RSS Blog & RSS News
|PubSub Launches new features for online blog
PubSub Concepts, Inc. announced that its "matching
engine"—online for free at http://www.pubsub.com/—is
now tracking more than 6.5 million Weblogs, which the company
said makes it "the Internet's most comprehensive blog-monitoring
Every day, PubSub's matching engine performs billions of matches
of new items against user subscriptions. The instant a match
is made, PubSub alerts the user via RSS (really simple syndication)
or through the instant messaging (IM)-based PubSub Sidebar,
now available as a plug-in for the Firefox and Internet Explorer
PubSub monitors more than 6.5 million blogs, as well as 50,000
USENET newsgroups, all SEC/EDGAR filings, press releases from
major wire services, and FAA airport delay alerts.
|Blogger Selling Self on Ebay
"Blogging gives your customers a real view into
your company in ways that newsletters and seminars simply
aren't able to do." says Jeremy Wright, who writes the popular
Ensight business and technical blog, which is read by more
than 60,000 readers a month, and is up for auction on the
internet auction site eBay as a professional blogger for.
Mr. Wright confesses on his own blog that what he is doing
is nothing more than a stunt to raise the profile of blogging.
Plus, being a writer as well as a consultant in a past life,
he knows that he can help companies figure out if blogging
is the right space for them to be looking at.
The winner of the auction will be able to have Jeremy Wright
work for them for three months. He will produce between 5-10
posts a week. In addition, Mr. Wright would work with the
winning bidder to see what potential there is for blogging
for them and their company - in effect acting as a blogging
consultant for the period.
According to The Blog Herald,"We'd naturally be skeptical
of such an endeavor but Jeremy is a top blogger with a strong
background in writing, although the current bidding price
at the time of writing of $112.73 USD greatly undervalues
|Trends in Blogging
An interesting look at blog trends. A new blogging
search engine has emerged BlogPulse . In addition
to allowing for web surfers to search blogs BlogPulse has
tracked trends that have emerged in the various industries
BlogPulse Trends is the one-click answer to the simple question:
"What's the buzz?" BlogPulse Trends identifies the topics
and subjects that people are talking about in their blogs.
Is it the latest political scandal? International struggle?
A TV show? A new electronics gadget or computer operating
system? A particular movie star or sports celebrity? A famous
court case or a bizarre news story of the day? A trend graph
displays the buzz generated by any given topic or the comparison
of buzz across a set of topics.
|Amazing Blogging Growth
Blogging is growing at a phenomenal rate with
a new blog being registered every 7.8 seconds.
Blogs are being established by a wide range of people from
individuals who simply want to express their thoughts through
to corporate communication executives who want to influence
their market place. Blogs enable information to be disseminated
almost instantaneously. They are easy to set up, easy to use
and they are easy on your audience. Complete
|Pheedo RSS/Atom Ad Server
Pheedo RSS/Atom Ad Server - Feed and blog ad firm
Pheedo has launched an ad management tool that will let publishers
insert paid ads into their RSS or Atom content feeds, and
track the resulting activity.
Kanoodle, which has been a pioneer in RSS ads, will provide
syndicated ads, but publishers may also sell ads directly.
This site is meant for online conversions of RSS
feeds into WML for access on WAP devices (RSS2WML, RSS WAP
or RSS-to-WAP). It's free and you can make a link on your
web site. Do you have WAP enabled mobile phone? Why not use
it to read news or weblogs online? There are not many sites
which offer WML pages but you'll be surprised how many sites
offer RSS feeds.
XML Button Maker
If you wish to customize your RSS buttons
and are crunched for taking or lacking in artistic abilities
take a look at Bill Zeller's free button
maker. The buttons color and text can be customized to
suit the look and feel of your website.
|Dynamic Content that Appears Static - Search
Engines Will Love You!
There is nothing search engines like more than
static content that changes on a regular basis. Yesterday
we implemented a php script to dynamically pull content from
our RSS feed. The best thing is that search engines "see"
the actual content of the feed as a part of the web page.
Meaning the contents of the RSS feed will be spidered which
should help search engine ranking.
