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Last Day to Vote for Bloggies
01/31/2006

TechWeb is running its annual Bloggies Award. Today is the last day to vote.

It's now the sixth year of the world's most established weblog awards, the Bloggies. Personal Web publishing never stops growing, and that means this year the public will have more contenders than ever to select from when choosing the year's best weblogs.

SSE Namespace Extension Updated
01/26/2006

Microsoft has updated the Simple Sharing Extensions for RSS the updated specification is available online at SSE namespace.

For other namespace specifications check out the Namespace Directory

Cache RSS Feeds and Save Bandwidth
01/25/2006

FeedForAll has come out with a new module for rss2html script, the rss2html cache module will expedite the retrieval and conversion of RSS feeds into html web pages.

Once the feed is cached it will be read from the local hard drive for a specified amount of time. After the specified time has lapsed, the RSS feed will be fetched again. This allows the contents of the RSS feed being displayed to remain current, while expediting the whole process.

The rss2html cache module is free to all registered users of FeedForAll or FeedForAll Mac.

FeedBurner Adding Ads?
01/25/2006

According to A Feed is Born :

FeedBurner will open up their RSS ad network, very soon. FeedBurner’s ad network is now only for publishers with a consistent base of more than 500 subscribers.  

Yahoo Launching Bloglines Twin
01/20/2006

Search Engine Journal reported earlier this week that Yahoo has acquired the assets of RSS service SearchFox, which announced recently that it would be shutting down later in January.

SearchFox provides a very similar style of RSS aggregation/ reading as does Bloglines, and although I didn’t become a regular user of the service it was certainly one of the closest competitors in terms of Bloglines-likeness of the many competing services out there I’ve used.

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RSS' Fate Lies in Education
01/20/2006

Broadcaster the BBC has launched a web service to "demystify" really simple syndication (RSS) technology. BBC FeedFactory provides users with basic and technical information about RSS and the syndication services available from the BBC.

"FeedFactory not only seeks to demystify this world, but also showcases what you can get from the BBC on a single page, making it easy to find what you want," said Tony Ageh, BBC Controller, Internet. FeedFactory pages explain RSS technology with no jargon in order to attract a non-technical audience.

RSS Feed Reader Comparison
01/18/2006

Blog post compares 16 Free RSS News Readers on OS X in summary:  

"Despite widely varying versions, there are three most worth considering: NetNewsWire Lite, NewsMac and PulpFiction Lite. No clear winner here, so I'll have to see what I use most. All three have paid versions waiting for when I see the light on how important a good RSS reader is to me. It should be noted in finishing this that the commercial RSS readers are significantly better than all of these."

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Nuvvo Uses RSS to Syndicate Course Listings
01/17/2006

Nuvvo is using RSS feeds to syndicate course listings and class offerings.

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New RSS Submit Released
01/17/2006

Dummy Software has released a new version of RSS Submit!

RSS Submit version 1.3 includes enhancements specifically geared towards RSS traffic management. Integration with FeedBurner allows users to access traffic per day and month for feeds hosted using the service. Traffic statistics are displayed in the software for each supported feed.

Registered users of RSS Submit will unlock additional RSS directories and receive upgrades to the latest version at no charge. Registered users may also download plug-ins to further enhance the software with the ability to ping blogs, submit podcasts, and compile reports.

RSS Radio
01/16/2006

Blogs, Podcasting, Video Casts, Content on Demand... all are emerging as indispensable marketing tools for business and all are made possible by RSS. The eCommerce RSS Radio Show brings you world class experts for marketing success with RSS. We bring you the strategy, tactics and measurements that impact your bottom line, the kind of "put to work now" stuff that makes a difference.

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RSS Reviewed
01/13/2006

Bill Flitter from Pheedo does a great job recapping RSS in 2005.

Now that 2006 is upon us, let's look back at some of the great developments in RSS from 2005. Was 2005 the “year of RSS?” Maybe... It certainly was the year that RSS started to go mainstream, and the amount of innovation and forward thinking in 2005 has set the stage for 2006 to show record user adoption. I think we will see the true potential of RSS in the months to come. Here are some of the more interesting 2005 happenings.

FutureRSS Script for Prepublishing RSS Feeds
01/10/2006

The future-rss.php script is used to automatically delay the publication of Items in an RSS feed. This allows Items in a RSS feed to be created ahead of time, and then slowly released over a period of time.

Many people have tried to set the PubDate field on their RSS feed Items to a future date and time, in an attempt to have that particular item become 'visible' to their feed's subscribers on that particular date and time. Unfortunately, they will soon find out that many RSS readers and aggregators don't honor future PubDates, and immediately show all their feed's items. The future-rss.php script 'hides' the future items from RSS feed readers and aggregators, until their PubDate becomes current.

Technology Predictions for 2006
01/05/2006

2005 literally took the world by storm. The tragedies of the Asian Tsunami, the Hurricanes that blew through the US Gulf Coast and the earthquakes that swallowed parts of Pakistan have left an indelible mark on 2005. While mother nature cast a shadow on 2005, it was technology that delivered the impact that resulted in a huge outpouring of donations. The world was touched by the human element seen real-time in pictures and videos. Today's technology was able to deliver the graphical grittiness that portrayed the nightmares occurring half a world away.

Technology is usually thought of as impersonal, but something needs to be recognized; without technology the personal elements of the 2005 tragedies would not likely have been conveyed to the extent and timeliness they were. Reflecting on 2005 and looking forward to 2006, technology will undoubtedly continue play a significant role in the future both on a personal and impersonal level.

In 2005 Blogs gave birth to splogs, where senseless web scrapers generated massive amounts of senseless content. Spam reached a whole new level, right along side the ethical debate of content scraping. Copyrights have been stepped on and I foresee a new host of tools that will emerge to protect content.

2005 in Review, Predictions for 2006

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New Namespacee Directory
01/03/2006

FeedForAll has announed a new Namespace directory.

The namespace directory is a free information directory containing namespace extension details. The directory is designed to be a central repository for namespace extensions. The intent of the directory is to help prevent redundancy and assist users with the process of extending RSS 2.0.

The namespace directory contains detailed steps on creating a namespace extension. While anyone can create a namespace, users are encouraged to a specific and well-planned reason to do so. It is important to realize that RSS readers or RSS processing applications will be unable to use the namespace information unless they were specifically designed to support the custom information.

The Truth Comes Out 31% of Surfers Use RSS
01/03/2006

According to Alex Barnett's Blog

The study actually showed that 4% knew they were using RSS, while 27% were using RSS without realising it.

Slashdot Says Only 4% Use RSS
01/02/2006

According to a report on Slashdot only 4% of Internet users use RSS feeds. Just because only 4% of Internet users knowingly use RSS feeds that does NOT mean that only 4% use RSS.

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