit. For what I’m doing with the blog — sharing personal stories and observations as well as social updates and pictures with my personal friends and family members — it works very well.

You can read more about what I’m doing with Overblog, including some of the observations I’ve made to the team on improving it, on my latest post at Falls, off the Rocker.

But what I’m betting you’d really like is a chance to kick the tires yourself, right? Okay! I have 50 private BETA invite codes to give away. What I need you to do to get them is be one of the first 100 individuals (you can manage more than one blog with your account, so no need to fight for more than one invite) to comment below and ask for an invite. But you’d better ask for an invite in a kick-ass, cool way. Like, “Bring The Heat, Clemmons!” or “Daddy Wants a New Blog, Fat Man!” Have fun, but keep it clean.

And then I’d like you to share this post on LinkedIn (you’re welcome to share it elsewhere, too, but there’s a reason for the LinkedIn thing … I’m testing something). Share it on LinkedIn with a note like this: “Jason Falls is giving away BETA invites to Overblog’s new platform. If you’re a blogger, you should check this out!” Be sure to link back here. No need to do it with any specific URL shortener. In fact, I’d appreciate it if you just used the LinkedIn button here or copy-pasted the URL directly. I’ll fill you in on the LinkedIn test later.

That’s it! Fun comment and a LinkedIn share!

Be sure to drop your email (won’t be shared) in the comment field requiring it below, too. I need to email you the code, right?

And please – Once you start testing Overblog, use their feedback and support links at the bottom corner of your browser window. They want this platform to sing. It only will if you help them with feedback!

Let’s dive in gang!

About the Author

Jason Falls
Jason Falls is the founder of Social Media Explorer and one of the most notable and outspoken voices in the social media marketing industry. He is a noted marketing keynote speaker, author of two books and unapologetic bourbon aficionado. He can also be found at JasonFalls.com.
  • Pingback: blogs.paclimate.com()

  • Pingback: thenewgay.net()

  • Pingback: simply click the following web site()

  • Pingback: sofas()

  • And here I had such a good one too….

    “Because I want to be on Overblog, b____!”

  • Jodie

    I want in! I’ll email you. Let me know. Thanks.

    • No need for a code now, Jodie. The launch was Wednesday. Just go to Overblog.com and sign up!

  • Jodie

    Excited to try this platform. Can I still get an invite?

  • Graham
    • Hey Graham,

      Thanks for commenting and sharing the post. Here’s your invite to Overblog!
      Just go to http://over-blog-kiwi.com and register. Use this invite code (unique to you … don’t share):

      2a459380709e2fe4ac2dae5733c73225ff6cfee1

      And you’re in. Use the Overblog Feedback & Support tab (lower right corner of your browser window once logged in) to offer feedback, input or ask questions of the support team. And feel free to blog, tweet, etc., about your experiences. The Twitter handle, if you’d like to communicate with them there, is @Overblog_Eng …

      Thanks for asking for the invite. Enjoy and let us know what you think about Overblog.

      Jason

      [image: Social Media Explorer Logo] Jason Falls jason@socialmediaexplorer.com | 502.509.4763
      Buy The Book!
      Subscribe to Social Media Explorer’s
      Goodness

  • Geotoine1

    I’m in! 

  • If there are invites available yet, I’m in: angel.buendia@ornitorrincoenlinea.com 

  • I am Brazilian. I do not speak English and this comment was translated into Englishbefore posting it, but I would like to use this new platform.
    Still have invitation?
    hugs

    • Hello Jose’. I’ll need an email address. You can send it to me at jason – at – socialmediaexplorer.com! Thanks!

  • marketingveep

    Does a girl need to cut in line to get a part of the action? I’d dig the chance to kick the Overblog tires. I’ve been a techno tinker-er since 199….wait, there’s no need to bring age into this discussion. 

  • i don’t like idea of free platform for blog i think better to buy some hosting

  • Blend Feed

    Thanking you for the invite to blog first  article which is a recipe for the world’s tastiest healthy muffin.
    Hope you try it, you won’t be feeling hungry all the time because of all the nutritious fibre foods.
    Much peace!

  • Jason, Lets call this request the Exchange in the Exchange District…if you know anything about Winnipeg Manitoba. I had a request to create something for our Youth Exchange program Rotary International District 5550 (Central Canada) and your “Overblog” is exactly what I need. If I could get a copy it would be much appreciated.

    • Hey Rotary District 5550 – I’ll need an email address. If you commented using Twitter or Facebook to login to comment, I don’t see an email address on the backside of the system. Please email me one at jason – at – socialmediaexplorer.com.

      • Jason I’m not sure my e-mail to you made it so please send to jborst |-@-| drytel.net thanks

  • Todd ‘Tojosan’ Jordan

    Also shared over on LinkedIn.

    • Hey Todd!