The script was surprisingly easy to use and will be available
for free use in a few days on the FeedForAll website. Simply
email them if you want to be notified when the
script is available.
|Personalized RSS Alerts to Monitor Linking
This is very cool! BigPow is an RSS search. You
can create feeds based on branded keywords or on your url
to determine who is linking to you. Very cool!
Ego searches...create a persistent search on
your own name, or company, or product. You'll get any new
results delivered direct to your news aggregator.
Track incoming links...create a search on Google
where the key word is "link:http://www.yoursite.com" The results
returned will show you who is linking to you.
Enter the url that is generated into your RSS aggregator.
|Experiment in News Aggregation
A web is attempting an interesting experiment
in news aggregation using RSS feeds.
The site, 10x10, parses Reuters, the BBC and the New York
Times so far, and performs what the author describes as an
elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text.
It then makes automatic conclusions based on the hour's important
words and are linked with appropriate pictures from the web
We have added graphics to the RSS graphics collection,
that webmasters can use to denote OPML
graphics. OPML files contain collections of RSS
feeds, adding the graphic to websites will let visitors know
that multiple feeds are available.
|Feedster Development Contest
Feedster has launched its developer network and
contest for best new applications and uses for its technology.
"To show our appreciation for the efforts developers put forth
to conceive new and innovative uses for Feedster's Search
applications, we created a contest with a meaningful reward,"
said Scott Johnson, VP Engineering. "I am often amazed by
the ideas that are conceived as extensions or new applications
to our technology. I hope this contest will provide added
incentive for new ideas."
iPods will be awarded to the winners for the best use of Feedster
in the following categories: standalone RSS aggregator, Web
application, invoking a specific category (i.e. jobs.feedster.com),
tutorial for RSS newbies, advanced search documentation, Safari
extension, Firefox extension, Thunderbird extension, with
a publishing engine like TypePad or WordPress. iPods will
also be given for winners of the oddest use of Feedster and
a wildcard for the overall favorite application.
Looks like a new site newsfeed.net
is indexing RSS feeds and using the Google web-search feature
to provide search functionality of the feeds. The structure
looks as if it is a directory structure.
The site appears to be using scraping and there doesn't appear
to be a method of how to submit sites, nor is it clear who
is behind the site.
I Need a Feed?
I Need an RSS Feed?
RSS has been around for more than 10 years but has only recently
become popular. RSS provides headlines and summaries of information
in a concise and standardized way.
Benefits for Publishers
1.) Avoid Spam Filters
Statisticians estimate that 70% of the email transferred
each day is spam (unsolicited email). With that statistic,
even opt-in users risk losing valuable messages in the cesspool
of spam. RSS feeds effectively nullify spam as an issue. Requesting
feeds allow users to maintain complete control over the content
they view. Users can easily opt-in and out of feeds that provide
content of interest or importance.
2.) Expanded Reach
RSS allows publishers to reach a number of new and
different markets that typically are less crowded with competition.
Many small businesses are often slow to adopt or learn new
technologies, giving businesses that lead the way a competitive
3.) Content Syndication
Syndication of feeds increases exposure.
4.) Repeat Visitors
RSS is all about repeat visitors. Users who have previously
visited a site often have a stronger connection to the site
and are more likely to purchase or trust the information on
5.) Free Web Traffic
As the internet has evolved, many webmasters have found that
what was once free traffic must now be paid for in order to
sustain decent visitor statistics. RSS is in a unique position
to bring free traffic because they are content-driven, and
if they include interesting or valuable information, will
pique the curiosity of web-surfers and entice them to visit
a particular site.
6.) Less Effort
Newsletters and E-zines undeniably bring visitors, but the
effort involved in creating, distributing and maintaining
a newsletter can be a burden. Maintaining the list, ensuring
the list is clean, growing the subscriber base, updating and
removing bad e-mail addresses, all take time. RSS feeds are
not burdened with those issues. There are easy-to-use RSS
feed creation tools that require little effort, allowing publishers
to recycle content, often simply cutting and pasting into
RSS feed creation software.
We found a new RSS resource allRSS. The site describes
itself as: allRSS.com, designed to link you to information
about RSS readers, resources, tools, etc...
The site contains information related to the history of RSS,
RSS readers, and related RSS resources.
