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Wed, 01 Aug 2007 04:35:40 GMT
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Why I don’t recommend Cocomment « Scobleizer

Facebook security glitch exposes user in-boxes | The Register

Did Facebook get hacked today? at mdibb

RDF for the Rest of Us
After 10 years, they continue to push this never alive horse.
Tags: Offers RSS-based API

Facebook and the enterprise: Part 1 | confused of calcutta
I don't think so. Some Internet technologies have nothing to do with the enterprise and Facebook is definitely one of them.

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Wed, 01 Aug 2007 01:49:42 GMT had an outage yesterday caused by their hosting service thinking they were under a DDOS attack. When in fact, it was all the buzz that was generating enormous amounts of legit traffic.

MyDeathSpace is a blog and forum for tracking MySpace profiles of dead people. They've had quite a few outages in their first year.

Tue, 31 Jul 2007 22:03:05 GMT
hCard in Google Maps

If you look deep enough into your Google Maps, then you may find an hCard; microformatted address cards. It's like looking at an Atom and finding an electron.

Tue, 31 Jul 2007 06:39:44 GMT
Monday, July 30, 2007

Turn Facebook statuses into a twitter feed? | Mike Butcher - mbites

RSS Blog (information about RSS- Creation and Applications )

An RSS Standard for Committee Hearings | The Open House Project
Using RSS to schedule and announce meetings

RSS has highest business value among Web 2.0 technologies

Read a Book by Email or RSS | TechLifeBlogged

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Tue, 31 Jul 2007 02:36:18 GMT
State of the Vlogosphere

Mefeedia has a great summary of the video blogosphere (vlogosphere). They are reporting 4,000 new blogs per day.

Mon, 30 Jul 2007 17:56:52 GMT
Internet Noise

Can you hear it? That noise. That background noise. It doesn't make a sound, but it's definately there. I never heard the Internet before, but 2007 brought noise to the Internet. Noise.  It's all the chatter. The twittering. The facebook status updates. The MySpace messages. It's getting loud.

It started with blogging. Thanks Dave! Then it was social networks and instant messaging. Add widgets. Now, I couldn't imagine camping without an Internet connection. The noise is like a soothing voice telling me that we are not alone. We have friends 10,000 miles away that know I'm camping, I'm working, I'm playing soccer with my daughter. She scored two goals! We all won.

Sat, 28 Jul 2007 03:48:50 GMT
Friday, July 27, 2007

RSS Is Most Valuable For Infrequently Updated Feeds: Technology Evangelist

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Fri, 27 Jul 2007 06:40:50 GMT
Thursday, July 26, 2007

FeedBlitz Lost Over a Million RSS-to-EMail Subscribers Overnight at Digital Inspiration Technology Guide

TechBrew : Atom nearly done, but can it compete with RSS?

Desktop RSS Readers are actually alive and thriving

Truncated RSS Feeds Kill Conversations and Long Term Traffic: Technology Evangelist

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Thu, 26 Jul 2007 01:00:08 GMT
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Facebook: ConnectU gets its day in court - Valleywag

Desktop RSS Readers Are (Nearly) Dead

More Major Publishers with Invalid RSS

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Wed, 25 Jul 2007 18:49:25 GMT
Google Wants to Control RSS?
On Scoble's blog, Dave left the following comment which I have to highlight because it's just so wrong.
The rest of your post is right. The big companies, including Google, are trying to take control of RSS, and it’s in contradiction to the roadmap, and just plain wrong. I’ve asked them to stop, and so far they’ve ignored the request. Thanks for raising the issue publicly.

Google is trying to take control of RSS? Let's get this straight. Google's member on the RSS Advisory Board is Eric Lunt. He worked for FeedBurner. If Google didn't buy FeedBurner, then they wouldn't even have one member on the board. And I securely doubt membership on the RSS Advisory Board had anything to do with Google's purchase of FeedBurner. Previously, Jason Shellen, a member of the board, was employed by Google, but that's no longer true. Neither Eric Lunt nor Jason Shellen have been overly active on the RSS Advisory Board. Almost all the activities of the board are public and available on the website and message boards. The only private activities is nominating and voting for new members. Everybody has the ability to scour those boards and what you'll find is that Eric and Jason have been completely passive members of the board. So, how are they trying to control RSS? They aren't. It's just more propaganda from Dave Winer.

