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Thu, 31 Mar 2005 16:22:45 GMT
FlickR Tag Browser

Very cool waste of 5 minutes.

Wed, 30 Mar 2005 02:57:02 GMT
The Atom Publishing Protocol

Robert wrote up another Atom IETF protocol draft. The first sign of life for the Atom protocol in a long time. Great work Robert!

I don't understand what is meant by "This memo is a variant of the original Atom Publishing Protocol, as authored by Joe Gregorio" as I haven't been following the Atom list for many months now. Is there a rift in the Atom WG?

Wed, 30 Mar 2005 00:08:18 GMT
Joshua Focuses on

Joshua Schachter: After seeing my little project go from a small hobby to a large one and then consume all my waking hours, I've decided to quit my job and work on full time.

Randy: This is a great decision. I just hope it means he's already got the financing lined up.

Tue, 29 Mar 2005 20:41:51 GMT support for personal and self-promotional events, tagging of events, a complete API, improved visual design, and e-mail/SMS reminders.

Randy: Something to keep an eye on.

Tue, 29 Mar 2005 20:32:01 GMT
Red Blog by AOL

AOL: AOL's RED Service for teens launches RED(TM) blogs, a fully customizable online blogging journal just for teens.

Randy: New blogging services are everywhere.

Tue, 29 Mar 2005 16:19:01 GMT
Yahoo 360

Dave Winer: Yahoo 360 shows up, sorta [cut] It's a ghost town with 404's all over for people who weren't invited, the exact wrong thing to do on rollout day. The home page of the site is 404. You know it was somewhat cute when Google did the invite-only thing with Gmail, but you could use it to communicate with people who didn't use it. This software is broken for people who aren't 360 users! And Orkut was invite-only too, and it's as dead as can be now.

Randy: Can only agree with Dave. My experience this morning with 360 wasn't fun. 404. 404! 404!!! Yahoo R&D needs more QA. Please send resumes to Jeremy.

BTW, I'm looking for an invite. Please send one to or Yahoo! Id randymorin. Thanks!

Update: I got my invite from Jeremy. Thanks! Anybody want one?

Mon, 28 Mar 2005 04:52:20 GMT
M$FT to dominate Blogging sooner
Bob Wyman: The news seems full these days with reports that Microsoft is developing a comprehensive set of blogging and aggregation tools. Most recently, there has been a raging debate on /. about the Microsoft-Watch story which claims that IE 7 will include a free bundled RSS/news aggregator.
Sun, 27 Mar 2005 05:07:50 GMT

Litefeeds is a J2ME RSS Reader. John Goodall sent me an email looking for BETA testers.

Sun, 27 Mar 2005 02:24:59 GMT
USM is pretty cool

Marc Abramowitz: I installed the USM Windows Reference Installer from this page and chose My Yahoo! as my RSS reader. Now I can click feed:// URLs (like this one) and they get added automatically. That’s pretty cool because if everyone adopts this, then blogs only have to provide one feed:// URL instead of providing a zillion dinky buttons for add to My Yahoo!, add to bloglines, etc….

Randy: Marc gets it! 

Sat, 26 Mar 2005 03:19:14 GMT
Yahoo! flickr

flickr: Holy smokes, SOMEBODY out there is bad at keeping secrets!!  Yes! We can finally confirm that Yahoo has made a definitive agreement to acquire Flickr and us, Ludicorp.

Randy: As rumoured before a couple weeks ago, Yahoo! purchased flickr (while I was on vacation).

Sun, 13 Mar 2005 00:48:01 GMT
Yahoo! Toolbar Discovers RSS
Yahoo! Search Blog: Yahoo! Toolbar for IE (v5.6) now detects RSS/Atom feeds just like its toolbar sibling for Mozilla Firefox. The toolbar uses RSS Autodiscovery to detect feeds.
Sat, 12 Mar 2005 03:46:18 GMT
My Yahoo! RSS is WAP
Scott Gatz, senior director of Yahoo personalization: We just publicly launched a feature on Yahoo! Mobile for users to get their RSS feeds from MyY! on their mobile phone (all wap 2.0 devices).
Fri, 11 Mar 2005 02:22:26 GMT
Gone to Florida
I'm leaving in the morning for Florida, I likely won't be posting here for two weeks, but you can catch me on the RVDad blog, where I'll recount our fun camping with Mickey and the gang.
Thu, 10 Mar 2005 19:24:47 GMT
USM Logo
Robin put together a USM logo. Thanks! I wonder if Mattel will care?
Wed, 09 Mar 2005 23:31:33 GMT

Microsoft is creating a Web-based RSS reader.

