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Sun, 01 Oct 2006 00:48:54 GMT
Technorati does adhoc RSS

Steve Rubel: Technorati has opened up RSS feeds for keyword and URL searches to all users. You no longer need to register for an account and set up watch lists.

Randy: Today, I like Technorati a lot better than yesterday. I've been asking for this for years.

Sun, 01 Oct 2006 00:41:22 GMT
Steve Olechowshi on RSS

Kate Trgovac posts some bullet points from Steve Olechowshi's at Future of Web Apps.

The fact that MyYahoo! consumes over 50% of FeedBurner's traffic is irrelevant. I have a few feeds in MyYahoo!, but I rarely ever actually use MyYahoo!, which I've heard said by many others too. I'd say the same about Firefox live bookmarks.

The first bullet contradicts what many people believe and it is correct. Think about what it means in the full vs. partial feed debate.

Thanks to Marjolein Hoekstra for the link [play tag with me candidate].

Sat, 30 Sep 2006 03:18:19 GMT
PodShow Receives $15M

PR: PodShow [cut] today announced that the company has raised a second round of venture funding from new and original investors, totaling $15M.

Fri, 29 Sep 2006 01:34:42 GMT
A New Google Reader

Ben Darnell:  As of today, Google Reader has a new look.


Please post your own reviews or links to them in the comments. Thanks!

Thu, 28 Sep 2006 20:45:25 GMT
The Terms Podcast and Podcasting

Rogers Cadenhead:  In recent weeks, Apple Computer has begun to object to some uses of the term "podcast" as possible violations of its iPod trademark. I'd like to propose that the RSS Advisory Board affirm our strong belief that the terms podcast and podcasting refer generically to enclosure-delivered audio and video broadcasts and should not be claimed as exclusive trademarks by any entity.

Thu, 28 Sep 2006 20:43:34 GMT
FeederReader at Podcasting Expo

Rogers Cadenhead: RSS Advisory Board member Greg Smith has a booth at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo Sept. 29-30 where he'll be demonstrating the FeederReader PDA RSS reader and podcasting client.

Thu, 28 Sep 2006 20:40:32 GMT
Attensa for Outlook 2.0

Scott Nielsen: On Wednesday we quietly refreshed our website and posted Attensa for Outlook 2.0. You can download the new version of Attensa for Outlook here. It's free.

Wed, 27 Sep 2006 20:51:59 GMT
XSS Test Cases in OPML

Peter Dawson passes along a suite of XSS vulnerability test cases and an OPML file containing RSS for all the test cases.


Tue, 26 Sep 2006 14:08:03 GMT
Call It Netcasting
Anton Wilson suggest using Netcasting in place of Podcasting. I like it! Let's agree on something and make the switch.
Mon, 25 Sep 2006 17:51:51 GMT
Techmeme with Ads

Techmeme now has sponsored blog posts. That's cool! And of course, everybody has something to say about this. Don't worry, it's in the margin, not where our eyeballs are looking.

Mon, 25 Sep 2006 03:37:15 GMT
Apple owns Podcasting?

Wired: Apple Computer has slapped Podcast Ready with a "cease and desist" letter, claiming that the terms "Podcast Ready" and "myPodder" infringe Apple's trademarks, and that they cause confusion among consumers.

Randy: Is Apple going after the Podcasting community that was partially responsible for the success of the iPod. I'm for renaming podcasting to MP3casting, audiocasting or similar. Dropping use of the word podcasting will have a negative affect on the sale of iPods, but this must be what Apple wants. Trying to explain the situation, I can only offer that Apple cannot meet the current demand for iPods and wants to reduce demand, so they don't disappoint customers. That's nice of them.

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 19:59:32 GMT
Michael Arrington is the Most Pompous Blogger EVAR!
'nuff said
Fri, 22 Sep 2006 19:35:01 GMT
Spin-It Michael Spin-It

It appears that Michael Arrington has sent his lawyers to crush TechCrush.

Michael Arrington: We put down our pencils here at the Crush-Room for the next days due to possible legal issues.

In Michael's all-too-much-used manner, he's spinning the truth. As Zoli puts it, Mike "TechCrunch" Arrington says it's just a friendly conversation.  Sorry Michael, we've already heard you say, My lawyers are pissy about our trademark and want us to send them a letter.  As soon as the rumour of Michael's legal challenge hit the blogosphere, TechCrush was back in business. What a buffoon Michael turned out to be.


Fri, 22 Sep 2006 14:25:30 GMT

Marjolein Hoekstra has prepared an OPML of all the RSS vendors.

Read about Marjolein's motivations to carry out this project on her new blog RSS Tool Vendors.

Subscribe to all feeds in the OPML
Fri, 22 Sep 2006 05:53:48 GMT
Dead Irony

Michael Arrington on the author of Dead 2.0: Sometimes he’s intelligent in his arguments, sometimes not so intelligent, and sometimes he resorts to cheap ad hominem attacks.

Peter Dawson in reply to Michael: How ironic.. I think the same of you and Nic for that matter of fact !!