Further, we have tried multiple times to include Dave Winer in the process at his own request. He's even proposed that he be a member of the board. In every case where we've tried to compromise, Dave simply broke off contact when a compromise was close. Dave has never responded to any of my private emails to move the compromise forward, nor have any of the board members indicated to me that he's sent them a private email. I've indicated to him that all the members have public profiles and can be contacted directly. Dave requested permission to post on the board mailing list in order to address the members. I offered to post whatever he wanted on the board mailing list and he never replied. Dave is all about propaganda and deception. He lies and somehow his posse continues to fall for his ploy. I'm losing respect for that posse.

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 17:26:26 GMT
Six Apart Outage

I woke up this morning to a lot of referrer traffic for the search terms LiveJournal down. It appears that a power outage took out LiveJournal, Vox and Typepad yesterday afternoon. There's more information on the Six Apart blogs.

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 03:13:09 GMT
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Why Feedburner is trouble, day 2 (Scripting News)
More propaganda from the master.

iBloglines for the iPhone

AideRSS wants to tame your feed reader »

NewsGator Unveils Free Mobile Reader for iPhone

Robert Scoble and the RSS Advisory Board | Workbench
An Attentional app form Chris Saad?

RSS Mixer Prototype : Custom Feeds for iPhone and Widgets

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Tue, 24 Jul 2007 21:52:56 GMT
History of the RSS Advisory Board

Some people want you to believe that the RSS Advisory Board is unofficial and doesn't have the mandate to make clarifications to the RSS specification. I thought it would be great to create a time-line of the RSS Advisory Board. So that you can read the history yourself, thru blog entries, many from the horses mouth, Dave Winer's blogs.

Nowhere was there ever any announcement that the RSS Advisory Board ceased to exist. Rogers Cadenhead was a member of the board along side Dave Winer and has been on the board ever since. None of the members other than Dave Winer have ever suggested that the board discontinued at any point and Dave only after the fact. Dave is simply upset with the direction of the RSS Advisory Board since he quit on his own terms. So now, he claims the RSS Advisory Board doesn't exist, as if his blog can change history itself.

Tue, 24 Jul 2007 18:09:51 GMT
Scoble on The RSS Advisory Board
Robert Scoble had some interesting misunderstandings to say this weekend about The RSS Advisory Board. His blog entry has already been mostly butchered with corrections as people point out his numerous misunderstandings, but there remains a few more which I'd like to address.

All in all, this is very disappointing of Robert. I suspect that he was fed the propaganda from Dave Winer and he was likely completely misinformed of the truth.

Disclaimer: I am a member of The RSS Advisory Board. I also created a website, which was purchased by NBC (a BigCo). I am on temporary contract to transition the website to NBC, but I am not an employee of any company. I'm a professional RV Blogger.

Tue, 24 Jul 2007 16:29:14 GMT
Dave Winer, Feedburner and
Here's a couple classic quotes from Dave Winer's recent blog entry on FeedBurner and Google.

I've been around this business a long time, and I was sure their strategy was to sell to a bigger company, and I don't trust big companies. [cut] So now someone at Google "owns" Feedburner and all their feeds. And they could, if they wanted to, change the feeds to another format, overnight, without asking anyone.

Wow, classic Winer. Here's another way of spelling Winer; W-E-B-L-O-G-S-.-C-O-M. was Dave's little non-profit piece of the blogosphere that he extracted from his old company Userland. Another way of spelling Winer is V-E-R-I-S-I-G-N. That's the company he sold his little start-up website and critical piece of the blogosphere to. So, somehow, it's all evil that Google now owns FeedBurner and has the power to screw their users. As we all know, Google's philosophy is to buy start-ups and screw their users over. But it's all good when Dave sells his website for $millions to a BigCo called Verisign that is known to be pure evil. Remember that it was Verisign that redirected domain lookup misses to their own search engine. The only thing I can add is a new spelling of Winer.


Tue, 24 Jul 2007 16:10:37 GMT
Winer/Scoble Attack!
Big controversy in RSS-land. First, Dave Winer and Robert Scoble tag team FeedBurner, then they tag team the RSS Advisory Board. This is nothing new from Winer, but I expected better of Scoble. As you can see from Scoble's blog entry, he's had to retract much of it as he didn't know what he was talking about. I'll write a few blog entries today to try and address each issues; FeedBurner and the RSS Advisory Board.
Tue, 24 Jul 2007 06:56:22 GMT
Monday, July 23, 2007

Moonwatcher: Browse OPML Files on Your iPhone with iOPML

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Sat, 21 Jul 2007 03:00:08 GMT
Events in RSS

Dave Winer wonders "what about an Event? How would you represent that in a RSS item?"

