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Sun, 01 May 2005 06:17:19 GMT
RSS for CDNian Businesses What is a Rich Site Summary (RSS) feed and how can I use it to advantage in my business?

Randy: One of Canada's leading RSS researchers, Stephen Downes speaks to CDNian businesses. Stephen also has a Website, Stephen's Web.

Sun, 01 May 2005 05:22:05 GMT
Calcanis on RSS Ads

Jason Calcanis: The best content out there will be either ad-supported or subscription.

Randy: IS, not WILL BE. The top ten feeds according Bloglines includes...

Sun, 01 May 2005 03:18:23 GMT
Yahoo! Search does RSS

Here's an example feed.

Sat, 30 Apr 2005 05:42:56 GMT
Safari does the one-click
Brent Simmons: With every feed I'™ve tested, just clicking on the link in the web page sends the URL to NetNewsWire. (It doesn'™t have to be a '˜feed'™ URL: Safari figures out that it'™s a feed and does the right thing.) It'™s the one-click-subscribing we'™ve wanted for so long but didn'™t have until now. This is a big step forward. I couldn'™t be more pleased.
Sat, 30 Apr 2005 04:56:31 GMT

Today, I discovered a new great blogging platform; You can get either a free (w/ ads) or paid account (w/out ads). Their terms specifically allow advertising for both free and paid account. Their stock templates are lacking, but extremely customizable (HTML). The only gaps are the lack of moblogging and API blogging, which really are not a big deal for most bloggers.

I would rank this as one of the best hosted blogging platforms available. Here's my list of top hosted blogging platforms.

  1. MyBlogSite
  2. JournalHome
  3. Friendster Blogs
  4. Typepad
  5. LiveJournal
  6. Blogger (maybe lower)

And my blog can be found here.

Fri, 29 Apr 2005 14:59:08 GMT is Broken
Well, it was a long time coming, but I have to say it once and for all. Blogger is broken. Last night, I received the following entry on one of my Blogger blogs. This is part of a unit test I run for my Rmail application. I guess, the fall out is that all my blogs on Blogger disappeared. I had to fully republish them all. I also noticed that all of my unit test that used Blogger were broken. I then sent an email to only to have it bounce back at me with the message "File too large". The entire message was less than 2k. The bounce message included "For further assistance, please send mail to <postmaster>". I've turned off my unit tests that use Blogger and am recoding them to use alternate blog hosts. Unfortunately, some of the unit test were specifically for my Blogger Atom API implementation. I've also tried posting the bugs I encounter on the bloggerDev mailing list, unfortunately they remain unanswered.
Fri, 29 Apr 2005 14:38:49 GMT
RSS Advertising and FeedDemon

Nick Bradbury: So, the question is, should FeedDemon strip ads? [cut] I don't wish to deprive income from those who rely on ad revenue - that in itself would shut out voices we might wish to hear.

Randy: Nick sounds off on the ads in my RSS thread.

Fri, 29 Apr 2005 01:00:34 GMT
Atom Format Versioning After Last Call?

0xDECAFBAD: My ears have perked up with the 'œlast call' noises coming from that direction, so I'™m getting the sense that I should start paying attention again.

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 16:50:45 GMT
Atom Version Incompatibility
I've been discussing versioning of Atom w/ some folks over on Eric's blog. It would seem that the Atom working group has forsaken backwards compatibility with version 0.3 of the Atom spec. Very disappointing.
Wed, 27 Apr 2005 17:49:51 GMT
RSS is a Network

You always have to remember that RSS is a network, not only a file format. A certain billionaire blogged something a few days ago that wasn't too smart. He deleted it within a few minutes. I assume by that, he doesn't want me to reblog it and I won't. But, the RSS network picked it up. It's in my reader, as well as many other RSS aggregators. It's a network. Hitting delete doesn't delete it everywhere. I Gmailed it to myself for permanent safe keeping. I didn't Gmail David Stern and never will either. I saved him a few $Ks. Hopefully, he'll donate it to my favorite charity.

