About reBlog

What is a reBlog?
A reBlog facilitates the process of filtering and republishing relevant content from many RSS feeds. reBloggers subscribe to their favorite feeds, preview the content, and select their favorite posts. These posts are automatically published through their favorite blogging software.

Why should you reBlog?
reBlogs are useful to individuals who want to maintain a weblog but prefer curating content to writing original posts. They can also enable organizations to tap the contributions of their employees, members, and communities-at-large in order to easily redistribute relevant content.

What if I don't want to blog anything?
reFeed, the RSS aggregating component is damn sexy and worth using if you just want to read lots of content and not be constrained to one computer.

Download reBlog

There are two current versions of reBlog.

Version 2.0 (beta 2) is a newly-released version of the software with some drastic improvements to the 1.x series and all-new codebase. Use this version if you don't need to stick with an older version for any particular reason. Although earlier versions will continue to be supported in the immediate future, 2.0 is intended to be the officially-supported version moving forward, and currently includes beta versions of the Movable Type and WordPress plugins.

Version 1.3 has been bumped from beta status to stable status. This is the most heavily-tested and widely-deployed version of reBlog currently available. Use this version if you need to push your reBlogged posts into our MoveableType plug-in, which is still being upgraded to accomodate reBlog 2.0.

To install your own reBlog, you will need a server with PHP, MySQL, and Perl CGI scripts. Before you get started, please skim the installation instructions and the README to make sure you have the technical background necessary to do the installation. We promise, it's not that hard. If you can install and use Movable Type, you can install and use reBlog.

Also, check out the CHANGELOG to see what bugs have been fixed recently, and the UPGRADE instuctions if you have been using an older version of reBlog.

Then download reBlog-1.3.tar.gz or reBlog-2.0b2.tar.gz, extract it, and follow the instructions. Happy reBlogging.

How reBlog Works

The reBlog hack was originally developed by Eyebeam R&D to create a community site focused on art and technology. Now, Eyebeam R&D has teamed up with Stamen Design to flesh out the concept and bring the tools to the open source community.

The reBlog system consists of two main components:

  • reFeed, a web-based RSS aggregator, (derived from Feed on Feeds) augmented with functionality for selecting and editing, and republishing posts. Its output is a metadata-rich RSS feed in standard RSS 1.0 format.

  • Plugins for some of the web's most popular blogging software. Rather than writing yet another content management system, we are instead leveraging the power of other successful blogging software. Currently we have plugins for:
    • Movable Type
    • WordPress
    • Blosxom
    • Everything Else: The filtering component outputs a standard RSS feed, so it's easy to write plugins for your favorite blog software, or any other system that uses RSS.