      Thanks for commenting and sharing the post. Here’s your invite to Overblog!
      Just go to http://over-blog-kiwi.com and register. Use this invite code (unique to you … don’t share):

      9109c85a45b703f87f1413a405549a2cea9ab556

      And you’re in. Use the Overblog Feedback & Support tab (lower right corner of your browser window once logged in) to offer feedback, input or ask questions of the support team. And feel free to blog, tweet, etc., about your experiences. The Twitter handle, if you’d like to communicate with them there, is @Overblog_Eng …

      Thanks for asking for the invite. Enjoy and let us know what you think about Overblog.

      Jason

      [image: Social Media Explorer Logo] Jason Falls jason@socialmediaexplorer.com | 502.509.4763
      Buy The Book!
      Subscribe to Social Media Explorer’s
      Goodness

  • Todd ‘Tojosan’ Jordan

    I’m a gonna tell ya, I need’s me some new blogging platform.
    Hand it over and no one gets spammed.

    Honestly I love trying out new tools to communicate and share. If you’re willing to take a dip in, I’m there.

  • Absolutely I want one if there is still one available. 

    • Hey Cheryl. I’ll need an email address. If you used Twitter or Facebook to login to comment, the email doesn’t come through in the comment fields to me. You can send it to jason – at – socialmediaexplorer.com.

  • Patrick Garmoe

    Got any of those beta codes left big guy? The world’s been dying for one place where they can read all my Patrick Garmoe goodness. This platform sounds like it might be perfect. patrick (dot) garmoe at puredriven (dot) com.

  • Leopoldocardenas

    Yo quiero Overblog!

  • Jade Dou

    Is this work in China? I’d like to test, can I get an invitation?  thank you

  • Neil Zee

    I am a pretty big deal on the internets. I was the first person from Saskatchewan to ever log on to the internet.

  • Neil z

    You know you wanna give me one, I am a pretty big deal on the internets.

  • Julia Y.

    Just in time to start my blog.  Wanna share?

  • Blend Feed

    I will like to get a beta invite for an Overblog blog.

  • Now that’s what I call a blog post, Jason. :)
    I loved it so much that I couldn’t resist to referring it on my own OverBlog: http://goo.gl/Gnrfu
    Hope you don’t mind…

    Yes, the new OverBlog is not only great for blogging and life streaming, but for curating other bloggers’ content as well!

    Cheers,
    Paolo

  • Its seems a nice blog platform and I would really want to give it a one try. How can I be able to use it? does it require invitation or something?

  • Julio Aguirre

    I want to try OverBlog Service, its look very interesting.

  • Heck yeah I want to Overblog the crap out of that stuff!

  • Lisa Beecroft

    I fell off my last two blogs (ouch), and I am looking to pick myself up on another. Third time is a charm…

  • Here are my initial impressions. Hope it helps. 

    Testing the new blogging platform: Overblog or over-blog http://sfy.co/zlD #storify

    • Good stuff, Steve. Thanks for checking it out.

      I’ve actually gotten a note from the Dev team that most of your bugs/issues were fixed in this week’s update (which posted last night, I think). Check it out and see if you can.

  • Sherry Nouraini

    My first time commenting on your blog, so I’d consider it beginner’s luck if you have any invites left.  Thanks.

  • Jason,because you are the baddest fella in Louisville and someone I’d drink with…could I get  an invite?

    • Glad to Michelle. Just need an email address. You can send me one to jason – at – socialmediaexplorer.com. If you comment with Twitter, etc., I don’t get an email in the back end of the comment.

  • Colleen Pence

    Or, don’t sock it to me. Because I used Twitter to comment via Disqus and it didn’t ask for my email.

  • Sock it to me. 

    • Gotta have an email address, Colleen. Didn’t see one in the form field you submitted. Email me one – jason – at – socialmediaexplorer.com.

  • William “GrillSgt” Gentry

    I want to be ubercool like Jason and have an Overblog powered blog too, so Jason needs to pick me so I can increase my coolness. And it fits in with the fact that I’m planning out a new personal site to incorporate my online resume, posts about my hobbies and interests, the music I create, personally written editorials on current events, etc. I’d love to be able to include lifestreaming from selected social sites.

    • Hey William. Your email didn’t work. Can you send it to me – jason – at – socialmediaexplorer.com

  • Collin Kromke

    (Trying this again without Disqus so I can enter my email address.) I’m always down for trying something new, and this sounds like a perfect fit for what I’ve been looking for. Hook me up? 

  • I’m always down for trying something new, and this sounds like a perfect fit for what I’ve been looking for. Hook me up? Oh, and where do I put my email address?

  • I`ll love to have one invite (if you still have them).

  • Is it possible you may just have any of the Overblog invites left. overblogmemrfalls.iberia@neverbox.com

  • Vickie

    Jason
    Just shared and would love the keys to the kingdom to try this out. I will email you privately

  • Brit’ney McTush

    Hey! So I read you were the Man to speak with about the BETA invites. I’d love to test Overblog : ) 

  • I would love to test Overblog. What should i do? fmonroy@fmonroy.com 

  • I would love to test Overblog! Let me know if you still have any beta invites!  me@natespees.com

  • Bring It, Falls! And I will record a car-dancing-and-singing video ESPECIALLY for you. Deal?

