RSS, OPML and the XML platform.
Copyright 2012 World Readable
According to Robert Scoble, RSS is dead yet again. This is getting boring. I guess if he predicts RSS is dead every 3 months for the rest of time, he will be eventually correct. I think this started when he told us that RSS doesn't scale several years ago.
In the age of 140 character micro content, URL shortening has become a necessity. Unfortunately, there's no business model behind them. WTF? Not again. As such Tr.im has announced it will be terminating it's services later this year. Yikes? Not really. At least not for most of us. How many people actually search older Twitter posts for gold? Not anybody I know. So older Twitter posts are broken, most of which will never see daylight.
Scoble and Dave Winer see this as a short-coming of Twitter. I'm not as concerned.
I was quite surprised to find Facebook had bought FriendFeed (for a reported $50 millions). In fact, it was my opinion that these two companies have competitive user features that don't really create synergies, but rather overlap. Personally, I see this more as a defensive more. Twitter plus FriendFeed could challenge Facebook's social Web dominance.
BTW, FriendFeed should be sending a cut of that $50 million to Robert Scoble. There's no way a geeky social Website is worth $50 million. Just another example of the Scoble Factor. Anybody here heard of Technorati? Six Apart?
Read Dave Winer for more on the Scoble Factor. Dave argues that the acquisition isn't user friendly. Interesting point. Personally, I always saw FriendFeed as a very geeky site. Only my fellow geeks use it. Non-geeks have never heard of it.
Yahoo! has announced a new version of the Media RSS specification. It looks like they added a lot of new elements to support Flickr. With the recent problems, I think this spec needs a twice-over. Please review and provide them feedback.
Ryan Parman has proposed a solution to the recurring problems with the media RSS specification. He proposes to transfer ownership of the specification to the RSS Advisory Board. I think this is a good idea. The rssboard.org website is very static and not subject to corporate decisions. What do you think?