Word: RSS

[If you need a non-technical resource to better understand RSS and how to use it, read this RSS primer.]

It’s been awhile since I posted on this topic; so, here I try to catch up with related developments and thoughts over the past couple of months as follows:

  • Quality applies not only to the content itself but also to how the content is broadcast via syndication feeds like RSS. Here are six tips for producing quality feeds.
  • To get more exposure, visibility and reach for your RSS feeds and weblog URLs, here is a very useful listing of best blog directory and RSS submission sites.
  • Howell Developments released RSS Composer.
  • Given where email finds itself today concerning spam, viruses, etc., special attention must be given to newer technology like RSS. I, for one, appreciate today’s feeds because they are advertisement (spam) free. However, the days of this remaining true may be numbered (also here). Are we all prepared? More importantly, is the underlying technology ready for the weight of such an event, or will it die an untimely, premature death?
  • Pluck 0.8.2 for IE was released on 4/2/2004.
  • Robert Scoble (Microsoft) and Eric Auchard (Reuters) have a conversation, which reveals the power of blogs and the power of a professional response to them. Chris Pratley questions the ability of blogs to facilitate meaningful dialogs. Some of those who appreciate the posts Chris makes, weigh in. [1][2]
  • Listening to the brief interview with Dare Obasanjo on Channel 9, and in particular, Dare’s comparison of RSS 2.0 to RSS 1.0 and Atom–RSS 2.0 is the simplest of the lot and suitable for most syndication needs–reminded me of his previous post On Semantic Integration and XML as well as his post, Mr. Safe’s Guide to the RSS vs. ATOM debate.
  • For Robert Scoble blogging is really just the watercooler network of the 1980s. Michael Herman disagrees. Robert replies. They’re having a conversation. Blogs may not be conversations in and of themselves in much the same that one’s resume is not by itself a conversation either. However, a well-written blog can be a conversation starter just like a well-written resume can be. Networking and the quality of your network apply to both blogs and job-hunting, too. Anyway, I digress. But my recent conversation with Harry Pierson is my first hand proof that blogs are conversation starters.
  • Red Herring reports on the DEMO 2004 panel on the meaning of blogging. Robert Scoble comments afterward: One knock against weblogging and potential businesses that are being built around weblogs is “they are technically easy to reproduce.”
  • Sam Ruby offers some insightful commentary on why he uses Bloglines.
  • What’s good for small business (e.g. high sense of touch with customers) is good for business. Period.
  • The Birth Of The NewsMaster: The Network Starts To Organize Itself >> Heads, decks, and leads: revisited >> Newspaper Views for Reading RSS Feeds
  • Blog content needs to become a first class citizen in the XML world. -Jon Udell
  • What kind of conference blogger are you?
  • Dave Winer’s lecture on 2/9/2004 to Microsoft Research, Weblogs and how we can work together, can be heard here.
  • Blogs vs. NNTP technology (here, too)
  • Blogs vs. previous push technology
  • What’s up with blogging, and why should you care?
  • Jeremy Wagstaff ponders trackable RSS. It seems that under all technology is a battle for control pitting producer against consumer. Does it have to be this way?
  • Robert Scoble offers his vision of blogging’s future in response to Dave Winer’s poll on the subject.
  • Lisa Williams provides a great summary about what blogging’s future needs are from those in the blogsphere in The Weblog Wishlist Manifesto.
  • Why Ed Sim blogs as a VC is why more people in general should blog. For example (italics mine): Instead of beta testing a product, I get to beta or alpha test my opinions or thoughts and receive instant feedback no matter how far-fetched my ideas may be.
  • Brian Cantoni posted his notes from the 2/24/2004 SDForum Web Services SIG meeting, What is RSS? Links to PDFs of each presentation given at the meeting are as follows: [1], [2] and [3].
  • Jim Moore offers some good analysis on the Pew Internet Project study on online content creation (e.g. weblogs), which was released on 2/29/2004. eWeek reports the study: The impression out there is that a lot of the blog activity is very feverish, said Lee Rainie, the Pew project’s director. That’s not the case. For most bloggers, it’s not an all-consuming, all-the-time kind of experience.
  • Brad Abrams: I believe that blogging is having a major contribution to the changing culture around Microsoft. As an outsider looking in, I agree that Microsoft blogs, among other changes, have the affect causing me to see Microsoft as being more open. At least there’s a lot more heart to go with various faces I know. I want that kind of perception for myself and for the company I keep.
  • Relationship networks are hard work, and blogs/feeds can help you in the building process.
  • If you are currently just using a browser and an email application to interact with the web, you should read this to learn how you can benefit from an RSS Aggregator.
  • Dave Pollard posts a communication decision tree of when to blog and when to use other media to communicate online.
  • InfoWorld’s CTO recognizes the RSS tipping point for this company on 3/9/2004. Steve Gillmor reports the RSS tipping point in general within the enterprise: If it’s going to be true, it is true.
  • Dare makes a strong case for not merging RSS and Atom as Dave Winer suggested.
  • Why is RSS/Atom adoption so low [within Microsoft]? asks Robert Scoble.
  • Luke Hutteman‘s successful approach to building the SharpReader feed reader: This is exactly what I’e been trying to create: a simple, easy to use interface that doesn’t make you jump through hoops to get at the desired functionality. With any ideas I have about new features, I always try to think about how to best fit it into the current UI with a minimum of added complexity. If I cannot figure out how to do this, I typically rather leave out the feature than add it at the cost of a more complicated UI. This is not an easy job for anyone who has tried to realize its potential, but it very worthwhile and pays huge dividends in the long-run.
  • Robin Good says that job one for RSS is managing the realtime flow of information.
  • Jason Mauss suggests that blogs are a technical publications content killer. I agree that blogs should cause publishers like Fawcette to reconsider value-cost dynamics of hard copy vs. the value of RSS feeds. For example, I now see content from eWeek, InfoWorld and many other technical magazines in my feed reader days in advance of the weekly drop in my (regular mail) inbox. When the timeliness of information matters, this is a big deal. However, there still a lot to be said for a good traditional publication. I still see these two delivery channels as complementary–in the same way I appreciate and use blogs/RSS, email, IM, voice and face-to-face. In certain situations, one medium of communication is more appropriate and effective than another.
  • Although posted some time ago, Robert Scoble’s Corporate Weblog Manifesto still holds water.
  • Don Box tries to set the RSS version history record straight. Aaron Skonnard clarifies his record of history.

What’s surprising is that I’ve only been able to summarize and comment on roughly 50-60% of the posts I’ve collected on this subject. Guess the rest will have to come later. Stay tuned…