Yesterday I upgraded my RSS Bandit to the 188.8.131.52 build. So far, the build quality seems high and my UI configuration issues are all addressed. Nice work, Torsten and Dare. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your point of view), the upgrade caused to me revisit the nearly unmanageable list of items flagged for follow up. So, without further procrastination, I will attempt to clean up my queue concerning blogs, RSS, etc. and business (i.e. follow up, part one):
- The readiness of RSS for primetime is debated, and I agree with Dare’s position–yes, it is ready!
- Jon Udell provides an analysis of blog content (e.g. the cost of providing metadata and the benefits gained by working on the provided metadata).
- Mihai Parparita posts a bridge from NNTP to RSS (in Perl). Coincidentally I’ve been involved in a number of work conversations about news readers where I’m thinking RSS and the other person is thinking NNTP; so, it’ nice to see these two worlds come together a bit.
- Martin Fowler marries blogs and wikis in Ruby and publishes his bliki. (This was back in May 2003; I just recently subscribed.)
- Computerworld reports that blogs are bubbling up into the business world.
- Yahoo! provides a beta service for subscribing to RSS feeds. Subscribed! This was actually foreshadowed by Jeremy Zawodny, who later on his blog comments on why Google needs Orkut (their new social software service). Enlightening, as are the details on Yahoo!’s RSS feed crawler here.
- Tim Heuer posts his RSS feed reader Web Part for SharePoint.
- Howell Developments posts free .NET class libraries for RSS and Atom.
- John Porcaro posts his answer to the question, How Do Blogs Help Your Company?
- Robert Scoble offers/references some interesting insights about blogs and the Howard Dean campaign (after the disastrous Iowa Caucus results)(i.e. ,  and )–insights not limited to the political arena. Dare responds.
- Roland Tanglao (of Streamline): Yet another Knowledge Management article that doesn’t mention blogs. Up with blogs, down with Knowledge Management! In 2004, I wouldn’t trust any KM program that doesn’t include blogs. Blogs are the best way to tell stories and share tacit knowledge.
- There may be adds coming soon to a feed near you, if RSSAds has any say in the matter.
- Don Park continues the previous bullet point saying, “I think the next step in content syndication markets is emergence and proliferation of OEM news aggregators for premium content service providers.” Branded RSS experience anyone?