RSS Blog & RSS News
|Getting a Handle on RSS Namespaces and Extensions
RSS is extendable, which allows users to extend
the functionality of the basic specification, essentially
allowing users to increase the kinds of information contained
in the feed. Many users do not really understand how RSS can
be extended, this RSS Namespace Primer goes a long way in explaining
the basics of RSS extensions.
RSS Namespaces and Extensions
|RSS Does Not Equal Blogs
RSS Does Not Equal Blogs
Many assume that RSS is only for syndicating the contents
of blogs, nothing could be further from the truth. Blogs and
online journals have rocketed to popularity in the last few
years, and many bloggers use RSS as a means to distribute
and syndicate their blog posts. Subscribers receive information
each time the blog is updated. However this is NOT the only
use for RSS. RSS can deliver any kind of content, including
forum posts, discount coupons, newsletters or press releases.
Blogs are just one type of information syndicated by RSS feeds.
Blogs may be syndicated using RSS, but do not assume that
content found in an RSS feed is from a blog.
RSS Does Not Equal Blogs
Life as an RSS Junkie
My name is Kirk Biglione and I have a problem.
I’m addicted to RSS.
Like most addictions my problem started as innocent experimentation.
I began dabbling in RSS years ago when it was still a relatively
new technology. I told myself that it was a better way to
keep up with the news. I rationalized that I’d save hours
every day by using RSS to take a more focused approach to
online reading and research. A few minutes with my feed reader
was supposed to be like an hour or more of surfing the hundreds
of the websites that I try to keep up with on a regular basis.
|Corporate Blog Payoff
General Motors' auto business hasn't been great
of late, but its blogging strategy is paying off handsomely.
In 2006, the company's FastLane blog delivered an estimated
$410,470 worth of customer insight and marketing at an approximate
cost of $255,675 -- a return on investment of 67% -- according
to a newly released report from Forrester Research.
|NEW Educational RSS Feed Directory
This is a new educational feeds directory. Publishers with
educational feeds or instructional podcasts can submit their feeds to be included. Simply
enter the URL of the RSS feed and select the most appropriate
category for the feed or podcast.
|Syndicate IQ Shuts Down
Syndicate IQ has ceased operations according to
a notice on its homepage.Syndicate IQ was a company that provided
feed management, statistics and advertisements. Syndicate
IQ competed with Pheedo and to some extent FeedBurner.
|Tips on Finding Ideas for Blog Posts
Not surprisingly, ideas for blog posts or RSS
feed items originate or are influenced by other web content.
The following are venues for finding your online muse:
Tips for Blog Posts
|New RSS Feed Software
FeedForAll has released a new version of their
RSS feed creation, editing and publishing software. The new
version includes the following features:
What is New:
iTunes Support - Integrated support for the
latest iTunes specification.
Namespace Support - Full namespace support for
iTunes, content, dublin core and syndication extensions. Generic
support for all additional extensions Support for custom user
defined extensions (namespaces).
Language Support - Full unicode support, allows
any languages character set to be used in the RSS feeds. Also
UTF-8 support in feeds for all character sets. In program
settable font support.
Validation - Automatically validates feeds on
open, download, save, and upload. Validation logs show errors,
warnings and automatic repairs. Option to run validation check
Improved WYSWIG Editor - All fields that allow
HTML code can now be used with the WYSWIG HTML editor. Built
in live spell checking. Full support for HTML links. Full
support for HTML images, including image links.
Publishing - Support for multiple destination
FTP servers. Automatic image upload option. Automatic enclosure
upload option. Option to limit the number of items uploaded.
Option to upload only current items (no future pubdates).
Feed Creation Wizard - Walks users through the
creation of a standard RSS feed, podcast or iTunes podcast.
Easiest way to start a new RSS feed. Automatically leads into
feed creation wizard.
Item Creation Wizard - Walks users through the
creation of new feed items. Automatically prompts users with
fields for the type of feed being added (i.e. podcast). Can
create multiple new items in a single session.
Preview - Allows feed to be viewed in a format
typical for subscribers. Multiple template support for different
viewing formats. Preview now includes printer support.
