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Wed, 28 Feb 2007 05:04:23 GMT
Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Joe Wikert's Publishing 2020 Blog: RSS vs. Aggregation Sites
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Displaying an RSS Feed
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Tue, 27 Feb 2007 01:31:04 GMT
Monday, February 26, 2007

Digg - Slashdot Sucks.
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How to Get Alerted When Somebody Has Dugg your Article :: the How-To Geek
This is a must RSS feed to subscribe.
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How to watch for Diggs to your site - Freshblog
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LinkedInABox: Unleash Your LinkedIn Profile
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Embed Your LinkedIn Profile on a Webpage at Digital Inspiration
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Dancing About Architecture: Fun with User-Agents: Firefox and IE7
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Akamai Podcasting Whitepaper
Akamai has a solution for scaling podcast downloads
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Sneak peek: Universal Widget API - Netvibes.com Blog
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AdMoolah News and Views » The Rise and Fall of MyBlogLog
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Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:31:03 GMT
Cornerstones of RSS

With the coming of the 3rd birthday of FeedBurner, a company I consider one of the cornerstones of RSS' success, I'm asking the readers to tell me what companies they consider the cornerstones of RSS success.

Cornerstones of RSS
What companies do you think formed the cornerstones of RSS success?

6 Apart (Typepad, LiveJournal)
AOL (WeblogsInc, Netscape)
Apple (Podcasting)
Ask.com (Bloglines)
Automattic (Wordpress, Akismet)
Digg
FeedBurner
Feedster
Google (Blogger)
IceRocket
Juice (iPodder)
Microsoft (CDF, IE7)
Mozilla (Firefox)
NewsCorp (MySpace)
NewsGator (FeedDemon)
PodShow (Podcasting)
Technorati
Userland (Radio, RSS)
Yahoo (del.icio.us, Flickr)

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 01:56:32 GMT
FeedBurner Is Three

FeedBurner, one of the corner stones of the RSS industry, is three years old. Congrats to Dick, Eric, Steve, Matt, Rick, Don and the rest of the FeedBurner team.

http://blogs.feedburner.com/feedburner/archives/2007/02/feedburner_is_three.php

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 00:51:28 GMT
Sunday, February 25, 2007

Micro Persuasion: NBA Launches Social Network
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Sun, 25 Feb 2007 16:47:08 GMT
TalkShoe NOT Easy

Today I signed up and downloaded talkshoe. At first glance, this looked too good to be true. You get paid $5 for each of your first 10 episodes, plus $4 for each 100 listeners. This sounds like an easy $50 and if you are really desparate for the money, then you might want do it. I had two big problems with the website.

  1. I had to install a native Windows application to run my show. Not that I'm an Apple nut, but native applications of any sort are not popular in my house.
  2. I had to call into their voice system. You can also VOIP via Skype, but this should've been integrated into the download.

I suspect these problems are creating major barriers to entry for their users. That said, this does appear to be one of the best solutions for combined broadcasting and podcasting of audio shows.

http://www.talkshoe.com/

Sat, 24 Feb 2007 15:43:13 GMT
FeedBurner Blog Network

FeedBurner blog networks are a way of banding together a bunch of blogs in order to get more exposure with FeedBurner advertisers. I created a KBCafe network on Feedburner and have been selling about 10% of additional inventory across all my blogs because of it. I'm looking to build up the network. If you are interested in joining, then send me an email [randy@kbcafe.com].

http://networks.feedburner.com/KBCafe

Sat, 24 Feb 2007 04:36:47 GMT
Friday, February 23, 2007

Library clips :: Feedburner : audience engagement :: February :: 2007
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mhinze.com » Blog Archive » OPML to HTML
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Greg Reinacker's Weblog - NewsGator and the latest Feedburner Statistics
Greg explains why NewsGator's suite didn't fair well in the FeedBurner stats.
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TechBrew : Article : Contest: Win a FeedBurner Total Stats Pro Account
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New blogs and their comment policies at Tom Raftery’s I.T. views
Tom get it!
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Yahoo!, Google and Bloglines Dominate Web-based RSS Reader Market
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Fri, 23 Feb 2007 18:32:21 GMT
Stickam.com, The Better MySpace

