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Sat, 30 Dec 2006 17:11:55 GMT
2006 KBCafe Blog Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 2006 KBCafe Blog Awards close tomorrow. You can nominate blogs by name, but it's better to nominate their blogsite homepage. You can also nominate one blog at a time, you don't have to nominate one in each category. You also have virtually unlimited (100) nominate votes and if you run out, then ping me and I'll bump that up.

KBCafe Blog Award Nominations
1. Best Google Blog

2. Best Yahoo! Blog

3. Best Microsoft Blog

4. Best Apple Blog

5. Best Toronto Blog

6. Best Sillicon Valley Blog

7. Best Web 2.0 Blog

8. Best Webvertising Blog

9. Best Syndication Blog

10. Best Internet Communication Blog

11. Best SEO Blog

12. Best L.A.M.P. Blog

13. Best Wireless Blog

14. Best Music Blog

15. Best Malware Blog

16. Best Gadgets Blog

17. Best Photo Blog

18. Best Video Blog

19. Best Movies Blog

20. Best Hollywood Insider Blog

21. Best Video Games Blog

22. Best Baseball Blog

23. Best Hockey Blog

24. Best Scifi Blog

25. Best War Blog

26. Best Vehicle Blog

27. Best Right-Wing Blog

28. Best Left-Wing Blog

29. Best Law Blog

30. Best Venture Capital Blog

31. Best Marketing Blog

32. Best Disease Blog

33. Best Food Blog

34. Best Anonymous or Former Employee Blog

35. Best New York Blog

36. Best Japan Blog

37. Best Middle East Blog

38. Best Web Design Blog

39. Best Web Services Blog

40. Best Gambling Blog

41. Best Basketball Blog

42. Best Football Blog

43. Best Religion Blog

44. Best Anti-Fan Blog

45. Best Family Blog

46. Best Sex Blog

47. Best MySpace Blog

Here's a few rules.

  1. Nominations for KBCafe blogs will be ignored.
  2. If I detect any cheating, then I'll simply remove the associated blogs.
  3. I reserve the right to change these rules to protect the integrity of the awards.
Sat, 30 Dec 2006 01:38:51 GMT
Friday, December 29, 2006

Have you RSS'd yourself?

Nick Bradbury: What's the Story Here?

Micro Persuasion: Flickr Adds Search Privacy Feature

Untangle the World Wide Web with RSS - Yahoo! News

Micro Persuasion: Reuters Schools Us on RSS

Google wins — because it doesn’t suck » Mathew Ingram:

The Biggest Web Trend of 2007 Will Be...

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Fri, 29 Dec 2006 15:47:41 GMT
FeedBurner growing faster than MySpace

According to Nielsen/NetRatings, FeedBurner is growing faster than MySpace and Digg.

  1. Feedburner (385%)
  2. (286%)
  3. MySpace (170%)
  4. Wikipedia (161%)
  5. Facebook (134%)
Fri, 29 Dec 2006 08:25:38 GMT
Thursday, December 28, 2006

PayPerPost :: Get Paid for Blogging, Blog Advertising, Advertise on Blogs

Bloggers Blog: PayPerPost Acquires Some Performancing Assets

Is 'Web 2.0' Another Bubble? -

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Fri, 29 Dec 2006 04:59:56 GMT
Digg Gets $8.5 Million For Christmas
Amid controversy over how many people actually visit its site and how easy it is to game, Digg raised $8.5 million from existing investors Greylock Partners and Omidyar...
Thu, 28 Dec 2006 21:24:17 GMT
Top 10 Mistakes Made by Bloggers, Remix

Bernie Zimmermann has expanded on my Top 10 Mistakes Made by My Blogging Friends.

Thu, 28 Dec 2006 20:45:55 GMT
The ReviewMe Experience, Wrap Up

I wrote my third review and wrap up of the ReviewMe pay-per-post website. All three reviews in the series are linked below.

Thu, 28 Dec 2006 19:59:02 GMT
Google Blog Search Passes Technorati
Blog search leader Technorati was beaten by Google Blog Search for the first time last week, according to Hitwise. Late December statistics seem even less reliable than regular statistics, but it’s worth a mention.