Stylesheets - Supports both XSL and CSS
An evaluation download is available: FeedForAll
Uses for RSS Feeds
While I disagree that any of these are new RSS
uses it really does provide a good summary of what can be done with RSS.
The following list is a collection of 25 alternative uses
for RSS. We hope you’ll find some of them useful.
Track Specific News Headlines.
Find Shopping Deals.
Create a Calendar Feed.
TV Listings Via RSS.
Keep Up With Specific Emails
Get Some General Knowledge On A Regular Basis.
Follow Your Favorite Comics.
Sports Team RSS Feeds. (note: use sports feeds to find your team feeds)
Deliver Your Contacts Via RSS.
Get Notified On Travel Deals.
Track Job Openings.
Log Referring Links To Your Site.
Be A Knowledgable Citizen.
Get Your City's Latest Traffic.
Track Movie Openings & Reviews.
Keep Tabs On Medical Information. (note: use medical feeds
to find medical feeds)
Stay On Top Of Virus & Security Threats. (note:
use security protection to find security feeds)
Download TV Shows.
Bring Humor Into Your Life.
Pull In Those Video Snippets.
Sticky Notes + RSS.
Summary of RSS Uses
|NewsGator Partners with Motorola
Motorola has signed an agreement with NewsGator
Technologies to mobilize RSS content for enterprises.
According to the agreement, Motorola will extend NewsGator-aggregated
RSS content from behind the firewall to mobile users on a
broad range of devices, including the Motorola Q, Samsung
BlackJack, the Palm Treo family and many other standards-based
|AOL RSS Feed Directory
It appears AOL has added a feed directory. It
is not clear how to add feeds, but its clear they too acknowledge
the RSS trend.
AOL RSS Feed Directory
|Reflecting on 2006 and Predicting for 2007
For the most part in 2006, the world escaped Natures
wrath, but people were far less kind to their neighbors. 2006
is scarred not by the winds and oceans but by political turmoil
across the globe. The Middle East quagmire is the epitome
of how wrong things can go, with the war in Lebanon, infighting
in Palestine, Iran's nuclear ambitions, and Iraq's sectarian
violence the deepest scars of 2006 were self inflicted with
man being his own enemy. Of course, the Middle East is not
alone with it's own self-destruction. Genocide in Chad and
Sudan show how truly intolerant the human race really is.
North Korea's impatience and nuclear activity have disrupted
Asia. In fact, few areas of the world were left unscathed
by man's ambitions in 2006.
Again technology has brought the tragedies of war and the
personal stories of families from the farthest corners of
the earth, to the door steps of the west. Citizen journalism
and Internet propagation has added a complex layer to the
stories. The growth of YouTube, Blogs, Podcasting and RSS
have personalized the media and given listeners and watchers
a personal connection to the reports.
2006 Reflections, 2007 Predictions
|What is Hot and What is Not in Technology
Top 10 Winners Predicted for 2007
1. Content Filtering
With web content and syndication growing at a rapid pace locating
information is becoming more of a struggle for web surfers.
The abundance of content has made filtering critical to time
management. As a result, content filtering and solutions that
help with content filtering will be winners in 2007.
2. Pesonalized Search and Vertical Search will be a
winner in 2007
Search 2.0 will be all about filtering and personalized search.
Niche portals with targeted focus will play in vertical search
and authority sites will gain even more traction.
3. Social Bookmarking and Social Networks
Social bookmarking is the new black. The collective voice
has not only gained momentum but it has also attracted the
most savvy web marketers. While there is still power of the
collective voice, social networks and social bookmarking has
gained attention, the masters behind these networks will need
to stay a step ahead of the spammers to stay in the game.
The danger is that the crowd, will become upset that a small
group is profiting from the collective voice. The "crowd"
will likely to manipulate the collective voice in 2007.
RSS is about choice and users choosing the content they wish
to subscribe. RSS' adoption will reach significant numbers
and even the naysayers will be unable to ignore its success
5. iPod / iPhone / Video iPod / iTunes
Apple has found a sweet spot with its iPod and the iTunes
model. Expanding the types of content consumed and the use
of iPods and similar devices (ie. iPhone) will flourish.