There's already many solutions, but nothing has stuck. Someone wrote an RDF event RSS module. There's also Microformats' hCalendar. But I suspect the best solution is an iCal extension for RSS. Is anybody doing this?

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 15:39:47 GMT
OPML Nitpicking

Dave Winer has asked the community for some nitpicking on his OPML 2.0 spec. I'm giving it a shot.

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 05:28:43 GMT
Thursday, July 19, 2007

VentureBeat » Facebook’s first acquisition: secretive start-up Parakey

Psychology Today: Content Feed

Don Park's Daily Habit - OPML and Namespace

OPML 2.0 as a namespace (Scripting News)

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Thu, 19 Jul 2007 23:02:58 GMT
Web 2.0 Website Growth

The year 2007 has already seen two great Web 2.0 start-ups makes breakthroughs. I'm sure there are more, but I wanted to speak to these in particular. After tremendous starts that gave them 0.15% reach, both start-ups appear to have stalled (at least according to the imperfect Alexa).


I've also noticed that MyBlogLog has completely disappeared from my radar (nobody is talking about it) and Twitter has started to fade. Both MyBlogLog and Twitter grew within the tech geek community. I've always had the opinion that website that grow in the tech geek community can grow quickly at first and stall. This seems to confirm that opinion.

Last night, talking with my niece, she tells me that she's not too happy with Facebook anymore. She doesn't like all these applications. I think it's clear that Facebook applications have created the latest spurt of Facebook growth, but I wonder if that's not tech geek community driven and therefor doomed to stall.

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 21:48:50 GMT
Rogers Cadenhead Hospitalized (joke)
According to the Press Trust of India, "RSS chief admitted to hospital." The chief of the RSS Advisory Board is Rogers. He looks a lot older in the picture, but I'm pretty sure that's him. I met him once or twice ;-)
Wed, 18 Jul 2007 15:44:38 GMT
RSS Profile Includes New TTL Recommendation
The draft of the RSS Profile has been updated with a new recommendation for how aggregators should implement the TTL element.
Link - Comments - Rogers Cadenhead - Wed, 18 Jul 2007 11:01:46 GMT - Feed (10 subs)
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Wed, 18 Jul 2007 06:33:35 GMT
Tuesday, July 17, 2007

[Screens Around Town] Xbox, Sharp, and R-mail - (37signals)

HR-XML blog » The “Universal Resume” and OpenId

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Wed, 18 Jul 2007 05:17:54 GMT
OPML Namespace?

OPML 2.0 now has a namespace, at least for use as a vocabulary in other XML containers. Dave Winer selected as the namespace URI and has already implemented it in his TwitterGram project. Here's a sample.

rss version="2.0" xmlns:opml2="">
description>A simple way to post short MP3s to Twitter.</description>
      <title>Twenty second audio tweet! Click to play: </title>

Tue, 17 Jul 2007 00:32:47 GMT
Monday, July 16, 2007

OPML 2.0 spec work (Scripting News)

Top 10 Worst Web App Names

The Dangers of Building on the Facebook Platform

EirePreneur: Is Facebook bleeding the blogosphere?
Is the blogosphere contracting?

VentureBeat » The Facebook lawsuit that hasn’t gone away

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Sat, 14 Jul 2007 10:46:28 GMT
Friday, July 13, 2007

It's The API, Stupid

Voyage - RSS feed reader
A very interesting AJAXy RSS interface.

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Fri, 13 Jul 2007 09:13:00 GMT
Thursday, July 12, 2007

Jason Shellen Says Goodbye To Google
Jason is a member of the RSS Advisory Board.

Streamy: The Ultimate RSS Site? | Andre Griffin - Design & Blog

Burning Questions • FeedBurner Integration for Blogspot Blogs

Blogger Buzz: Attention FeedBurner Fans
You can now forward you Blogger feed to FeedBurner to get more accurate stats.
Tags: -- Powered by Demosphere

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Thu, 12 Jul 2007 04:10:52 GMT
Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Thought Clusters: The Full Feed Problem Again

Global Neighbourhoods: Is Ning Blowing up a Bubble?
$200M for Ning? I don't think so either.