Today, I signed up for stickam.com. I really think the next big thing is live broadcasting with podcast management. I blogged my experience on the Meta-MySpace blog.

http://www.kbcafe.com/myspace/?guid=20070223103023

Fri, 23 Feb 2007 06:32:40 GMT
Thursday, February 22, 2007

Are You Paying Attention?: FeedBurner Feed Reading Stats
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Why Blog Networks Failed » Wisdump
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Bloggers Blog: Are Blog Networks Failing?
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Screencast: Using RSS to Add Currency to the Library Web Site
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The Long Tail: Building out the Wired blog network
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Another MyBlogLog Hack? | Marketing Pilgrim
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Thu, 22 Feb 2007 23:25:12 GMT
Hot Web 2.0 Companies?

Business 2.0 has listed their Next Net 25. A list of 25 startups they predict are going to break-out. I'm rather disappointed in their list. They start with a 6 year old startup; StumbleUpon. A 6-yr-old company is a startup? In that case, my startup prediction for 2007 success is Google. It sounds like they went to the biggest tech VCs and asked which companies they should be pushing.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/02/21/magazines/business2/nextnet_intro.biz2/index.htm

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:46:49 GMT
FeedBurner's View of the Feed Market

Rick Klau of FeedBurner blogged us some amazing stats that reflect the new tracking of Google RSS users. Some highlights follow...

http://blogs.feedburner.com/feedburner/archives/2007/02/feedburners_view_of_the_feed_m.php

Wed, 21 Feb 2007 10:10:52 GMT
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

No Changes in RSS Metrics
Metrics should be viewed, not discussed ;-)
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FeedBurner Fatal Flaw
This is really the fatal flaw of RSS and not what the author thinks it. He like most of the planet don't understand RSS, so he's confused. I'm confused about brain surgery, but surgeons do it anyway.
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Badger: Badge Any RSS Feed With Yahoo! Pipes - kentbrewster.com
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Tue, 20 Feb 2007 16:19:32 GMT
Odeo for Sale

Evan Williams (evhead) is putting Odeo on the selling block. Like Blogger (another Evan invention) pioneered blogger, Odeo pioneered podcasting. But also like Blogger, Odeo is struggling to make a go of it. It wasn't until Google bought Blogger from evhead that it really took off. A similar move by Odeo could do the same.

http://blog.obvious.com/2007/02/looking-for-odeos-new-home.html
http://evhead.com/2007/02/marketplace-wanted-web-site-for-sale.asp

There are lots of people trying to make a dent in this market and it will eventually make some people rich. Podcasting and videocasting will be very big over the next 5 years. You can put your money on that. But, what people want and what geeks are delivering are not one and the same. People want to be the next Internet superstar, or at least pretend they are. They want broastcasting, chat, videocasting, podcast and vidcast management, etc.

I almost saw this at blogTV.ca. It was pretty close, except that you have to register to view the broadcast and they geo-block everybody outside of Canada.

Mon, 19 Feb 2007 07:41:28 GMT
Sunday, February 18, 2007

Adobe enters feed reader race « Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger
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Google Reader FeedFetcher Subscriber Count! (Geek News Central)
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Ross Mayfield's Weblog: Widgets are the battering ram for social networking sandcastles
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Snipperoo: Widgets are the battering ram for social networking sandcastles
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Google Reader Starts Reporting Subscriber Numbers and Shows How Much Ground They’ve Taken from Bloglines
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/Message: Big Spike In Feedburner Subscribers
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1,000+ subscribers and no free pint :-( at Tom Raftery’s I.T. views
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Sun, 18 Feb 2007 01:59:55 GMT
Saturday, February 17, 2007

what happened to digg?
The Digg bashing continues.
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Sat, 17 Feb 2007 20:02:09 GMT
Digg Sucks!

Digg bashing is likely one of the most popular hobbies in the blogosphere. There are elements of the Digg userbase which behave improperly. That's to be expected of any social group. But its the response from bloggers that is most interesting to watch. 1.2 million hits for digg sucks. I'm subscribing to digg sucks on Google blog search to follow this phenomena. Talk about knocking things off a pedestal.