Randy: Bulls-eye!

Thu, 21 Sep 2006 15:22:36 GMT
Who is Dead 2.0?

Nik Cubrilovic says he knows who Dead 2.0 is and that it's a VP at a prominent company that has raised a lot of money. Another hint: he was at the Techcrunch Party.

Thu, 21 Sep 2006 15:06:56 GMT
Socialtext 2.0

Ross Mayfield: [Socialtext] launched Socialtext 2.0 -- the most simple to adopt, use and extend wiki.


Thu, 21 Sep 2006 11:15:06 GMT
5,004 Subscribers

The FeedBurner chicklet is reporting 5000+ subscribers for the first time. A big thanks goes out to my readers. Some thoughts...

Wed, 20 Sep 2006 22:21:28 GMT
Techmeme cannibalizes Memeorandum

Bob Wyman: I stumbled across a fairly striking case of cannibalization... Many may remember that on May 8, 2006 Gabe Rivera's popular Memeorandum site spun out it's technology section as TechMeme. It is well known that Techmeme has been successful in rapidly gaining a very respectable readership. But, what may not be as well known is that much of Techmeme's gain seems to have been at the direct cost of its parent --- Memeorandum.

Randy: Click thru to see Bob's Alexa graph.

Wed, 20 Sep 2006 22:18:45 GMT
NewGator Go!

Greg Reinacker: NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile was released this morning.  If you're using a Windows Mobile device, and you haven't tried it yet, go download it now!  I'll wait.

Randy: NewsGator continues its push to be the end-all be-all solution for RSS reading. Congrats to Greg and his team!

Wed, 20 Sep 2006 21:56:12 GMT
OPML Icon Project

opml-icon-128x128The OPML Icon Project started by Chris Pirillo now has its own webpage. The icon is licensed as Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License. I really wish we could do this stuff in the public domain and forget the licensing.

Tue, 19 Sep 2006 18:30:40 GMT
Video Game Console User-Agents

Steve Olechowski published a list of the top Game Console user-agents as reported to FeedBurner.

  1. Sony PSP Native RSS Reader
  2. Mozilla/4.0 (PSP (PlayStation Portable); 2.00)
  3. PSP" Media Manager

Mon, 18 Sep 2006 13:57:00 GMT
How to Link Internally
Yesterday, I got fed up with blogs that link only internally to their own blogs. I likely overacted, but it does get very annoying when I start clicking on links only to find out that it's a pointer to an irrelevant article from the same blog. I don't think you could image how frustrating it is to then scan through all the links in a blog entry and find that all three dozen are actually just internal links. At three dozen irrelevant links, it becomes obvious that the person is doing it for SEO purposes and not interested in being an active participant in the blogosphere community. Now, I don't mind people that optimize their blogs, so I'm going to show you how to do the same without frustrating your readers. I'm using this blog entry as a guide. Note that some of the links point to my blog, but only when I'm specifically referring to a past blog entry and others point to other blogs and where those blog entries enhance my own blog entry. Now, I'm going to add a few related links, some on my blog and some on others, to the bottom for both SEO purposes and for readers who are interested in further thoughts on the issues.

Related Links

Sun, 17 Sep 2006 18:05:51 GMT
I'm amazed how many people recently have started internalizing their links. Often, when referring to something external to our blogs, we place a link on a keyword so that readers can easily click on the link to see what we're talking about. Others have started replacing those external links with related articles on their own blogs. I then have to Google up the external reference, because the blog in question doesn't link externally. After I do that two or three times, I unsubscribe.
Fri, 15 Sep 2006 16:32:38 GMT

Paul Sobocinski, a Toronto homeboy, has written an awesome article on using AJAX and RSS together to create Web content. This code is extremely well written and easy to understand, given a bit of XML and Javascript knowledge.

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 13:41:24 GMT
What is a Splog?

Please take one minute of your time to complete a 4 yes/no question survey on the Destroy All Malware blog. I want to determine what concensus we have on defining a splog. And if you may, please link this up so we can get maximum response. Thanks!

Thu, 14 Sep 2006 16:04:11 GMT
Mobile Reading

Dave Winer wants feedback on how mobile RSS readers can discover mobile friendly versions of article Web pages.

IMHO, targeting content to a mobile device is a bad idea. I would prefer the RSS publisher publish full content feeds, so that the reader doesn't have to escape the RSS reader to read the entire article. The problem then becomes, how to read comments and post comments to the blog entry. Joe Gregorio solved that problem 4 years ago with CommentAPI.

Publishers won't like this. They will respond, How do we make money? Put ads in your feed.

Tue, 12 Sep 2006 20:26:26 GMT

Stowe Boyd: Perhaps we need a dark doppelganger to TechCrunch – a TechMunch – a blog that religiously revisits every app that debuts in TechCrunch exactly six months later, and determines if these apps are now failures or successes.

Enter Techcrush. Launching this week.
Tue, 12 Sep 2006 16:29:43 GMT
RSS Xpress 2.5 Released

The latest version of RSS Xpress is now available for download.