Some very interesting stats via Om. Both and are in the same range as This means that Google now has about twice the market share as Technorati. Further, if you look at the momentum, Technorati's growth is near flat.

Thu, 28 Dec 2006 19:41:10 GMT
Top 10 Entries for 2006
Top 10 blog entries for 2006 based on hits, comments and links.
  1. MySpace RSS Support
  2. IE7 Beta 3 kills FTP in Windows Explorer
  3. RSS Reader Survery
  4. RSS Gets an Enema
  5. reorganized!!! (it's about time)
  6. Tagometer
  7. Moving and Retiring RSS Feeds
  8. Wikipedia Sucks!!!
  9. State of Blogosphere Search, Part II
  10. TrackBack as an Internet Standard
Thu, 28 Dec 2006 11:09:29 GMT
Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Juxtaviews - » FeedBurner - Interview

EirePreneur: Google to take a Digg at

Feed Reading: Time to Drop the Numbers (by Ideas Man, 2006-12-26)

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Wed, 27 Dec 2006 06:15:45 GMT
RSS AdWords

Steve of FeedBurner fame found that somebody was advertising the latest version of the RSS spec. Very cool! I didn't ask who, but I have my suspicions. Whomever it is, here's a big thanks!


Wed, 27 Dec 2006 01:22:45 GMT
Tuesday, December 26, 2006

#!/usr/bin/geek: Google Reader could be a Digg killer!?!????

Micro Persuasion: Google Reader a Stealth Digg Killer?

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Wed, 27 Dec 2006 00:35:21 GMT
RSS Usage Survey Results

Ilya Grigorik has some interesting analysis and nice graphs of Microsoft's recent RSS usage survery.

Thanks Oleg for the link! [play tag with me candidate]

Tue, 26 Dec 2006 18:09:47 GMT
Notes on Microsoft's RSS Patents

Some random thoughts on Microsoft's two RSS patents.

Tue, 26 Dec 2006 17:24:36 GMT
Winer Responds to Microsoft's Response
Dave Winer responds at length to Sean Lyndersay of Microsoft's lengthy response about their RSS patents. Dave suggests that Microsoft's RSS patent are based on free community IP and calls the patents an obstacle to growth in the market. That's a fair criticism, unlike most all of the others that have been floating around. He's not saying these patents are invalid. On the other hand, it's not like Dave didn't profit from RSS. This leaves me with an old question, "Is Dave the only person allowed to profit from RSS?"
Mon, 25 Dec 2006 00:56:55 GMT
Sunday, December 24, 2006

Geek News Central Revealing Technical News and useful links

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Sun, 24 Dec 2006 16:29:43 GMT
U.S. Department of Homeland Security RSS feeds
United States Department of Defense has a number of RSS feeds
Sun, 24 Dec 2006 14:23:26 GMT
Microsoft Responds to RSS Patents Debate
First, these patents describe specific ways to improve the RSS end-user and developer experience (which we believe are valuable and innovative contributions) -- they do not constitute a claim that Microsoft invented RSS.

Microsoft's response in the RSS patents debate. I have to say, the reaction was exactly as I thought. Most are claiming that Microsoft is trying to patent RSS itself. Ridiculous. On the other hand, there appears to be items in the patent that have prior art in the blogosphere.

Sun, 24 Dec 2006 01:09:32 GMT
Saturday, December 23, 2006

Connecting the Dots: Microsoft to own RSS?

Connecting the Dots: Microsoft RSS Patent Update: Manipulate, Maneuver and Morph

Microsoft Files For Two RSS Patents « Speaking Freely

Microsoft attempts to patent feed processing technology - Peter Cooper

A Tale of Corporate Atrocity
Dave Winer on Mirosoft's RSS patents.

Blogging for Money: Microsoft Attempts To Patent RSS

A closer look at Microsoft's RSS-related patent application from Guardian Unlimited: Technology

Steve Gillmor’s GestureLab » Bad Sinatra

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing: Patent lunacy defense

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Sat, 23 Dec 2006 15:52:47 GMT
Clarifying Microsoft's RSS-related Patents
Before I prattle on about this, I'd like to make it clear that this is my personal blog.  I speak for myself here, not the company I work for, so please don't mistake my personal ramblings for company policy.  If I had that kind of clout, every...