Wed, 27 Apr 2005 16:09:32 GMT
My Web RSS Feedback

Eric Lunt: Looks like My Web is Yahoo!'s answer to Gather links and search results, publish your My Web links via RSS, and use the API for My Web. It's a beta and it shows ... is still miles ahead.

Randy: Agreed!

Wed, 27 Apr 2005 01:30:07 GMT
Saving, Sharing, and Syndicating

Yahoo: Today, we launched a 'My Web', a new personal search engine fully integrated with Yahoo! Search. [cut] We're also experimenting with Attention.XML as a way to ship around My Web data. To try it out, go to any My Web RSS feed and replace the "rss.xml" filename with "attention.xml".

Randy: Now, this sounds cool!

Update: Looks like I was wrong on the cool front.

Tue, 26 Apr 2005 15:01:15 GMT
Google AdSense in FeedBurner

Dick Costolo: Google is currently testing this program with just a few publishers, but as the program becomes more widely available, and your Google AdSense id is approved for use with RSS ads, FeedBurner will take care of the rest as part of our suite of services.

Randy: Very cool!

Tue, 26 Apr 2005 13:41:43 GMT
AdSense in RSS - Explained

Robert McLaws: So many of you might have already noticed that we have Google AdSense in our RSS feeds. [cut] I can't talk a whole lot about this yet. I can tell you that this is a pilot program for a new AdSense product that Google is looking into.

Tue, 26 Apr 2005 02:44:31 GMT
Google AdSense in RSS!

Chris Pirillo: Oh, it's pretty much official now - Google is putting AdSense in RSS. Take a look at LonghornBlogs (run by my good friend, Robert McLaws). Specifically, their feed.

Tue, 26 Apr 2005 00:15:22 GMT
Hacking RSS and Atom
0xDECAFBAD: I'™ve been spiraling down toward getting the final chapters of my book'™s first draft done.
Tue, 26 Apr 2005 00:05:15 GMT
OPML to Attention.xml

Technorati: Enter a URL to a list of sites you frequent like your blogroll, or upload the current subscriptions list from your favorite newsreader, and Technorati will help you to reorder the list, based on the time the sites were updated, and return the list in Attention.xml format.

Randy: I still don't see why we need Attention.xml.

Mon, 25 Apr 2005 23:57:05 GMT
NewsGator Completes 3rd rnd of Funding

NewsGator: NewsGator Technologies, Inc., the leading RSS software platform company, announced today that it has closed a third round of funding led by Masthead Venture Partners and with continuing support from existing investor Mobius Venture Capital.  This brings the total capital raised by the company since June of 2004 to over $10 million.

Randy: Congrats Greg!

Mon, 25 Apr 2005 21:18:05 GMT
Jump in Subscribers

Today, my FeedBurner feedstats reported a jump in the number of subscribers to the RSS Blog. Investigatng, I now have 27 subscribers using the Pluck RSS reader, whereas, I had one or two before. I didn't get any such boosts on other blogs with a similar number of subscribers. FYI.

Update: Pluck = 30.

Update: Pluck = 34. I thought at first that this rise was caused by a change in the way pluck reports fetches from FeedBurner, but the continued rise since then suggests another cause.

Mon, 25 Apr 2005 21:13:35 GMT
Juice 1.3

I just uploaded a new version of Juice. I'm gonna install it on a few computers before I move it to the download page. But, for those willing to test a release candidate, feel free to download it. Feedback please.

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 15:34:29 GMT

Dave Winer: Audible joins Team RSS.

Randy: Let me start with THEIR RSS IS INVALID. But even worse, doesn't have audio enclosures (based on my sampling). BORRRIING! The blocked popup was uhmm, interesting.

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:52:40 GMT

MLBlogs: Blogging has become a way of life, and now MLBlogs are here to make it even more fun. 

Randy: Wow! Brilliant.

Fri, 22 Apr 2005 12:24:55 GMT
How many RSS feeds can one consume?

Confusability: Here is the data for the 16,121 bloglines user who have more than ten public subscriptions.

Thu, 21 Apr 2005 21:28:56 GMT
Trouble in Pingland?