Tue, 12 Sep 2006 14:55:12 GMT
Vox is boring!

I've been surfing around Vox today, just to check it out. It looks a lot like Typepad with the social features of LiveJournal and better support for media. Why wouldn't they just roll out these features to Typepad and LiveJournal? Thanks to Darren Barefoot for the invite.

My Vox blog ->

Sun, 10 Sep 2006 23:53:11 GMT
Microsoft Max

Nathan Weinberg has a comprehensive review of Microsoft's latest RSS reader; Microsoft Max.

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 20:11:22 GMT
Shutterfly Files for IPO

Mark Evans: Amid the flurry of photo and video-sharing start-ups, it is interesting to see Shutterfly file for a $73-million IPO.

Randy: Unlike most of the other, toilet in the sky, Web 2.0 startups, Shutterfly is actually making money.

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 17:14:09 GMT
OpenSearch Community

DeWitt Clinton: I would like to invite everyone to visit the new website for the OpenSearch community.

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 16:49:41 GMT
AOL to Launch AIM Phoneline Developer

PR: Delivering on its commitment to provide developers with open access to its popular services, AOL announced today it is opening its new AIM Phoneline service to developers. [cut] At next week's Fall VON 2006 in Boston, AOL will be showcasing examples using these APIs from [cut]: iotum™, a Voice 2.0 company that will show intelligent handling of incoming calls using their iotum Relevance Engine™.

Randy: Congrats to Alec Saunders and iotum!

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 21:05:34 GMT
If not for me do it for the web 2.0 kids

Jason Calacanis: Tim, why not invite Dave to an event and give him the credit and kudos he deserves for doing so much for our industry. [cut] Dave, if Tim does invite you into the O'Reilly tent accept the invite graciously.

Wed, 06 Sep 2006 18:39:34 GMT
Rojo Acquired by SixApart

Pete Cashmore: Rojo, the feed reader that launched back in 2004 and saw mixed results, is set to announce its acquisition by blogging company SixApart.

Tue, 05 Sep 2006 17:11:13 GMT
Thomas McMahon's Chicklet Creator

Thomas McMahon's Chicklet Creator is pretty awesome! I particular like the hover-over drop down version (shown below). Thanks to Marjolein Hoekstra for pointing this out!

Tue, 05 Sep 2006 15:16:27 GMT
The Perfect RSS Web-Based Reader

Shreyas S.: Here are the 25 points of the Perfect Utopian Web-Based RSS Reader which doesn’t yet exist.

  1. Automatic Feed Finding
  2. Rate the Post
  3. Tagging
  4. Smarness - AI
  5. Design
  6. AJAX
  7. Server-Side
  8. Users Subscribed
  9. Import & Export
  10. Overall RSS
  11. Order
  12. Size of Posts
  13. Bookmark/Quick Saving
  14. Direct Comment
  15. In-Line Comment
  16. Blog/Email
  17. Top & Related
  18. Mark all Read
  19. Backup Copy
  20. Keyboard Shorcuts
  21. Alerted
  22. Bookmarklet
  23. Translation
  24. Trackbacks
  25. Email
  26. Inline Search & Link & Site Genre

Randy: Call these user requirements for anybody who's developing a Web-based RSS reader. I'm going to try to integrate as much as this into Rmail as possible. Thanks Marjolein Hoekstra for the link.

Tue, 05 Sep 2006 15:01:09 GMT
RSS is Web 2.0

John Furrier says that Web 2.0 is RSS and RSS is Web 2.0.

Dave is gonna like that. Personally, I think Web 2.0 is an overgrown marketing term that isn't easily defined. Surely it includes AJAX, blogs, Wikis, social networks and much much more, but exactly what, I don't know. I'm more inclined to agree with Mark Evans and TBL.

Personally, it's already jumped the shark, and anyone using Web 2.0 (or 2.0 anything) today doesn't realize it or they're just being funny.

Tue, 05 Sep 2006 14:01:11 GMT
Web 2.0 is NOT a Requirement
I'm amazed how often I find the words Web 2.0 and AJAX in the product requirements of late. These are NOT requirements. They are buzzwords. Take a look at the mostly widely successful websites of late (MySpace, YouTube). None of them are very Web 2.0 savvy and there are few actual uses of AJAX. Web 2.0 and AJAX are cool and can make a website more usable in places, but building a business on buzzwords like Web 2.0 sounds like building toilet bowls.
Tue, 05 Sep 2006 13:38:55 GMT
RSS Explained in Sign Language

Marjolein Hoekstra: A couple of weeks ago Jon-Lenois Savage posted a two-minute explanation of RSS for deaf people in his blog post What's RSS? on his video blog Jon's Vlog.

Fri, 01 Sep 2006 13:55:02 GMT
iM #2177

The Truth Laid Bear ranks my deborah - KBCafe Web Search blog #2177. The RSS Blog is ranked #6710. Wouldn't it be great if there was a blog ranking system that wasn't totally borked?

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