Nick Brabury suggests the Microsoft RSS-related patents are invalid.

Sat, 23 Dec 2006 01:17:49 GMT

Wow, this is the coolest thing to hit the blogosophere since blogs. With one line of javascript code or a feedburner burner, you can now put this really cool widget (image below) on your blog entries.



Update: The FeedFlare seems to be a little broken at the moment.

Update II: There's also formatting issues with both the FeedFlare and script. I've placed it at the top left of the blog, because anything else caused big gaps in the rendering.

Sat, 23 Dec 2006 00:10:12 GMT
Friday, December 22, 2006

Best Web LittleCo of 2006 - and Most Promising for 2007

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Fri, 22 Dec 2006 01:51:33 GMT
Microsoft Seeks Patent on RSS Platform
Don McArthur passes along some huge news in the syndication world -- Microsoft filed for a patent today on the Windows RSS Platform, a common feed database and API that can be used by other applications to read, write and store RSS and Atom...

I skimmed the patent earlier today. Not sure what to say yet. I'll give the patent a good read and comment further. I know there'll be a lot of anti-patent and anti-M$FT commentary on this one.

Wed, 20 Dec 2006 15:19:45 GMT
New Blogger (NOT Beta)

The new version of Blogger is out-of-Beta. I'm unsure at this point what is new. I'll check-it-out later.

Note: This morning, I rewrote my blog comment spam filter algorithm. At the same time, I removed blogspot from the blacklist. That means, I now allow you to link to blogspot in my comments. Unfortunately, I've already got 2 blog comment spams with blogspot referrers this morning. This is a pretty good indication that Google has more work ahead.

Update: I've gotten 100s of comment spams with blogspot links today. It seems that Blogger is still the haven of sploggers.

Wed, 20 Dec 2006 14:13:06 GMT Publisher API

This is a preview screencast of new publisher API services.

Wed, 20 Dec 2006 02:04:34 GMT
Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Removing Feedburner RSS From Home Page – Now Just Using Default SharePoint RSS - Michael Gannotti Blog For Technology, Multimedia, Family, and Fun

GigaOM » Digg Down-ed

Bokardo - Social Web Design » Why do People Tag?

Taxonomy of tagging systems (Atomiq)

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Tue, 19 Dec 2006 14:59:16 GMT
Library of Congress RSS Feeds
The Library of Congress offers several RSS feeds for use in an RSS reader or RSS-enabled Web browser. Library feeds consist of headline, brief summary, and a link that leads back to the Library’s Web site for more information
Tue, 19 Dec 2006 01:09:29 GMT
RSS Board Charter

In the last couple votes of the RSS Advisory Board, only half of the members voted. Six of the member didn't vote in either (or abstain), even though they received multiple reminders of the vote. Now that we have a reasonably complete board, it's time to start pruning the tree. Rules #9 of the RSS Advisory Board charter states "Members who do not participate in two successive votes may be removed at the discretion of the chair." What about three successive votes and no participation on any of the message boards. What about Mark Woodman? He hasn't voted yet. And should.

Stats below were compiled by hand and may not be entirely accurate.

Name Last Post AutoDisco II AutoDisco I RSS Spec Mime Type
Matthew Bookspan Dec 13th v v v v
Rogers Cadenhead Dec 18th v v v v
Loïc Le Meur Aug 11th v v
Jenny Levine Aug 10th v v
Jason Douglas Dec 13th v v x
James Holderness Dec 18th v v x x
Eric Lunt Dec 7th v v v v
Meg Hourihan May 15th v
Ross Mayfield n/a v
Randy Charles Morin Dec 13th v v v v
Jake Savin Dec 8th v v v
Paul Querna Nov 28th v x x
Greg Smith Oct 5th v v
Jason Shellen May 16th v

v = voted, x = not a member at the time of the vote

Tue, 19 Dec 2006 01:08:55 GMT
Monday, December 18, 2006

Is Digg getting better, or worse? » Mathew Ingram:

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Mon, 18 Dec 2006 16:59:26 GMT
Digg Video

Digg has added an array of new features, mostly related to Video. You can read more on the Digg blog.