Digg This >>
http://digg.com/tech_news/Why_Digg_Sucks_or_Ten_Reasons_Digg_Sucks 

More...

Note: One thing that bugs me about Digg lately is that the MetaWeblogAPI support seems to be broken. It use to work for me, but doesn't anymore.

Sat, 17 Feb 2007 18:07:09 GMT
Which RSS Readers have/do You Use?

A small survey (two questions) to find out just how accurate the FeedBurner stats are. Please feel free to link or embed this survey on your own blog.

RSS Readers
1. What RSS Readers have you tried?

Rmail GreatNews Google Reader
Bloglines NewsGator Online NetVibes
Rojo My Yahoo! Zhuaxia
Firefox Live Bookmarks News Alloy Pluck
Windows RSS Platform YeahReader Newshutch
NetNewsWire FeedDemon Akregator
FeedReader Opera RSS Reader SharpReader
BlogBridge RSS Bandit Thunderbird
Vienna Feedpath Omea Reader
RssReader Poco Online Reader Flock My News
NewsFire Attensa for Outlook Feedbringer.net
HanRSS NewszCrawler Omea Pro
RSSOwl Safari RSS Sage
Snarfer
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Current Results

 Please link to this survey so that we can get the greatest response. You can link to it in several ways.

  1. Link to this blog entry.
    http://www.therssweblog.com/?guid=20070217100709
  2. Link directly to the survey entry form.
    http://multivote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/15648
  3. Embed the code into your own blog entry.
    Email me (randy@kbafe.com) for the code.
Sat, 17 Feb 2007 16:54:24 GMT
Subscribers by User-Agent

Now that Google is reporting GoogleReader subscriber counts, it's time for me to report my top User-Agents, as reported by FeedBurner. I last reported these numbers back in August.

  1. Rmail
  2. GreatNews
  3. Google Feedfetcher
  4. Bloglines
  5. NewsGator Online
  6. Netvibes
  7. Rojo
  8. MyYahoo!
  9. Zhuaxia
  10. Firefox Live Bookmarks
  11. News Alloy
  12. Pluck IE
  13. Windows RSS Platform
  14. YeahReader
  15. Newshutch

feedburner

Where did SharpReader, Attensa, Flock, Onfolio, RssReader, FeedReader, NewsGator, NetNewswire and FeedDemon go? Have users graduated to a second generation of RSS readers? I think it's time for a new Review of RSS Readers entry.

Sat, 17 Feb 2007 08:28:05 GMT
Friday, February 16, 2007

FeedBaY: eBay RSS Feeds
eBay listing via RSS
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Adobe myFeedz - an RSS Aggregator That Learns from You at Digital Inspiration
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13 Reasons Why NoFollow Tags Suck
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Bloggers Blog: No Love For NoFollow?
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Burning Questions • Google Now Reporting Subscribers
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donloeb.com » Blog Archive » google adds subscriber reporting…yeah!
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Will Widgets Hit A Mainstream Wall Just Like RSS? » Publishing 2.0
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Are You Paying Attention?: Will Widgets and RSS hit the mainstream?
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Sat, 17 Feb 2007 04:33:50 GMT
The Kings of Myspace

This short film and music video defines MySpace better than anything you could tell your parents. If they ask, then simply send them this link ;-)

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 15:43:21 GMT
GoogleReader Sub Counts

You can expect a jump in your FeedBurner subscriber counts in the next few days. Google has started reporting subscription numbers for its GoogleReader web-based RSS reader.