6. Cyber Security
Privacy as we once knew it will never again exist. That does
not mean that webmasters should be come complacent about security.
Cyber security will be a necessity in 2007.
7. Going Green
Alternative energy and going green is in. Geothermal and hydroelectric
power are hot, heck there is little in this field that is
not heating up. Clean energy and alternative hybrid sources
will prosper in 2007.
8. PodSafe Music
Independent musicians who are willing to grant podcasters
licensing rights will garner the interest and attention of
the masses without having to go through a major record label.
Opportunities will be plentiful in the area of podsafe music.
9. Videocasting - Video Podcasting
Software tools and technology have made videos accessible
to all. Independent artists, realtors, and sports enthusiasts
are flocking to this new medium. It is expected that this
growth will continue throughout the new year.
10. Online Real Estate
While the real estate market is cooling down selling homes
on the Internet is hot. Online Real Estate auctions on eBay
showed Realtors a new way to reach a larger audience. Home
buyers from across the country can use RSS and/or filtering
to monitor properties as they come on the market from specific
regions or zip codes.
More on What is Hot and What is Not in Technology
|Bloggers Get Free Laptops
The blogosphere is buzzing. Some would say this
is good business sense others would say its akin to bribery.
Laptops that Microsoft sent free to authors of popular
weblogs had the 'blogosphere' abuzz with controversy regarding
the propriety of the gifts.
In recent weeks Microsoft and chip-maker Advanced Micro
Devices have sent Acer Ferrari laptop computers to a total
of 90 bloggers so they could put the new Vista operating system
through its paces, according to the US software giant.
What are your thoughts?
Here's what the web says:
Gift Laptops Ignite Blogosphere Controversy
Says No Favorable Coverage Expected
Microsoft's Laptop Giveaway Rubs Some the Wrong
|Webmaster Resolutions for 2007
New Years Resolutions
Each and every year people around the world mark the first
day of the New Year with resolutions. They resolve to do a
wide variety of things, and while few resolutions are actually
kept, the tradition is a hallmark of the holiday each year.
Experts suggest that people should make lifestyle changes
rather than resolutions. I am a bit more pragmatic. Tackle
a task you know that you can succeed at. Do not bite off more
than you can chew, and you will be one of the few who manages
to keep their resolutions. Here are a few suggested resolutions
for webmasters and small business owners:
1. Prune Those RSS Feeds
Large feeds are slow to load, its time to prune those RSS
feeds and remove the old contents. Dated feed items can be
archived as an HTML web page, but should be removed from the
actual feed, to ensure that it loads quickly.
2. Update Copyright Notices
Make an effort to update the copyright notice on your website.
A current date will reassure customers that your online storefront
3. Update Meta Tags
Each and every web page on a website should contain a unique
title and description. Update and optimize meta tags to avoid
excessive use of keywords. Meta tags should be accurate and
concise without redundancy and recurring words.
4. House Cleaning
Update old links and remove any links that are no longer valid.
HTML is a markup language and without constant maintenance
it is easy to have a page with an unclosed tag. While some
web browsers make allowances for poorly formed HTML, it is
important to realize that not all do. Therefore, it is crucial
that you take a look at the HTML behind the web page and make
sure that it is properly formed.
5. Try Something New
Pick a technology, be it podcasting, RSS, or social bookmarking.
Resolve to try or resolve to learn something new. Businesses
stagnate without innovation. Be creative and willing to experiment
Webmaster Resolutions for 2007
Learn about the latest RSS Tools, Scripts
and Software. The RSS Tools website contains a myriad
of tools to manage and manipulate rss feeds and news feeds.
|Measure Your Blog Juice
A new online tool a "Blog Juice Calculator" determines
a blogs popularity. The Blog Juice Calculator compares the
blogs number of BlogLines subscribers, the websites Alexa
Ranking, Technorati rank and the number of general
links. The Blog Juice Calculator is a free service from
- RSS Specification Feed created by FeedForAll
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Record and edit audio files with software.
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