There's also reviews from...

Mon, 18 Dec 2006 16:48:00 GMT
mailto URI Scheme as author in RSS

There's an interesting discussion on the RSS Board public mailing list about what is a valid email address for the author, webMaster and managingEditor RSS elements. It's been suggested that mailto URIs (ex. are valid. I immediately thought otherwise, but re-reading the RSS spec, I think this might actually be valid.

Mon, 18 Dec 2006 03:53:09 GMT reorganized!!! (it's about time)
Focused on usability and readability. More spacing, less colors, few icons... Applies also to the Firefox plugin

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Sat, 16 Dec 2006 01:14:46 GMT
Friday, December 15, 2006

Megite Blog » Blog Archive » Megite on The RSS Blog

RSS Reader Survey | CNET
Tags: » Blog Archive » LibWorm Update: Tagtastic Folksonomania!

Outline blogs or OPML blogs

Burning Questions • Blog Stats Rollout

Burning Questions • Blog Stats Rollout

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Fri, 15 Dec 2006 04:24:39 GMT

This is not a paid advertisement ;-)

Megite is a personal recommendation engine and blogosphere tracking system similar to Memeorandum. Matthew Chen, the guy behind Megite setup a personal recommendation webpage for me based on the OPML I upload at Share Your OPML. You can email Matthew (address on the homepage) an OPML file and he'll setup a similar webpage for your OPML.

Thu, 14 Dec 2006 20:18:18 GMT
RSS Tip: Offer Full Text Feeds
Tom Markiewicz of EvolvePoint is writing a 12-part series for web publishers to make the most of their RSS feeds. His first tip: Offer full text feed content. Markiewicz writes: If given a choice, most readers of feeds choose full...
Link - Comments - Thu, 14 Dec 2006 12:34:39 -0500 - Feed (2 subs) - RPost
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Thu, 14 Dec 2006 16:06:53 GMT
The ReviewMe Experience

I posted my final thought on the ReviewMe experience on the Besting AdWords blog.

Thu, 14 Dec 2006 00:20:20 GMT
Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Mark Evans :: Then (Dot-Com Boom) vs Now (Web 2.0)

Wise Words - Lessons in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital: vs web 2.0
Tags: » Mark Evans at the TVG Breakfast

David Crow: Mark Evans at the TVG

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Wed, 13 Dec 2006 17:08:28 GMT
Wordpress Blogiariam :-)

It's amazing how many Wordpress bloggers are copying each others content. Here's a screenshot that I find on at least one (usually much more) Wordpress blogs every single day.


Please read this with a sarcastic inner voice.

Wed, 13 Dec 2006 14:49:58 GMT
2006 Web 2.0 Predictions Recap

Time to review my 2006 Web 2.0 predictions.

  1. Somebody bought YouTube for $millions. Check! That might be obvious now, but 12 months ago, few people had heard of YouTube.
  2. The RSS Board released a minor upgrade (or two) to RSS 2.0.
  3. Yahoo! and Microsoft both have RSS intergrated email clients.
  4. The number of blogs in the U.S. exceeds its popolation.
  5. Web layoffs have begun.
  6. Ad-based startups continue to grow.
  7. APIs have gone thru the roof in 2006.
  8. Online ad servers thru the roof.
  9. Dave got pissed at Rogers Cadenhead and Mike "I'm allowed to have conflicts of interest but you aren't" Arrington.
  10. Oops! No RSS appliances yet.

Nine out of 10, not bad.

Tue, 12 Dec 2006 13:09:40 GMT
Seven Habits of Highly Successful Websites

Aaron Swartz has written a list of 5 (not 7) common features of today's fastest growing websites.

  1. Be Ugly
  2. Don't Have Features
  3. Let Users Do Your Job
  4. Ignore Standards
  5. Build to Flip

Tue, 12 Dec 2006 01:58:41 GMT
Monday, December 11, 2006

Tips for Publishing RSS feeds (2006-11-29; by Tom Markiewicz of EvolvePoint)
Tags: your help needed: web based RSS reader that outputs RSS?

Are You Paying Attention?: Automatic Digging...