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 13:07:04 GMT
BuddyWave

BuddyWave. It's like Viagra for MySpace or so their website claims. It's actually a Web browser with built-in MySpace functionality and most other functionality scraped out. Here's a demo.

http://buddywave.com/

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 05:05:28 GMT
Thursday, February 15, 2007

Why Digg Failed || kuro5hin.org
More people want Digg to fail than any other website. Jealousy? Not sure.
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snellspace.com » Blog Archive » Royalty Free Atom
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donloeb.com » Blog Archive » my yahoo patents…hmmm…
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FeedBurner RSS signup conversion tracking on the way
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EContentMag.com: Microsoft RSS Patent Applications Cause a Stir, Then Simmer
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Thu, 15 Feb 2007 02:18:12 GMT
Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Finding The Money: 10 Reasons to Use MyBlogLog
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RSS Preview bookmarklet - public beta test
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Grazr Blog » Blog Archive » RSS previewer
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RSS Reader Triggers Airport Security
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A Very Simple Method to Increase your RSS Subscribers & MyBloglog community members.
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Thu, 15 Feb 2007 00:44:23 GMT
RSS Reader Triggers Airport Security
Josh Hallett made an unusual discovery at Atlanta's airport: Running an RSS reader looks like hacking to the airport's pay wifi service. If you are using the paid wifi in the terminal and you open up a desktop-based RSS reader like...
Link - Comments - Wed, 14 Feb 2007 10:28:26 -0500 - Feed (3 subs) - RPost
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Wed, 14 Feb 2007 19:56:31 GMT
Google Acquires Technorati

Kevin Marks, the lead architect behind Technorati, is now a Google employee. Not only has Google acquired (stolen) Technorati's market share in blogosphere search, but they've also acquired their head engineer. This is looking like game over.

http://epeus.blogspot.com/2007/02/begoogled.html

Wed, 14 Feb 2007 04:55:53 GMT
Technorati to Yahoo!
Amit Agarwal is reporting that Technorati blog search results are appearing on Yahoo! Our City webpages. I'm smelling another Web 2.0 prediction coming true. Is Yahoo! buying Technorati?
Wed, 14 Feb 2007 04:46:34 GMT
State of Blogosphere Search, Part V

Things have changed drastically since the last time I wrote about blogosphere search. For the better? Not really. For the worse? A bit. The biggest change is that Technorati and Google Blog Search now enjoy pretty much co-dominance in this domain. Other players like PubSub have disappeared with Bob Wyman denying problems all the way to his company's grave. I'd point you to a blog entry, but even Bob's blog has disappeared. Bloglines search has dissolved since purchased by Ask.com. Feedster lost both of their founders and all their users. BlogPulse, Blogdigger, Sphere and IceRocket have all had similar problems and are rarely heard from these days. Yahoo! blog search never really got out of the garage and has been replaced by Technorati provided results (I smell another Yahoo! acquisition). That's a lot of bad news.

But worse, I don't really like the results being returned by anybody these days. I'll stick with the top three; Google, Technorati and Bloglines. These are the only three that received minimal good results in my recent survey of blogosphere search engines. The most common searches I perform are vanity searches for my domain (www.kbcafe.com) and my name (randy morin). Let's examine the results returned by each.

Google

A vanity search for my domain on Google blog search returns quite a bit of easily identified splogs. In fact, a blog called Flaccid Penis seems to be permanently in my results. This guy is a big gay porn splogger who happens to use the kbcafe.com tagspace. Unfortunately, Google indexes these links even though they are clearly marked as tags. Not that anybody else does any better. Further, any internal links in my blogs are reported in their results. I hate that.

A vanity search for my name on Google blog search is actually pretty good stuff, both the name and link search in Google blog search miss a lot of post and that forces me to rely on a secondary blogosphere search engine; Technorati and Bloglines. On the good side, both searches are fast and respond in sub-second all-the-time.

Technorati

Technorati continues to fall behind Google and I use them today only to supplement the Google results, which aren't anywhere near perfect. Technorati is very slow with searches taking several seconds and as many as several dozens of seconds. Let's examine the search for my domain on Technorati. Technorati, like Google, continues to index tags and since I use my own tagspace, my blog entries are reflected in this search. But worse, Technorati doesn't really index RSS or blogs, but rather web pages. Some blogs that have me in their blogroll fall into these search results with every one of their blog posts. Add these problems to splog results and you end up with more bogus results than anything else.

Moving onto my name vanity search on Technorati and ... waiting .... waiting ... this is simply too slow. Doh! The Technorati Monster escaped again. Yawn. Technorati seems to be down again. There we go. Finally! It seems my biggest promoter is none other than uber-splogger Elliot Back. This guy has been the #1 splogger for months now and his domains are still getting indexed by Technorati. Do they even have a splog team?