Power Point Tutorial
NotePage has created a User Group Power Point
Presentation that explains RSS and how it can be used.
RSS is becoming increasingly popular and is a hot topic and
the tutorial power point explains RSS in simple terms.
The power point is free to use and provides an explanation
of RSS in simple terms. Download the presentation
Evolution of Enclosures
The RSS (define) syndication format has spread
like wildfire through the Internet, permeating most news sites
and virtually all blogs.
Now there's a new aspect of RSS ready to enjoy the same popularity.
Called RSS enclosures, they're the next step in the RSS revolution
and hold great potential. One of the uses of enclosures is
"podcasting," a name that is derived from Apple's iPod, though
the technology can be utilized on any MP3-capable device.
The RSS enclosure feature allows for the syndicated XML (define)
feed to not just serve text content, but also to package an
enclosure (call it an attachment of some sort), as well. In
the podcasting model, the RSS enclosure contains an audio
file, which subscribers can listen to on their devices.
|Blogger Gets Secret Service Visit
Blogger Gets Secret Service Visit 11.05.04
A writer on popular blog-site LiveJournal has posted of
her nightmare ordeal with the US Secret Service, an event
spurred by a posting she made to her blog criticising George
Bush prior to the Presidential Election earlier this week.
Whilst the offending post has been removed - to spare other
users further Federal interference, according to author 'anniesj'
- you can see her account of events in full, which has been
left as a word to the wise. Secret Service came a-knockin'
on Annie at 9:45 PM, but arrived quickly at the conclusion
that she wasn't a threat to National Security, more a chick
living at home with her mum.
Nonetheless, they made sure she got a file at the FBI including
her photo, email, and medical records. I guess those boys
really like to give the full service. Full Article
RSS Related Forum
I stumbled across a new RSS related forum the
other day. It is called "ILOVERSS" ;-) The forum has 7 categories:
- RSS Lounge
- RSS Programming
- RSS Readers & Aggregators
- Favorite Feeds
- Blogs & Weblogs
- Industry News
|FeedForAll, an RSS Feed Creation Tool, Makes
Content Syndication Easy for Everyone
FeedForAll, a software
tool designed to create, edit and publish RSS feeds, has been
released by NotePage, Inc. Now, with FeedForAll, webmasters
have the ability to create new RSS feeds from scratch, or
modify and enhance existing RSS feeds.
RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication, an XML format
for distributing news headlines on the Web. RSS has evolved
into a popular means to syndicate headlines and share content
on the Internet.
FeedForAll makes RSS feed creation easy. The FeedForAll
wizard walks new users through the RSS feed setup process,
delivering ease of use and conformance to specifications.
FeedForAll automatically repairs improperly formatted feeds,
guaranteeing that all feeds used with FeedForAll, conform
to the RSS specification. FeedForAll can be used to create
and maintain an unlimited number of RSS feeds, enabling users
to flawlessly maintain and distribute multiple content streams.
Integrated tools like live spell checking, WYSIWYG HTML editing,
and image manipulation combine to deliver a powerful tool
for webmasters. Advanced features empower web developers with
automated feed creation and scheduling capabilities.
In today's business environment, increased communication is
not a luxury, it is a priority. NotePage recognizes the need
for reliable streams of communication, and has added a number
of features into FeedForAll to assist webmasters with content
FeedForAll version 1.0 requires Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000 or
XP running on a Pentium-class computer. FeedForAll costs $39.95,
and may be purchased securely online at http://www.feedforall.com.
You can download a free fully-functional 30-day trial from
the same web address.
Feedster Hacks collects useful, fun, and
even oddball hacks that have been created to make their Feedster
experience more worthwhile. A hack can include a bookmarklet,
an advanced search mechanism, or even a useful way of using
Feedster to fit RSS/weblog searching needs.
Power Point for User Groups
RSS is a topic of interest for user groups.
Their is a power point for user groups (or others) that explains
the RSS, it provides an overview of the benefits, how to create
a feed, and how to subscribe to feeds. Check out or download
the RSS Power Point
for your user group.
- RSS Specification Feed created by FeedForAll
RSS to html script to display RSS on a website.
Record and edit audio files with software.
- Blog Feed
- Article Feed