Chris Nolan: However lately I have noticed some lags when using them so I might run some experiments to try and pin-point the cause. What I mean is when i issue a ping to them, it used to be that the sites they then pinged would come and hit me right away. Now it seems that are the [only] ones that do. Even syndic8 doesn't anymore. A few others will come around in 10 or 15 minutes, but others still never seem to grab me :-(

Randy: I converted all my code to use Ping-o-matic in the last month. Sounds like a CVS rollback is in the wind.

Wed, 20 Apr 2005 23:57:15 GMT
Blogging Client Round-up

Tim Bray: So far I'™ve tested basic writing-in-the-browser, bloged, Ecto, MarsEdit, and w.bloggar.

Randy: Tim test the existing blogging software products. Of course, he missed Juice, but then I'm still really in an Alpha or early Beta stage. Having written a blogging client, I think Tim missed the interop problems of XML-RPC and RSD. Of course, he's probably trying to blog to his blogs, which might be better programmed than most. His intent is clear, the Atom WG is now working on a blogging API.

Wed, 20 Apr 2005 21:08:48 GMT
Last Call: Atom Syndication Format

IETF: The IESG has received a request from the Atom Publishing Format and Protocol WG to consider the following document: 'The Atom Syndication Format ' <draft-ietf-atompub-format-08.txt> as a Proposed Standard.

Tue, 19 Apr 2005 21:13:10 GMT
50,000 new FeedBurner feeds
Dick Costolo: FeedBurner will work with 20six to deliver detailed feed statistics and a new set of syndication capabilities to the 20six blogging community. 20six operates a variety of content publishing properties across Europe for hundreds of thousands of bloggers, including, and Across the spectrum of properties, FeedBurner will initially manage in excess of 50,000 active feeds.
Tue, 19 Apr 2005 16:49:53 GMT
Blogger Captchas

Blogger: Today Blogger has implemented captcha (a type of challenge-response test used to determine whether or not the user is human) on new blog creation.

Mon, 18 Apr 2005 21:11:46 GMT
Here's an article for your clueless boss
SilliconValleyWatcher: Even if you do know all about RSS, no doubt there's someone in your organization is bluffing their way through conversations about it. If so, quietly slip them this article and help them get up to speed.
Mon, 18 Apr 2005 15:15:54 GMT
AP Reviews MSN Spaces and Yahoo! 360

AP: Unfortunately, none of the five free or semi-free services satisfies me fully, and which one you choose depends on the specific features you value most.

Randy: Agreed! Try

Mon, 18 Apr 2005 05:39:33 GMT
According to Technorati, I currently have 121 inbound links from the last 7 days and 112 total. In fact, I've been at 112 total for several months now, about six months I think. Never changes. Must be a conspiracy. Everytime someone adds a link, they remove another ;)
Fri, 15 Apr 2005 18:36:09 GMT
DoS on Feed

Looks like there was a DoS attack on my feed from the 10th thru the 12th of April. I didn't even notice until I checked my FeedBurner logs. FeedBurner might have saved me a day of bad response times. 26k hits on the feed on the 11th of April. I wish! Don't know if it was intentional, bad software or what. Investigation begins.

Update: Attack originated from There's a nice Website on that IP address. Which looks like the DEV site for Funny enough, I'm subscribed to their blog. In fact, I was the first subscriber, cause the FeedBurner count moved from 0 to 1 the day I subscribed. The site seems to be registered to Ivan Pope. I sent him an email.

Update II: Ivan replied and is investigating.

Thu, 14 Apr 2005 22:15:35 GMT
Yahoo! News Beta

I really like the new Yahoo! News Beta. Let's start by doing a search for the term RSS. I can setup all kinds of alerts, via email, MSGer, RSS, My Yahoo! Just a couple thoughts...

Thu, 14 Apr 2005 21:25:55 GMT
Gmail does RSS

evhead: There's a new feature in Gmail called Web Clips, which displays little headlines above your inbox or message and is fed via, um, feeds.