Blogslines

Bloglines, like Technorati is slow and often down for the count. Why am I even bothering. 100% of the kbcafe domain search results in Bloglines are reflections of my own blogging. Either blog entries on my blogs or legitimate automated syndication or bookmarks. Onto the name search results in Bloglines. This is so slow I'm about to give up. Hello? Anybody at Ask working on this? Once the Bloglines SERPs return, they aren't that bad.

Conclusion

I'm using Google blog search as my primary blogosphere search engine. Mostly because it returns results immediately and is integrating directly into my favorite web search engine. One click and I switch between blogosphere and Web SERPs. Technorati and Bloglines are the only two other engines that can claim to be working. They are extremely slow and don't provide better results. They do supplement my Google results, but that's not saying much. It looks like Google wins, but this time it's not because they are great, it's because everybody else sucks.

Related entries...

Wed, 14 Feb 2007 00:33:25 GMT
Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Google Mobile Proxy adds RSS/Atom Feed Discovery
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NewsGator Support Announcements: Service Slowdown
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Feedity - RSS Web Feed Generator for Web Pages without Syndication
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Tue, 13 Feb 2007 12:57:25 GMT
Fedafi for Sale

Fedafi is for sale. That was quick, they only started last October. They were trying to compete in the same space as FeedBurner. I guess giving up was the only option ;-)

http://www.sitepoint.com/marketplace/auction/4879

Tue, 13 Feb 2007 04:51:57 GMT
Monday, February 12, 2007

Library clips :: More on Feedburner Networks :: February :: 2007
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Dave Bouwman - ArcExperts RSS Feed... It's Alive!
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Mon, 12 Feb 2007 18:32:53 GMT
Blogosphere Search Survey Results

Last month, I surveyed my readers, asking what blogosphere search engines have they used, do they use regularly and which are their favorites. The results are in and Google Blog Search is the clear winner. Of the 18 respondents, half said that Google was their favorite. Technorati was the only other contender with 4 favorite votes. A spreasheet of the results are in Google Docs and pasted below.

18 Tried Regular Favorite R/T F/T F/R Total

Google 15 14 9 93% 60% 64% 218%

Technorati 15 10 4 67% 27% 40% 133%

Feedster 7 1 1 14% 14% 100% 129%

Bloglines 10 5 1 50% 10% 20% 80%

BlogPulse 7 3 0 43% 0% 0% 43%

Blogdigger 3 1 0 33% 0% 0% 33%

Sphere 7 2 0 29% 0% 0% 29%

IceRocket 11 2 0 18% 0% 0% 18%

Yahoo! 4 0 0 0% 0% 0% 0%
Mon, 12 Feb 2007 04:11:47 GMT
Sunday, February 11, 2007

Feedburner Launch Geo-Targeted Ads | Connected Internet
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persistent.info: More Efficient FeedBurner Visitor Tracking
Great idea for the FeedBurner team.
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Library clips :: Feedburner Networks is finally here :: February :: 2007
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Another interview about Weblogs, Inc. retiring a couple of blogs... - The Jason Calacanis Weblog
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Sun, 11 Feb 2007 01:22:14 GMT
Saturday, February 10, 2007

List Posts » Top 93 offsprings of web 2.0
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Fri, 09 Feb 2007 05:30:32 GMT
Thursday, February 08, 2007

Wikipedia running out of cash? « Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger
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Fri, 09 Feb 2007 03:07:00 GMT
Yahoo! Pipes

about: Pipes is an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator. Using Pipes, you can create feeds that are more powerful, useful and relevant.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/

More reviews...

Most are reporting that the service is overloaded and currently unavailable.

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 14:49:03 GMT
I don't suffer from OCD says the Wikipedia Editor

A couple interesting comments I found this morning in my comments. The first.