Wed, 09 Mar 2005 22:41:44 GMT
Attention.xml Could Change PR

Steve Rubel: Attention.xml is a new technology standard that's being proselytized by influencers like Steve Gillmor, David Sifry, Robert Scoble and Jeremy Zawodny. Basically it is metadata that records and shares information on the "attention" users give to their RSS feeds and blogs. Scoble said that by the end of 2005 we'll all know what attention.xml is and why it's important for the services we choose to support it. Listening to this podcast with Steve Gillmor and Chris Pirillo today, I could not help but agree.

Randy: I keep hearing about attention.xml. I ask, "What is it?" I'm pointed to a Webpage, which makes it sound like OPML. I say, "You mean it's another OPML?" They always answer "No."

Now, I jump into the time machine and go back five years.

I keep hearing about RDF. I ask, "What is it?" I'm pointed to a Webpage, which makes it sound like XML. I say, "You mean it's another XML?" They always answer "No."

Sounds like the new RDF.

Reminder to self, listen to the podcast tonight.

Wed, 09 Mar 2005 21:52:12 GMT

Seth Russel: We should find some way to eliminate the domain name from our tags. A tag is a tag is a tag, is the same tag, regardless if it is tagged at technocarti or or fliker or whatever.

Marc Canter: So how can we take those ideas - get folks using the ENT namespace and create a truely open topic exchange.

Randy: What I'm getting is that we want a tag that isn't tied to a cloud. The clouds being, flickr and technorati. Nor do we want these tags to point to a specific online resource. So, we want identifiers, without domains, that don't point to an online resources. Kinda sounds like a URI, one that isn't a URL. Like a URN. Maybe we need a URN namespace, like urn:folksonomy:tagname.

Wed, 09 Mar 2005 20:53:30 GMT
Bloglines Citations Great Again!
Bloglines Citations has been giving me great results again this week. <featureRequest>Now if only I could get these results in RSS.</featureRequest> Mark?
Wed, 09 Mar 2005 18:26:19 GMT
Simpsons WP Plugin

Mark Harwood: As requested i’ve .zip’d up the Simpsons plugin i wrote for WordPress and made it availibe for you to download.

Randy: The best piece of work I've seen in the blogosphere in a long time. Got WordPress, get this.

Wed, 09 Mar 2005 03:28:48 GMT
FeedBurner XML

Richard MacManus: How to access your Feedburner stats in XHTML or XML. Eric came up with two new templates for Feedburner users to output their statistics in XHTML and XML.

  1. The XHTML template is similar to the format Jon used in his Bloglines analysis. Here's the URL to get to it: Note: replace the "12345" above with your Feedburner ID
  2. The other template provides pure XML and you can get to it using this URL:

Randy: Here's a big THANK YOU from the blogosphere to Eric Lunt. WOW!

Mon, 07 Mar 2005 23:04:35 GMT
Delivery Software Updates by RSS

Robin Good: RSS-based subscriptions have the potential to radically improve the process. Just as you might voluntarily subsribe to RSS-based newsfeeds in a news aggregator, or podcasts, or videocasts, you can also subscribe to software updates.

Mon, 07 Mar 2005 21:22:49 GMT
Yahoo! To Deepen Its Blogosphere

therssweblog: A financial analyst commented on Yahoo!’s likely Weblogs plans, saying the company can be expected to build or acquire tools for creating and hosting blogs.

Randy: The RSS bubble grows. I'd put money on a Yahoo! - Six Apart deal. Google's already got their Blogger. Microsoft has their MSN Spaces. Yahoo!'s got nothing. Unless Six Apart wants to do it alone.

Mon, 07 Mar 2005 20:22:22 GMT
The on-demand blogosphere

Jon Udell: What if the blogs we read didn't just scroll past us in our RSS inboxes? What if we could consult the wisdom of our networks of bloggers on demand, in realtime, relative to topics of current interest? And what if we could consult their networks too?