    • I expect full payment on this! Heh.

      • You’ll get it. I promise. What’s your song choice? Hit me!

  • I’d really love to test out Overblog! I’f i get an invite, i promise to tell one embarrassing secret a week for six months. How’s that for fun? amberleigh17@gmail.com

  • I’d really love to test out Overblog! amberleigh17@gmail.com

    • I’m told it’s coming. The Instagram integration works really well.

  • Hey Falls, could ya send over some of that sweet, sweet Overblog water my way? I got a mighty online publishing thirst that needs quenching! Much obliged, sir.   

    • I’m going to need an email address, Kelly. You’re welcome to send it to jason – at – socialmediaexplorer.com or you can comment again and enter it in the commenting form field (no need to do it in the comment).

  • Hey Jason, this looks perfect for what I’ve been trying to get my programmer friend to do for me for free. Now (hopefully) I can stop pestering him. Cheers. david.benardo@gmail.com

  • Erik Deckers

    Hey Captain No Bullshit, whose leg do I have to hump to get an invite around here? Apparently I’m not cool enough for Overblog to receive a personal invite yet.

    • Whatever dude. Stop humping my leg. Heh.

  • Brad Mays

    Would love to try the platform. Will send you an email with mine, if there are still any invites available.  Thanks

  • 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, including about.me, but still haven’t found what I’m looking for. I’d like to give Overblog a try. Thanks Jason!

  • I thought this was the room for an argument? No? Then could I get an invite? Done over at Linkedin also! Thanks JF.

    • On its way! And you can argue here all you want. Heh.

  • Benson

    Yo Big Pimpin’, how’s about rollin’ some of that new blogging awesomeness this way? I’ve hooked it up on LinkedIn (interested in seeing the results of your experiment!)

    • Seriously, Disqus? You log me out just as I hit send? ;-) Sorry about that, dude. 

  • “If you never try something new, you’ll never know how old-fashioned your current tools are.” I just made up that saying, but, hey, it was short notice! LOL

    I’d like to snag one of those beta invites from you. I posted a pitch and link at LinkedIn. Will you be sharing the results of your LinkedIn experiment with us, too?

    Cheers,

    Ari 

  • I know what you’re thinking. “What would happen if I didn’t send David an Invote?” Well,
    to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I’m not to sure what I would do. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in
    the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask
    yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk? 

  • Give It To Me Baby??? Mama wants a new blogging toy!

    • I’m going to need an email address, Tabitha. You’re welcome to send it to jason – at – socialmediaexplorer.com or you can comment again and enter it in the commenting form field (no need to do it in the comment).

  • Good morning Jason, throw an invite my way if you still have any left! I want to take this baby for a test drive! 

    • I’m going to need an email address, Jason. You’re welcome to send it to jason – at – socialmediaexplorer.com or you can comment again and enter it in the commenting form field (no need to do it in the comment).

      Jason Falls
      jason@socialmediaexplorer.com | 502.509.4763
      Learn About SME’s Events! Subscribe to Social Media Explorer’s Goodness My profiles: [image: Facebook] [image:
      LinkedIn] [image: Twitter]

  • Send me an invite sweetcheeks Falls! haha Can’t wait to direct my social chatterbox mouth to another outlet :) 

    • I’m going to need an email address, Star. You’re welcome to send it to jason – at – socialmediaexplorer.com or you can comment again and enter it in the commenting form field (no need to do it in the comment).

  • I’d like one, Jason. this might be a good option for my students

  • Holy smokes! Hook up a fatty-bo-batty invite. 

    • Hey Chris. I need your email address. You can send it to jason – at – socialmediaexplorer.com if you like.

  • Keep it clean?  What if I push your planet sized ego along with butt into a mud puddle & make it dirty along with my request?

    jonfun@inbox.com

  • Oh, ME! Pick me! Pick me! Pity the WordPress user…

  • I’ll take a ham and cheese omelette, with a side of bacon, french toast, and …. throw in a beta invite for Overblog. Oh, and coffee too! Thanks 

  • myrstad

    Blogging not dead after all? Or time to start “after death blogging” on Overblog?

    Surely interested!
    mmyrstad@gmail.com

  • Craig Paterson

    Gies a invite ya great bampot (translated from the Scottish vernacular as Please may I have a BETA invite to Overblog you lovely, kind gentleman)

  • Craig Ignatowitz

    OH! Yes Please! I’d love to try this out.

  • What does kimosabe mean
    It is a made up word meaning “horse’s rear end.” The Lone Ranger thought it meant “friend. (source:http://goo.gl/DUahk)
    Can i get my invite kimosabe ;) 

  • Absolument que je veux l’essayer! 

    (And that’s French for Abolutely, I want to try it!)

    And one of the reasons is to see how the French and English are integrated ;-)

    MS

    • For all I know that’s French for, “Stupid American. Give me the code, fatty.” Heh. I’m cool, either way.

      • For all I know, you used Google Translate to make sure ;-)