Randy: I don't have this yet, so I assume it's being gradually rolled out. Doesn't sound very interesting.

Tue, 12 Apr 2005 17:58:59 GMT
30 Million Blogs
Frank Barnako: Google's Blogger is hosting an estimated 8 million blogs, more than any of almost three dozen competing services. In second place is, with about 6.6 million accounts. [cut] Jeffrey Henning, chief operating officer of Perseus, said that 31.6 million Web logs have been created on hosting services.
Mon, 11 Apr 2005 19:10:03 GMT
Trackback Fix!

I was getting so much trackback SPAM that I gave up deleting them until I could figure out a better approach, which I implemented just now. When you trackback to my blogs, I do an HTTP request of the URL and double check that you are actually linking to me. Let's see if things improve.

If this actually works, then the next step is to apply that routine to all previous trackbacks and get rid of all the bad karma Google Juice in my blog comments.

Update: This worked! I encourage others to copy the algorithm.

Mon, 11 Apr 2005 18:14:19 GMT
BlogPulse Cosmos
I've been searching for some time for an RSS-based cosmos feed that'll report links to my site, similar to Technorati, but one that actually works. Technorati has failed to impress me this last year, with most of the results these days being 2 weeks old before they hit my feed. Well, I found one. The following BlogPulse query returns very recent and plentiful links to my domain. And here's the equivalent RSS feed.
Mon, 11 Apr 2005 16:29:41 GMT
RSS Spam

Ross Mayfield: One of the many disturbing points a Spammer made when interviewed by Chris Pirillo was that they could even spam RSS.  Chris said something to the effect of, "bullshit, there is an unsubscribe button."  But when he explained that RSS provided perfect fodder for creating blogs that looked real, there was an Oh Shit moment. 

Mon, 11 Apr 2005 16:18:36 GMT
How to Blog Safely
EFF: Here we offer a few simple precautions to help you maintain control of your personal privacy so that you can express yourself without facing unjust retaliation. If followed correctly, these protections can save you from embarrassment or just plain weirdness in front of your friends and coworkers.
Mon, 11 Apr 2005 14:47:56 GMT
It would seem that BloggerApi is broken at and Google is not concerned about it. I left this clear bug report with them nearly a week ago. I've received no reply.
Mon, 11 Apr 2005 05:11:27 GMT Funding

Joshua Schachter: I accepted an investment from a group of thoughtful and influential investors. [cut] Union Square Ventures leads the investment group, and the other members are, Marc Andreessen, BV Capital, Esther Dyson, Seth Goldstein, Josh Koppelman, Howard Morgan, Tim O'Reilly, and Bob Young.

Randy: Congrats Joshua!

Mon, 11 Apr 2005 05:04:33 GMT
Still Wondering About Tags

Tim Bray: Are tags useful? Are there any questions you want to ask, or jobs you want to do, where tags are part of the solution, and clearly work better than old-fashioned search? I really want to believe that tagging is big, a game-changer, but the longer I go on asking this question and not getting an answer, the more nervous I get.

Randy: I have reasons, that are obvious to my friends, to subscribe to the Flickr hummingbird tag. I'm certain that PR people at XYZ Corp would benefit tremendous by subscribing to the XYZ tag. It's an easy way of tracking stuff. Or maybe I want ideas around a word, like Juice. Could this not all be done with URIs and URNs? I doubt it, because there is an element of small world in tags that is not captured by URIs and URNs. What do I mean by that? Well, not every picture with the same tag are actually related. This allows information to flow across community boundaries. And as we know, that's where all the interesting stuff lies.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not in favor of Technorati tag URIs. I much prefer simple RSS 2.0 categories.

Mon, 11 Apr 2005 04:58:38 GMT
State of the Blogosphere

Dave Sifry has released three new blog entries on the state of the blogosphere.