Mon, 07 Mar 2005 18:51:20 GMT
CBC: Each week, the CBC's technology columnist Tod Maffin introduces listeners to new technology, from consumer electronics to the latest Internet trends.
Sun, 06 Mar 2005 22:16:46 GMT

Today, I was thinking about subscribing to the AlwaysOn RSS feed. First of all, the Webpage takes forever to render, then I clicked thru on the XML link and this brought me to another Web page, which is the popular choice these days. I then arrive at another page that presents four different variations of RSS. But they are not clickable. You have to copy and paste the URLs. Very stupid. I cut and paste and guess what? It's not well-formed XML. I tried to leave feedback and I arrived at a page full of banners and no input box or clickable email address. They must have lots of subscribers.

Sun, 06 Mar 2005 21:01:19 GMT

PocketRSS is a Today Screen plugin and stand-alone application which allows a quick and easy method of displaying various types of RSS/OPML compliant data on your Today Screen. It does require a connection to the Internet from the Pocket PC, but is designed to still function while offline.

Randy: What a great application for a limited platform.

Sun, 06 Mar 2005 20:16:12 GMT
What is Appcasting?

Fraser Speirs: Appcasting is the practice of using the 'enclosure' feature of RSS 2.0 feeds to deliver updates and release notes for new software applications.

Randy: Wow! Great idea! This is how auto-update should work.

Sat, 05 Mar 2005 17:12:43 GMT
Do Tags Work?

Tim Bray: I was sitting up and got pinged by Dave Sifry about Technorati’s new related-tags feature; Technorati thinks that Baseball is related to Sports, MLB, Football, Basketball, Natural Philosophy (gotta love that), and tickets.

Randy: This sentence got me thinking about how wrong tagging is. Look at the MLB link in Tim's post. It points to This is breaking the Web. Technorati is not the authority on MLB. The tag should be MLB. It must point to It must recognize the proper authority. Otherwise, the entire authority link structure of the Web breaks. You wanna find out whose talking about MLB, then just do a Technorati search on the domain;

Sat, 05 Mar 2005 16:13:26 GMT
Planet Roller

Dave Johnson: Planet Roller is a community aggregator, a tool for creating a website that combines related but separately hosted blogs together into one blog with it's own newsfeed.

Randy: I love the aggregated community blog idea. This tool requires some technical knowledge.

Fri, 04 Mar 2005 21:34:17 GMT
The Great RSS Reader Bandwagon

Pamela Parker: Every day seems to bring news of another publisher jumping on the branded RSS newsreader bandwagon.

Randy: A great article on the co-branded RSS newsreader.

Fri, 04 Mar 2005 20:06:44 GMT
The Free Blog
I played today with Friendster's new blogs. I got myself an ad-supported free Friendster Blog, powered by TypePad. Looked around and the decision is easy. The best free blogging service is no longer Blogger, it's Friendster.
Fri, 04 Mar 2005 18:19:11 GMT
Bloglines Citations

Bloglines Citations has pretty much been a no show all month. Gone the path of Technorati and Feedster. There doesn't seem to be a working backlink finder anymore :(

There is a problem with the database. Please try again later

I do use Feedster RSS keyword search all-the-time. Very reliable. Works like a charm. Thanks Scott and Scott!

Thu, 03 Mar 2005 15:18:27 GMT
USM for You Subscribe
Eric Hayes of you software has informed me they will be supporting USM in their you subscribe RSS reader.
Thu, 03 Mar 2005 01:49:52 GMT
text/xml is Broken

Anne van Kesteren: So I thought I read RFC 3023 carefully, but apparently I did not. [cut] you can only change the character encoding of an XML document with a text/xml Content-Type using the optional charset parameter.

Architecture of WWW: In general, a representation provider SHOULD NOT assign Internet media types beginning with "text/" to XML representations. [cut] In general, a representation provider SHOULD NOT specify the character encoding for XML data in protocol headers since the data is self-describing. 

Randy: The evidence is clear. If you respond Content-Type: text/xml, then you respond incorrectly. Your RSS feed should respond Content-Type: application/rss+xml. Thanks to Anne and Phil for putting some mustard behind this issue of late.

Wed, 02 Mar 2005 22:02:04 GMT
The RSS Bubble is here

Steve Gilmour: Splash! Fwoop! Znorf. It’s the sound of nextgen RSS plays parachuting into the Valley, Rte. 128, and everywhere there’s a broadband connection. Odeo, Brightcove, ourmedia, the Times–by this time next spring the forest will be thick with bees circling in search of unpolinated flowers.

Randy: Who's in?