Kevin Burton's Feed Blog: Help US News Explain why Blogs are Cool

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Tue, 12 Dec 2006 01:17:17 GMT
Don't Pay per Post

Because of the recent ReviewMe post on The RSS Blog, I'm getting a lot of inquiries from people who want to pay me to blog about this or that. Well, the ReviewMe post was an experiment. As the author of The RSS Blog, I felt obligated to review ReviewMe itself. Honestly, if you want me to blog about your RSS or Web 2.0 business, then simply send me an email, ping me on Skype (text only), MSN ( or Gtalk (randymorin). Tell me about your business and maybe we can even do an email or IM interview. I'll post it. You don't need to send me money. Also, if you sent me Swag, then I'll take pictures of it and include it in a blog post.

Randy Charles Morin
P.O. Box 93042,
499 Main Street South,
Brampton, Ontario, L6Y4V8, Canada

Mon, 11 Dec 2006 23:06:46 GMT
The Harvard Book of OPML

Jim Moore has retitled his blog "OPML" and is composing a book on the subject.

Mon, 11 Dec 2006 19:13:58 GMT
Digg is destined for failure

Jason Clarke gives his view on digg and the whole social bookmarking scene in this article. "how valuable is digg traffic, really, and is the digg community one that we should even care about? Unfortunately, after observing the digg community for about a year, I'd have to conclude no, it's not"...

read more | digg story

I can't tell you how much I disagree with Jason. If you understand how the Web really works, then you'll know it's based almost entirely on traffic and link-love. Digg is building both. While accumulating tremendous amount of traffic, they are also generating a lot of link-love. In turn, this means better Google PageRanks, which means even more traffic.

Mon, 11 Dec 2006 16:31:50 GMT
Change The Text Inside FeedCount Chicklets

Amit Agarwal has a tutorial for changing the label text in your FeedBurner FeedCount chicklets. It's pretty easy, just add a label parameter to the image source URL. In the samplel below,I added &label=Dudes to the URL.

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

Mon, 11 Dec 2006 15:11:40 GMT
Feedpass Drops Advertising

Jim Woolley of Feedpass just told me that they have dropped the advertising (both conventional and revenue sharing) on their RSS landing pages.

Sun, 10 Dec 2006 20:19:01 GMT
ReviewMe Feedback

Yesterday, I wrote a very off-topic review on The RSS Blog. I was paid to do this using the ReviewMe service. I posted more details on the Besting AdWords blog. Note that this was an experiment and the earnings will go to SickKids. If you want to tell me this sucks, then here's your chance. Please post your comments here.

Sat, 09 Dec 2006 22:57:02 GMT

The following is a paid review:

I like to play a free game of online poker everyday and if you have a Windows PC, then you have a big choice of online poker rooms. But if you have a Mac, then your choice is very much limited. is a website dedicated to online poker for Mac users. The website is easy to navigate and well laid out. They have a Mac Poker News blog and a Poker Tips blog RSS (valid RSS), a list of popular the Mac online poker software with reviews, Mac online casino software with reviews and lots of articles on poker strategy. They recommend four online poker rooms for the Mac; Full Tilt Poker, PokerRoom, Party Poker and Pacific Poker and four online casino rooms for the Mac; CasinoRoom, 888 Casino, Bodog Casino and Cherry Casino. Click on the links to read their extensive reviews of the online poker and casino rooms. Full Title Poker they rate the best Mac poker software. PokerRoom sounds interesting as it doesn't require a download. Of the reviewed poker rooms, I've only played Party Poker and I wasn't too happy with it, as the blinds go up too slow, the players are too patient, which all leads to a very slow and long game. I'm a busy guy. I tend to stick with ScorePoker (best games, but not enough of them) and PokerStars (always a game ready to go). If you're looking for poker software for the Mac, then check out

Sat, 09 Dec 2006 00:59:18 GMT
Friday, December 08, 2006

Joi Ito's Web: Reviving Bubble 1.0 jokes

OS X Code (r,s) - jMe - Feed Aggregator - OS X, Web 2.0 & Programming

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Fri, 08 Dec 2006 19:33:48 GMT
Full vs. Partial RSS Feeds

Amit Agarwal published partial RSS feeds for a very long time. He switched to full feeds as an experiment and was surprised when everything he thought about full feeds turned out to be myth.
Fri, 08 Dec 2006 16:09:42 GMT
RSS on Blogger is 404?