  1. Growth of Blogs
  2. Posting Volume
  3. The Long Tail
Mon, 11 Apr 2005 01:37:36 GMT
MyBlogSite Review

I spent a good couple of hours working MyBlogSite. The site claims, "MyBlogSite is by far the best blog tool on the net. It'™s easy to use for those that need the help. But it has the most comprehensive tool set for web savvy experts." And IMHO, they are correct. In the matter of a few minutes, I was able to configure a blog, which is mostly done by dragging and dropping spaces around a Web Form, but you can also edit the HTML behind these spaces. You can add your own Adsense, remove their Adsense and post using APIs or their WYSIWYG control.

Compared to Blogger. It's a lot more responsive. Like Blogger, it's free. Both are equally very easy to use as compared to most blogging tools. Blogger doesn't support RSS or MetaWeblogApi, whereas MyBlogSite does.

Compared to Typepad. I like to consider Typepad the best achievement in technical blogging platform. Now there's a tie for the lead technical blogging platform.  The tie breaker is that MyBlogSite is free, whereas Typepad is not free. You can get a free version of Typepad thru Friendster, but free friendster blogs are ad supported and although MyBlogSite is also ad supported, the ads can be easily removed.

Sun, 10 Apr 2005 17:15:33 GMT
Open Content Syndication

Yet another RDF-based syndication format. Sam is missing this one.

Sat, 09 Apr 2005 18:44:29 GMT
BlogPulse Update
Yesterday, Steve Rubel announced that BlogPulse has RSS search results from their RSS database. I pointed out that the feeds were invalid. Natalie Glance has indicated in this blog's comments and a private email that the feeds have been fixed. Confirmed. Let's start polling.
Fri, 08 Apr 2005 21:53:35 GMT
Folksologies: de-idealizing ontologies

Stefano Mazzocchi: The problem is rather simple, really: words are not unique identifiers for concepts. Everybody knows this very well: synonyms exist in every language. So, all you need to start is to create unique identifiers for your tags, but if you don't do it well enough, it doesn't scale globally.

Randy: Great thoughts on folksology. I love his URN syntaxes. What's the difference between folksology and folksonomy? :)

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 21:03:31 GMT
BlogPulse RSS Search Feeds

Steve Rubel: BlogPulse has launched RSS alerts for blog searches. Taste a sample.

Randy: Feedster's got some competition.

Notes: The feeds from BlogPulse are invalid.

Update: I did a little looking around and BlogPulse has a lot of features that simply don't work. This isn't competition for Feedster, it's more like a compliment to Scott Johnson and his development team.

Update: This service is broken. The RSS views OK in a Web browser, but responds badly when you try to actually use the RSS. For instance, I get no <items>, when I use Web Sniffer.

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 16:03:14 GMT
Review of MSN Spaces, Yahoo! 360

I have an MSN Spaces blog. I also have a Yahoo! 360 blog. I've been asked, "Which do you think I should use?" Well, I have an easy answer for you. NEITHER! Both systems were thrown together to try and compete with Google's Blogger. I once said it was a small step up from Blogger. I was wrong. Truth is, they are light years behind. I've come to realize this in this last week while working on a blogosphere personal project. Now, let me tell you what's wrong with MSN Spaces and Yahoo! 360.

Now, don't get me wrong. Blogger isn't the best either. See Typepad. But Typepad isn't free. Please correct any mistakes/misunderstandings above in my comments.

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 15:23:17 GMT
XML is frozen

Tim Bray: XML was frozen and published in February 1998. As it came toward the end and it became obvious -- well, not obvious, but likely anyhow -- that this was going to get a lot of momentum, we were besieged by requests for extra features of one kind or another. We basically lied and told the world, we would do all that stuff in version 2. You have to shoot the engineers and ship at some point, right? I think there will never be an XML version 2. There is an XML version 1.1, but it's controversial and not widely supported.

Dave Winer: Emphatically, that XML is frozen is a good thing. If it were a moving target nothing would get done. And the same is true of RSS.

Randy: Everybody wants their spec to be frozen. Everybody wants to rewrite everybody elses spec. Who wins? Tech consulting firms like IBM, who hire out consultants to solve the problems caused by the proliferation of specs. Which, BTW, IBM is most responsible for creating. If only the Ses in SOAP and RSS stood for simple.