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Wed, 11 Jul 2007 04:42:29 GMT
Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Is Blogging Dead?
I sure hope not ;-)

RSS for Geek Dads - A Wish List

FeedEachOther : a pure social network RSS reader

OPML dashboard

Get A New Browser » Blog Archive » Facebook, the platform

Facebook app fund not such a bad idea »
Actually, it's a really bad idea.

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Wed, 11 Jul 2007 04:34:00 GMT
RSS Reader Roundup

Vlad Akilov ranked five of the most popular RSS readers.

  1. Google Reader 9
  2. NewsGator 8
  3. Bloglines 8
  4. FeedDemon 7
  5. Rojo 6

Read his full reviews.

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 15:40:09 GMT
The Single RSS Enclosure Thing

Kent Newsome wants to know why RSS items can only have only one enclosure.

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 14:37:13 GMT
MySpace API?

A MySpace user discovered that they have a album Web service. I haven't tried it myself, but it appears functional. This is an interesting development on the back of their RSS feeds going AWOL.

Around the Blogosphere...

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 08:35:24 GMT
Monday, July 09, 2007

SocialStream: The Google-Sponsored Next Gen Social Network

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Tue, 10 Jul 2007 01:23:35 GMT
MySpace RSS is 404

I've been informed that MySpace RSS feeds have been broken since late June. MySpace support has been informed of the problem, but there has been no response from them as to why or if it'll get fixed. I just checked mine and it's 404 (not found).

Around the blogosphere.

Mon, 09 Jul 2007 03:15:40 GMT
Sunday, July 08, 2007

Mac Rumors: Google Reader (RSS) for iPhone

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Fri, 06 Jul 2007 20:01:52 GMT
Pay Yahoo! Forever or Lose Everything on Flickr

I was one of the first people to get a Flickr account. This was long before the Yahoo! takeover. Over the years, I uploaded thousands of personal photos and used them in blog posts and more. After Yahoo! bought Flickr, the Uploadr stopped working and the support team was unable help me. Yahoo! had given me two years free because I was an early pro-user, but eventually even that wore off. A few months ago, I got an email saying I had to renew my membership. Since Flickr no longer worked for me, I decided not to renew. I didn't even bother reading the fine print either, but I assume it said in there that if I didn't renew, they were going to delete all my previous photos and they did. So, if you are a pro Flickr power-user, then you will have to pay them an annual amount, which they are free to increase, every year for the rest of eternity or you lose all your uploads. Everything. The comments. The photosets. Suckers! You want evil? Don't look at Google. Look to Sunnyvale.

BTW, after the photos were deleted, the Uploadr started working again. I can only assume it was related to the volume of photos I had.

Last, I was working on a Flickr widget when I discovered just how evil Yahoo! is. It works and you are free to use it, but I won't be building any more Flickr tools in the future. Basically, it takes a Flickr PhotoSet and creates an HTML slideshow. I was gonna call it the FlickrSetShow.

Fri, 06 Jul 2007 13:30:11 GMT
Thursday, July 05, 2007

the time of the a-list is dead. thank christ. not a moment too soon.

AideRSS - Taming the RSS Beast - Coming soon.

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Thu, 05 Jul 2007 18:14:47 GMT
Wednesday, July 04, 2007

» iPhone Diary Day 6: iPhone’s hidden RSS client | The Apple Core |

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Thu, 05 Jul 2007 05:32:00 GMT
The Forgotten Flickr API App
Several years ago, I applied for a Flickr API key. I didn't remember until just now that I had done such. Today, I was investigating writing a new photo application and stumbled onto this forgotten fact. The micro-application is now executing 50,000 API calls per week into the Flickrsphere. Wow! The power of APIs.
Tue, 03 Jul 2007 13:02:35 GMT
FeedBurner MyBrand Now Free

FeedBurner's premium MyBrand service is now free. This service allows you to host FeedBurner feeds on your own domain.

Tue, 03 Jul 2007 08:43:56 GMT
Monday, July 02, 2007

Facebook is the new AOL (
All of a sudden Facebook is a walled garden? I wonder where Jason got that?

PRWeb Launches More than 500 Additional News Feeds to Extend the Reach of its Online News Release Distribution

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Sun, 01 Jul 2007 07:55:47 GMT
Saturday, June 30, 2007

MySpace to follow Facebook, will “probably” open platform
Open? How is a proprietary widget API open?

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