RSS, OPML and the XML platform.
Copyright 2012 World Readable
Ramani Arunachalam has created an RSS product module. It looks simple, but needs to be cleaned up a tiny bit (namespace?). He released it under a CreativeCommons license. Buy.com also has one, but it's proprietary and there may also be licensing issues. Great work Ramani!
Simone Carletti is finding out that Technorati APIs are falling apart. They had a re-org a few months back and since then I've noticed their APIs are becoming unreliable. They seem to be focusing on monetizing their SERPs.
rssHugger, which launched today November 12th, is an interesting new website with the purpose of discovering new RSS feeds and blogs. They intend to be a better Technorati by eliminating spam thru registration. They charge $20 for a 10 years registration. Learn more about the how they intend to make RSS better on their About page. They want to sign up 50,000 blogs. At $20 per blog, that's $1,000,000 and a great way to fund this new start-up. They already have a couple popular blogs in their database; Mashable and SEO Book. I like the Random Blog feature which gives you a random blog within their database. I think it would be cool, if they provided their top 100 blogs as an OPML feed. They should do the same with their New RSS feeds. In fact, I could recommend the same to almost every blog search engine. Check out their blog and maybe even subscribe to their RSS.
BTW, I was paid a C-note to give you this review.
James Holderness is reporting that most RSS readers are still struggling with XML namespace use in Atom. James reported 1/3 of aggregators can't hand proper Atom namespace prefixes and 2/3 can't handler proper XHTML namespace prefixes. So after 2 years, people still can't Atom right. Don't you wish they had made some more simple? And they thought escaping titles was a problem.
I turned off Rmail on Sunday and turned on SendMeRSS yesterday. SendMeRSS is a rebranding of Rmail that I did for NBC. I sold Rmail to NBC a few months ago.