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 12:28:49 GMT
No More Lost Posts!

Blogger Buzz: You will be so what? Frustrated? Wrong! You won't care because all you need to do is start it up again and click "Recover post." Blogger now auto-saves as you type.

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 12:28:42 GMT
No More Lost Posts!

Blogger Buzz: You will be so what? Frustrated? Wrong! You won't care because all you need to do is start it up again and click "Recover post." Blogger now auto-saves as you type.

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 12:28:35 GMT
No More Lost Posts!

Blogger Buzz: You will be so what? Frustrated? Wrong! You won't care because all you need to do is start it up again and click "Recover post." Blogger now auto-saves as you type.

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 12:28:28 GMT
No More Lost Posts!

Blogger Buzz: You will be so what? Frustrated? Wrong! You won't care because all you need to do is start it up again and click "Recover post." Blogger now auto-saves as you type.

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 12:28:21 GMT
No More Lost Posts!

Blogger Buzz: You will be so what? Frustrated? Wrong! You won't care because all you need to do is start it up again and click "Recover post." Blogger now auto-saves as you type.

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 12:28:14 GMT
No More Lost Posts!

Blogger Buzz: You will be so what? Frustrated? Wrong! You won't care because all you need to do is start it up again and click "Recover post." Blogger now auto-saves as you type.

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 12:22:29 GMT
Google to start Video Blogging

BBC: Search engine firm Google is to begin an experiment in "video blogging", according to co-founder Larry Page.

Thu, 07 Apr 2005 20:40:33 GMT is the most flexible free blogging service in the blogsphere. Problem is that everybody uses it and it's gotten slow as hell. Searching for alternatives, I came across I created a blog in about one minute and was I impressed; customizable down to the HTML level (I can host Adsense) and support for BloggerApi, MetaWeblogApi, USM and much more. Recommended.

Thu, 07 Apr 2005 19:29:23 GMT
Beginning RSS and Atom Programming

I just found out that Danny Ayer's book is nearly ready to go. Get your copy. I'm getting one.

Thu, 07 Apr 2005 16:00:36 GMT
MSN Spaces (not Beta)

Dare Obasanjo: As some of you may have noticed the MSN Spaces homepage changed last night. It is officially out of beta and there have been a few enhancements to the service made in the transition.

Thu, 07 Apr 2005 15:19:48 GMT
Banned by Slashdot

Every few months, I get the following or similar email.

I have just received a message via RSS that my headline reader has been banned [by Slashdot].

I investigated and found that this RSS reader is also subscribed to some of my feeds. It seems well behaved. Couldn't figure why it would be banned. I'm not personally subscribed to Slashdot, I find its content trivial, predictable and often immature, so I've never experienced a ban myself. That said, I think our friends at Slashdot need to get off their high horses. Also, while investigating, I found the following HTML on their homepage.

<LINK REL="alternate" TITLE="Slashdot RSS" HREF="//" TYPE="application/rss+xml">

Obviously, a lame attempt at RSS auto-discovery. Hopefully somebody at will read this and fix their behavioral and HTML issues.

Thu, 07 Apr 2005 14:07:28 GMT
RSS Advertising, Coming Fast
Dave Morgan: Advertising embedded in RSS feeds is becoming a hot topic. Over a year ago, Pheedo released an RSS advertising case study. Last fall, Wired magazine ran a story about the growth of RSS advertising.
Thu, 07 Apr 2005 14:04:07 GMT
Paris Hilton Podcasting
Paris Hilton is podcasting and she has an RSS feed with enclosures.
Wed, 06 Apr 2005 21:47:55 GMT
iPodLounge interviews evhead

Wed, 06 Apr 2005 14:16:44 GMT
 evhead's semi-stealth thingy.
Tue, 05 Apr 2005 20:39:02 GMT
Tim Bray Interview

Tim Bray: In any case, the world of RSS has been kind of wild and woolly and prone to flaming and bad behavior, and partly as a result, there are a lot of versions and none of them is specified that well. So I'™m co-chairing an IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) working group that is publishing a protocol under the name Atom that tries to capture all of the prior art in this stage and might provide a good basis for winding down the syndication wars. I think it'™s going to have an impact.">great interview with one of the founders of XML and Atom, Tim Bray. Some excerpts follow.

