RSS, OPML and the XML platform.
Copyright 2003-5 Randy Charles Morin
The blogosphere is buzzing about Bloglines new RSS extension.
Alex Barnett: The priorities seem wrong here - I don't see this step getting us any closer to getting better services when there are other much more fundamental issues that need solving.
Marshall Kirkpatrick: This is a great idea for which the time has come.
Scott Johnson: Its a fine gesture but thatâs all it is â a gesture â and like many gestures it wonât actually solve anything.
Danny Ayers: I can't see any problem with this proposal on technical grounds, the fact that its capability is likely to be misunderstood probably outweighs its potential benefit.
Randy: That's a lot of negativity. As someone who runs a search engine, I think I know the motivation here. Every few days, I get an email from somebody who is concerned that I'm reposting in my search results fragments from their blogs, journals, etc. I assume Bloglines gets a lot more than I. This extension gives Bloglines a way of responding to these complaints without having to create and maintain a blacklist of RSS feeds. It solves a concrete problem. Well done.