I have a job, I don't suffer from OCD and I edit wikipedia... free of charge. I'm an admin too.
Your entire post is an insult to the 5000 or so active editors who dedicate their hard work to building a FREE encyclopedia so mouth-breathers like you can look up big words.
I'm not a brilliant author.  I'm barely a competent one... but I believe in the goal of the project... so I work on the administrative side.  I help keep 12 year olds from replacing article with random curse words. On the more serious side I try to help clear up copyright violations... like, you know, when some shitbag tries to copy and paste some website on to wikipedia to claim it's his own work.
The admins on wikipedia aren't some elite class of editors on wikipedia.  Administrators get no more say in how the project works then any random editor.  The requirements to become an admin is basically a firm grasp of the rules, the ability to get along with people you m ight not like in a civil manner and a few months experience editing.  Cliques do exist... but cliques exist in every organization and in every nation, city, school, or church on the planet and are vital to the functioning of any larger culture.
Who can take the site seriously? It has been cited in over 40 court cases and used as a source in several hundred newspaper articles. The site gets literally millions of hits a day and 300 edits a minute.  The shear number of man-hours being spent on improving and maintaining wikipedia is comparable to a billion dollar corporation.  It was once estimated that if wikipedia wasn't a non-profit it would be worth in excess of 300 million dollars.
You think taking pride in your hobby and wanting to see it improve is a OCD, then I somehow doubt you have even bothered to read the article on it.
If someone is sick... truly sick with addiction to the internet then that's a terrible thing, but it's not the fault of wikipedia.  It's ridiculous to imply that somehow wikipedia is responsible  for someones physiological problems.
Let me ask you a retorical question and I hope you spend some time reflecting on it:  Why do you get off on tearing things down?

...and the reply...

>I have a job, I don't suffer from OCD
They never want to admit it, do they? 

>The admins on wikipedia aren't some elite class of editors on wikipedia.
Then why do they try to micromanage non-admin's? And shouldn't Wikipedia be capitalized?
>Administrators get no more say in how the project works then any random editor.
What? Just one example: They get to lock pages so random editors can't edit them.
>Cliques do exist... but cliques exist in every organization and in every nation, city, school, or church on the planet and are vital to the functioning of any larger culture.
And how are they vital, etc...?
>Who can take the site seriously? It has been cited in over 40 court cases and used as a source in several hundred newspaper articles. The site gets literally millions of hits a day and 300 edits a minute. 
Yeah, the same thing could probably be said for National Enquirer's site.  Perhaps this is one reason so many newspapers are losing readers and credibility.
>It was once estimated that if wikipedia wasn't a non-profit it would be worth in excess of 300 million dollars.
Like Enron?

>Why do you get off on tearing things down?
Why do you have trouble accepting criticism?

Great comments all-around that needed to be preserved.

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 03:47:53 GMT
Wednesday, February 07, 2007

When E-mail Wins Hands Down Over RSS
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New Blogger breaks Qumana - TechLifeBlogged
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Wed, 07 Feb 2007 15:10:23 GMT
New Smart Digg Buttons

Digg now has a new button that allows your readers to either submit your story or Digg it, depending on whether the story has already been submitted. Previously, the code for submitting and Digging was different.

http://digg.com/tools/integrate

Wed, 07 Feb 2007 15:07:22 GMT
New Blogger breaks Qumana

Scott Kingery is reporting that the New Blogger breaks Qumana's MetaWeblogAPI support.

http://www.techlifeweb.com/2007/02/new-blogger-breaks-qumana.html

Wed, 07 Feb 2007 02:58:29 GMT
Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The right way to redirect a WordPress 2.0 feed through FeedBurner -- Chip’s Tips for Developers
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Micro Persuasion: Disney.com Re-Launch Has Widgets But Still No Web 2.0
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Searching for Ways to Move Up in Google | Workbench
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Tue, 06 Feb 2007 00:42:42 GMT
Monday, February 05, 2007

RSS Feed Ads from BlogAds - An Interesting Advertising Model at Digital Inspiration
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Yahoo! Mail vs GMail vs Windows Live Mail at Digital Inspiration
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Zoli's Blog :: 2000 Bloggers Gaming Technorati and Google
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4 New Ways to Embed Video « WordPress.com
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Mon, 05 Feb 2007 02:15:30 GMT
Sunday, February 04, 2007

CleverClogs: RSS-Enabled Marketing Search Engine : The Power 150
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Sun, 04 Feb 2007 01:06:59 GMT
Saturday, February 03, 2007

CleverClogs: RSS Explorer Mash-up : FeedFlinger
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Sat, 03 Feb 2007 20:37:12 GMT
Social Website Survey

Last month, I ran a small social website survey to try and figure out what were the most popular social websites and maybe find some diamonds in the ruff. I got 47 respondents, which is about what I expected. That isn't a lot, but enough to derive some meaningful information.