Tim Bray: The XML serialization of RDF is horrible; it'™s a botched job.

Tim Bray: In any case, the world of RSS has been kind of wild and woolly and prone to flaming and bad behavior, and partly as a result, there are a lot of versions and none of them is specified that well. So I'™m co-chairing an IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) working group that is publishing a protocol under the name Atom that tries to capture all of the prior art in this stage and might provide a good basis for winding down the syndication wars. I think it'™s going to have an impact.

Mon, 04 Apr 2005 23:02:38 GMT
AutoDisco vs. rel=self

Anne van Kesteren: Feed autodiscovery is in my opinion far more effective than the rel="self" thing. O well.

Randy: Agreed, but this isn't a question of either/or. We require both. Some RSS clients will use autodisco exclusively, some will use USM exclusively, some will use both.

Mon, 04 Apr 2005 18:12:22 GMT
Atomizer update

Dave Stewart: I had to update Atomizer to add support for's change to how they do authorization.

Randy: My old BloggerApi classes have stopped working on :( I've inquired with bloggerDev as to why. I'll try Dave's Atomizer to fill the gap until I have another solution.

Update: I'm been posting this morning w/ Atomizer. It's excellent for

Mon, 04 Apr 2005 18:04:33 GMT
Structure Blogging

Bob Wyman: Structured blogging is about making a movie review look different from a calendar entry. On the surface, it'™s as simple as that - formatting blog entries around their content. To see what we'™re talking about, check out the sample content on the blog. On another level, it'™s a bit more complicated - what we want to do is create structure (in the form of XML) around each of these types of entries, to organize the data inside and to let machine readers - other programs, sites, and aggregators - better understand the content.

Randy: The PubSub team is doing some great work to promote better meta-data in your RSS. He calls it structured blogging, I call it the Realistic Semantic Web.

Mon, 04 Apr 2005 17:37:10 GMT
FeedBurner completes 2nd funding round

Dick Costolo: We are pleased to announce that we have completed a $7 million second round of financing for the company.

Randy: Congrats Eric and Dick!

Mon, 04 Apr 2005 13:44:24 GMT
Why We Need Atom Now

Tim Bray: We'™re getting real, real close to sending the Atom data-format draft off for general IETF review. [cut] Via Technorati and PubSub, I subscribe to a bunch of synthetic feeds based on various keywords searches and URL linkages. They are infested with duplicates.

Randy: I don't see how Atom is gonna solve the Technorati duplicate problem. What Tim seemingly doesn't realize is that Technorati scrapes more than just the RSS feed, they also scrape the HTML. Most of the hits I get from Technorati are not present in the RSS, but rather in the HTML (blogrolls, sidebar lists, etc.) and the duplicates, from what I see, come from this HTML scraping, not the RSS.

Fri, 01 Apr 2005 21:51:03 GMT
Not Really Sufficient Syndication

Dave Winer: Obviously Atom is the way to go. Anything would be better than RSS!

Randy: Dave apologizes for creating the failure that RSS is.

Fri, 01 Apr 2005 21:36:40 GMT
LinkCounts by PubSub

Bob Wyman: To satisfy people's apparently insatiable hunger for statistics and to provide folk with something to digest while we continue to refine and rebuild our LinkRank system, we've started to publish some of the raw data extracted daily from the more than 9 million blogs that PubSub monitors.

Randy: Link Counts for Very cool!

Fri, 01 Apr 2005 15:34:55 GMT
Blogosphere was just an April Fool's Joke

Dave Winer: Today is April Fool's Day, so look out for some laughs. But in all seriousness, today is also the birthday of two of my creations, Scripting News and Frontier.

Randy: Scripting News is undoubtedly the center of the blogosphere. Is the blogosphere just one big April Fool's Day joke from Dave and the gang. That would explain a lot of the flamage. Happy 8th Dave!

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