I encountered a blog today on where the previously available RSS feed is no longer available (404). It wasn't redirected to the Atom feed, it was simply removed completely. I checked the Rmail database and this seems to be happening to a few Blogger blogs. A bit of investigation and guess work leads me to believe that this happens when you upgrade from the old Blogger to the new Beta Blogger. The result is the Blogger users are losing their RSS subscribers.

Update: I started looking at 404 feeds in the 39k feed Rmail database. Here's a couple surprises.

I updated them to Jason's new feed, but can't imagine how many subs he's lost.

Update II: There doesn't appear to be very many Blogger blogs in this situation and very few of the bloggers have upgraded to the new Blogger Beta. Also, not one Blogger RSS feed was malformed XML.

Fri, 08 Dec 2006 00:22:11 GMT
Thursday, December 07, 2006

Interesting Stats from a Feed Not About Feeds

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Thu, 07 Dec 2006 18:40:59 GMT
Use Adobe Reader 8 as an RSS reader
Turns out you can use the PDF viewer [Adobe Reader 8] as a fairly capable RSS reader. To do so, click the View menu and then choose Review Tracker (a tool intended for managing document reviews). In the Subscriptions window that appears, click the RSS button on the left-hand toolbar, then click the Subscribe button to add a feed.
Thu, 07 Dec 2006 18:02:18 GMT
Roxio Releases RSS MediaTicker
Roxio has released a new version of MediaTicker, a free Windows application that displays feeds and digital photos newsticker-style across any edge of the desktop. Images in feed items are displayed in the ticker.
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Thu, 07 Dec 2006 12:54:31 GMT
Behind the scenes at FeedBurner
Their office is split into two areas: one for engineers that is a bit darker, and the other side with the rest of the team. The office is setup in an open environment. The walls are painted in FeedBurner colors and it is so nice to see an office that does not have corporate tan walls.

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Thu, 07 Dec 2006 12:52:30 GMT
A Small UniveRSS
Microsoft has released a beta version of UniveRSS to show off Windows Vista’s graphicy goodness. It is a 3D browser for RSS feeds… that’s right, 3D. If you’re scratching your head at the usefulness of that kind of environment,...
Thu, 07 Dec 2006 04:11:16 GMT
Large Enclosure Issue in Internet Explorer 7
In an under-the-hood article on how Microsoft's RSS Engine handles enclosures in Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Vista, program manager Walter vonKoch offers an important note: If you're publishing a podcast or another enclosure larger than...
Link - Comments - Wed, 06 Dec 2006 21:17:28 -0500 - Feed (2 subs) - RPost
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Thu, 07 Dec 2006 01:52:29 GMT
OPML in 6 minutes
David Tebbutt has published a small six minute presentation on OPML which was a distillation of a talk he gave at a Online Information Conference. He shows Grazr, but also talks about other sources and uses for OPML.
Thu, 07 Dec 2006 01:21:24 GMT
Wednesday, December 06, 2006

FeedBurner Feeds Removed « Crazy Canuck Chronicles

FeedBurner can’t find Crazy Canuck Feeds « Crazy Canuck Chronicles

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Wed, 06 Dec 2006 17:58:20 GMT
FeedGhost Reader Released for Windows
BinaryComponents has released the first version of FeedGhost, a new feed reader for Windows XP and Vista users that offers Outlook- and newsriver-style reading, synchronization across several computers and search capabilities. The program...
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Wed, 06 Dec 2006 13:02:37 GMT
Right-To-Left Content in RSS
One of the difficulties in dealing with international content, is the complication of right-to-left writing systems. There are essentially two main issues that need to be dealt with: initialisation of the base directionality, which is necessary for the...

James Holderness is way ahead of the curve. I wonder if there are any RSS reader developers not subscribed to his blog?

Wed, 06 Dec 2006 01:11:48 GMT
Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Specifiche RSS Autodiscovery

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Tue, 05 Dec 2006 23:28:39 GMT
RSS Channel Image Defaults

Chris Nolan has some good advice for using the <image> element in RSS.