Wed, 02 Mar 2005 16:14:03 GMT
Web RSS Reader Web RSS Reader is a free service, web-based replacement for usual RSS reader software.

Randy: I'll have to figure out the URL to enable USM on this Web-based RSS Reader. Looks pretty cool and simple.

Update: I created an account, logged-in, but nothing else seems to be functional. I tried adding, deleting, etc. and the Website doesn't respond to any of the requests.

Wed, 02 Mar 2005 13:29:08 GMT
Wists looks like another Dude.
Wed, 02 Mar 2005 13:06:57 GMT for sale

Jim Winstead: this includes:

the software requires mysql 4.1 and php 5. i don't have a price in mind, so don't ask. cash-flow wise, the site has cost approximately $3500 to date (mostly for hosting), and has earned less than $750 (mostly from google adsense ads).

Wed, 02 Mar 2005 12:59:17 GMT
Free Typepad on Friendster

Niall Kennedy: Friendster now offers free weblogs powered by TypePad. The free weblogs are supported by advertising and limited to 250 megabytes of bandwidth each month. Friendster weblogs can be upgraded to regular TypePad subscription levels.

Randy: Six Apart is making all the right moves.

Wed, 02 Mar 2005 02:07:14 GMT
Yahoo API Broken

The best discussion on the Yahoo API is happening over on Phil Ringnalda's blog.

Phil: Oh, and Yahoo's API uses REST rather than SOAP. [cut] the Yahoo API has a weblog. [cut] Google, if you actually value third party developers, get moving: Yahoo just ate your lunch. [cut] Hrm. Content-Type: text/xml without a charset, <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>. That seems familiar. Isn't that broken?

Randy: The Yahoo! Search API is definately lacking (buggy), but better than anything Google has. Not as good as the MSN Search Beta RSS, but close. Had Yahoo! re-used RSS instead of inventing me a new wheel, then it would be far better than MSN Search Beta RSS.

Wed, 02 Mar 2005 01:23:02 GMT
RSS, NOT XML Chicklets

Chris Pirillo: Please stop calling an RSS feed an XML feed.

Randy: Chris is taking up the fight to be a little more specific when we mean RSS feed. Well, he's got a point. OPML is an XML feed, but not an RSS feed. We can link those XML chicklets to OPML and maintain integrity, but maybe we should be a little more specific, to remove any confusion. I'm considering switching from the XML chicklet to the RSS chicklet.

Wed, 02 Mar 2005 01:22:58 GMT
RSS, NOT XML Chicklets

Chris Pirillo: Please stop calling an RSS feed an XML feed.

Randy: Chris is taking up the fight to be a little more specific when we mean RSS feed. Well, he's got a point. OPML is an XML feed, but not an RSS feed. We can link those XML chicklets to OPML and maintain integrity, but maybe we should be a little more specific, to remove any confusion. I'm considering switching from the XML chicklet to the RSS chicklet.

Tue, 01 Mar 2005 21:16:30 GMT

Improbulus and I have been doing some Q&A back and forth on just how USM works. From this, I decided to write a couple little scenarios describing exactly what happens when you enable USM on your blog.

When you left-click on a USM capable chicklet, then the Web browser will download the RSS file and try to launch the application associated with the file. Now let's break this into two scenarios where the user has a USM capable client and not.

Scenario #1
If the user has a USM capable client, then it need not be already open. The browser will automagically launch the USM capable client, which may be an RSS reader, but might also just be a stub for transferring the click to My Yahoo or Bloglines. In the end, as long as the USM capable client is installed, does not need to be open, then the user moves toward subscribing to the feed. That's the dream behavior that USM provides.

Scenario #2
If the user does not have a USM capable client, then clicking on the chicklet will prompt the user to save the RSS file locally. About 2 million blogs already have this behavior. This is the same behavior that would happen if you clicked on a Word document and didn't have Word installed. I encourage user's to put a (What is This!) to the right of their RSS chicklet, to guide the users that don't have USM capable clients.

Tue, 01 Mar 2005 17:53:44 GMT

Jim Pitko: Basically, it's FeedBurner done right.

Randy: Jim is talking about Moreover's new FeedDirect service. Dick Costolo of FeedBurner has weighed in.

Randy: I tried the FeedDirect service. I signed up for FeedDirect and it directed me to sign up for BrightAds. Hmmm! Sounds more like FeedIndirect ;) Doesn't look like there's any value here. Did I just sign up for SPAM?

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