One thing I did was use awareness as a baseline. This way I could judge the other questions against whether the person was even aware of the social website. You can think of awareness as first base for a social website. It's the most important base, but doesn't really say much about the experience. Second, third and home base I set as whether you actually bothered to setup a profile, use the website regularly and whether it's your favorite. I then computed the percentage of time that any user moved from one base to a higher base. I figured these scores would tell me less about the marketing of the website and more about the actual experience of using it. I further deduced that by summing the scores, then maybe I'd get an interesting ranking. Check the spreadsheet details.

Let's focus on the top 5 websites from the survey.

  1. YouTube - YouTube was #1 because 14 of 25 (56%) respondents who said they've visited the website also say its their favorite social website. Of the 14 that said it was their favorite, only 10 had profiles. That's not surprising as many of my friends love to surf YouTube, but don't have profiles.
  2. Facebox - This was the big surprise. In fact, I included it only to round out the list to 20 websites. I've never used it, but 3 of 4 respondents who have used it also say it's their favorite.
  3. Flickr - Ten people responded they had a Flickr profile, ten responded they used it regularly and ten responded it was their favorite social website. In other words, if you setup a profile, you'll like it, but until you do, you don't use it.
  4. MySpace - In aggregate, the scores for MySpace were off the chart. Almost everybody knows about it, has a profile, uses it regularly and call its their favorite. But once you dig into the numbers, you realize the numbers simply fall out of the fact that everybody knows about it and you can't even watch the weather network without hearing they have a MySpace profile.
  5. Facebook - Facebook's stats were very similar to MySpace except that only one-third as many respondents had visited it and that translated across the survey to similar one-third numbers.

Some surprising numbers came from the middleweights; Orkut, Friendster and MSN Space. Nobody responded that they used the site regularly or called it their favorite. Heavyweight LinkedIn posted surprisingly average numbers. I will check-out Facebox and Bebo, which I've never visited before and did very well.

Sat, 03 Feb 2007 06:23:51 GMT
Friday, February 02, 2007

How to get rid of Snap's obnoxious link previews - Download Squad
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Always Offer Feed Updates via E-Mail, Adsense Blog Numbers Prove the Importance at Digital Inspiration
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Flickr go-slow? at Tom Raftery’s I.T. views
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Too many feeds have bloated RSS - 02 Feb 2007 - IT Week
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Found in Translation
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Blogger Buzz: Make Your Own Blogger Widgets
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Fri, 02 Feb 2007 15:25:01 GMT
BlogTV

This week, I was invited to a preview of BlogTV.ca. This is a new video blogging service. They gave me free beer and appetizers in hope that I'd blog about them and maybe start using their product. At first glance, the product is amazing. You can manage vlogs better than anything I've seen before. You can broadcast your shows live, invite co-hosts, your viewers can chat with you and between themselves. You can save your shows and post them on your blog. This is the software that you need to become the next Amanda Congdon. Screeeeech! There are just two problems.

  1. Most of you can't see the embedded video below because they are using geo-blocking to prevent use outside of Canada.
  2. The viewer is horrible. Even if you are in Canada the video and audible for the show below is jumpy, skipping words as it continuously rebuffers.  UPDATE: It appears its the actual video that is jerky and not the viewer.

Those two problems make BlogTV a bad choice for anybody trying to do professional Vlogging or who have an audience outside of Canada. But if they could fix these two problems, this could be the next YouTube.

 

A couple other minor problems.

  1. The HTML provided for embedding in a blog entry is invalid.
  2. The video autoplays by default.

http://www.blogtv.ca/

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 04:29:34 GMT
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