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Wed, 28 Nov 2007 18:31:22 GMT
Really Simple Me
As part of developing my new Reblinks website, I need an XML vocabulary for describing a person. The obvious choice is FOAF. Unfortunately, the FOAF project is dying of neglect and after more than eight years, it still remains mostly a work-in-progress. As such, I've decided that I'm going to create a new XML called Really Simple Me. If all goes well, then I'll likely propose it for adoption by the RSS Advisory Board.
Mon, 26 Nov 2007 17:39:14 GMT

Step 1 - Allow the user to create an account and login.

Eventually, this will become Please don't email bugs, it's currently pre-Alpha version -0.10.

Fri, 23 Nov 2007 13:39:32 GMT
More Product RSS

A Feed is Born and Paul Watson have chimed in on Ramani Arunachalam's new RSS product module. Paul is wondering why not microformats. I responded in his comments.

Wed, 21 Nov 2007 19:23:41 GMT
Onaswarm Launch!

David Janes, a micro-content mastermind, has created and launched a new website called Onaswarm for managing your mico-content. They are giving away an iPod Touch in a launch content. Worth checking out!

Wed, 21 Nov 2007 15:53:02 GMT
Product RSS Module

Ramani Arunachalam has created an RSS product module. It looks simple, but needs to be cleaned up a tiny bit (namespace?). He released it under a CreativeCommons license. also has one, but it's proprietary and there may also be licensing issues. Great work Ramani!

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 21:22:15 GMT
Technorati Falling Down

Simone Carletti is finding out that Technorati APIs are falling apart. They had a re-org a few months back and since then I've noticed their APIs are becoming unreliable. They seem to be focusing on monetizing their SERPs.

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 04:02:55 GMT

rssHugger, which launched today November 12th, is an interesting new website with the purpose of discovering new RSS feeds and blogs. They intend to be a better Technorati by eliminating spam thru registration. They charge $20 for a 10 years registration. Learn more about the how they intend to make RSS better on their About page. They want to sign up 50,000 blogs. At $20 per blog, that's $1,000,000 and a great way to fund this new start-up. They already have a couple popular blogs in their database; Mashable and SEO Book. I like the Random Blog feature which gives you a random blog within their database. I think it would be cool, if they provided their top 100 blogs as an OPML feed. They should do the same with their New RSS feeds. In fact, I could recommend the same to almost every blog search engine. Check out their blog and maybe even subscribe to their RSS.

BTW, I was paid a C-note to give you this review.

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 00:26:00 GMT
Atomic Problems

James Holderness is reporting that most RSS readers are still struggling with XML namespace use in Atom. James reported 1/3 of aggregators can't hand proper Atom namespace prefixes and 2/3 can't handler proper XHTML namespace prefixes. So after 2 years, people still can't Atom right. Don't you wish they had made some more simple? And they thought escaping titles was a problem.

Sun, 11 Nov 2007 18:27:17 GMT
Interpreting the Profile
I was asked to respond to Sam's questions regarding how the Feed Validator should handle suggestions from the RSS profile. These are my responses. They are not responses from the board or spec text. They are simply my opinion and they may be right, wrong and both right and wrong.
Tue, 06 Nov 2007 18:51:36 GMT
WARNING! Self Promotion

I turned off Rmail on Sunday and turned on SendMeRSS yesterday. SendMeRSS is a rebranding of Rmail that I did for NBC. I sold Rmail to NBC a few months ago.

Sat, 03 Nov 2007 01:29:24 GMT
Google's OpenSocial API

Google released a new API called OpenSocial API. After about 5 minutes, I realized it's actually an API into the Orkut database and not really an open API. Here's a one hour video where they try to better explain their approach.

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