If you’re going to use a channel image and you want it to be consistently displayed put in those optional fields with your image’s true dimensions.

And he points out that Rmail enforces the default image height and width causing some images to be distorted including that of The RSS Blog. Note also that Rmail also enforces the maximum image height and width values.

Tue, 05 Dec 2006 15:27:27 GMT
The Etiquette of Redirected Feeds

Mark Woodman is concerned about the etiquette of redirecting feeds. He asks "Is it okay if a feed follows an author to a new site? Is redirecting a feed to a strongly-related site a reasonable thing to do? Is it a nice convenience, or does it feel like a bait-and-switch? When is it not okay? Is announcing intent enough, or should something else be done? What do you think?"

If I redirect The RSS Blog feed to a site I know my users won't appreciate, then that is not good ethic. As a subscriber, you've placed a bit of trust in me that I won't be sending you crap anytime soon. If I break that trust, then you will never sub me again. It's not really a question of etiquette, but rather trust. In the meanwhile, while you trust me, I'm sending you to FeedBurner (so is Mark), because I trust them.

Please post comments on Mark's blog, unless they pertain to me or my opinion. Thanks!

Tue, 05 Dec 2006 02:28:27 GMT
State of the Blogosphere Ping, Part II

Eric Giguere is frustrated with Technorati and has renamed it Technocrapi. His blog hasn't been updated in 124 days. I've had this problem too! Just over a year ago, I complained that all of my blog were sporadically updated in Technorati. Dave Sifry jumped in, did something and since then, all my blogs are updated regularly. But what did Dave really do? I think he added me to the same list as Fred Wilson, that is, privileged blogs that get indexed because we don't want them complaining about Technorati. Yet, more than a year later, Technorati remains broken for many bloggers like Eric. Very frustrating. I'm lucky that Google Blog Search picked up Eric's post or you wouldn't even be reading this.

Last May, I told the world in my State of the Blogosphere Ping address that blogosphere pings were broken. Bob Wyman denied it all. Here we are, one year later and Bob Wyman's PubSub has completely disappeared and Technorati is still not working. I'm sure I'll hear that I'm wrong, but how many years till this actually works? Infinity!

Now don't get me wrong, I'm pinging everybody I can. Why? Because I know I'll be better indexed that way. But I'm a techno-geek. Not everybody blogger knows how to do this. They are at the mercy of dogmatic ping pushers. Their stuff won't work. It doesn't matter if The RSS Blog is indexed in Technorati. It matters if all the Eric Gigueres are well indexed. Pinging is OK. Solely relying on pings equates to brokenness. Start polling once in awhile, that's how RSS works!

Sun, 03 Dec 2006 01:06:04 GMT
Saturday, December 02, 2006

42 Uses for RSS/Atom Feeds (Inelegant Blog)
Interesting uses of RSS.

More uses of RSS
42 uses for RSS.

But does it work?: The RSS Problem
RSS still has usability problems.

BlogBridge » The RSS Problem
RSS still has usability problems.

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Sat, 02 Dec 2006 16:45:23 GMT
Will Dave Quit?
Rogers Cadenhead refreshes the idea that the charismatic Dave Winer has pledged to retire from blogging this year. Earlier in the year, Russell Beattie retired his Notebook blog. I'm surprised he's remained retired? Or is he blogging (cheating) somewhere else? I'm betting against Dave closing down Scripting News.
Sat, 02 Dec 2006 07:03:17 GMT
Feed Autodiscovery Wiki Launched
Robert Sayre has used the RSS Advisory Board's autodiscovery specification to create a Feed Autodiscovery wiki that covers the technique for Atom, RSS 1.0 and RSS 2.0. The public's encouraged to edit the reference.
Link - Comments - Fri, 01 Dec 2006 21:29:39 -0500 - Feed (2 subs) - RPost
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Sat, 02 Dec 2006 04:01:15 GMT
Friday, December 01, 2006

Why I Don’t Use FeedBurner |
Alex gets his facts wrong.

Feedburner Is Becoming An Advertising Giant

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