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RSS Directories

There are a series of RSS directories worth submitting to:

RSS Network - Easily find topic specific RSS feeds by searching or navigating RSS Network's directory.

Topic Specific Directories

Finance Feeds - Easily find financial and investment RSS feeds, by searching or navigating our directory.

Security Feeds - Easily find security and protection RSS feeds, by searching or navigating the directory.

Other RSS Directories

RSS Controversy

I think the element that is missing in the RSS controversy is that the specification that is going to stick (or take hold) is the one that the developers support. As RSS becomes mainstream publishers are more commonly using tools to create RSS feeds, those tools will dictate, if not strongly influence what is the defacto standard.

Dave Winer's View of the New RSS Advisory Board

Looks like the struggle of the specification has started again:

Dave Winer's Impression of the New RSS Advisory Board - Anyone wishing to understand the status of the RSS 2.0 spec should just refer to the two bits linked to above.

1. The spec is owned by Harvard. 2. The RSS Advisory Board, when it existed, performed a support function. Later, in case anyone was still confused, we disclaimed: "It does not own RSS, or the spec, it has no more or less authority than any other group of people who wish to promote RSS."

So people and companies who think they were invited to be on some kind of standards body that owns the spec were sold a Brooklyn Bridge. Hope they didn't pay too much for it.

More on RSS 2.0 Specification

John Palfrey has a great post about the RSS Board and RSS 2.0.

We've heard from a number of people about an uneasy (and unfounded) sense that something is happening with respect to the RSS 2.0 spec.  Just by way of clarification, nothing has changed from the perspective of Harvard, which is the owner and trustee of the RSS 2.0 spec.  To review the bidding, a few years ago, Userland, a private company, entered into a contract with Harvard to transfer ownership of all intellectual property associated with the RSS 2.0 spec.  Harvard, in turn, offers the specification to anyone for their use, subject to a legally-binding Creative Commons license.  Anyone or any group may do anything it wants with the spec, but only subject to the terms of the license.  That is still the case.  Harvard has not transferred the ownership in any way to anyone, other than the original and continuing grant to the community via the Creative Commons license.

It is worth noting that John Palfrey is "with" the Harvard who currently control the RSS specification. I really dread that this will mean more splintering of the specification...

Valentines RSS Feed

Did you delay celebrating, get some romantic post valentine ideas! The romantic valentine articles are available via an RSS feed or on the valentine shop website.

Medal Counts via RSS Feeds

LightTheTorch has an RSS feed that tracks the Olympic medal count.

101 Uses for RSS

I've been working on something similar but take a look at the Business Blog Consulting for ideas on how RSS might be used.


FeedBurner has announced FeedFlare a developer API that will allow independent developers to integrate with FeedBurner. This is a great move and will definitely expand usage.

RSS Newsgroup Monitoring Using Google Groups

A great tip for those interested in monitoring Google Groups using RSS! Simply add /feed/msgs.xml to the end of the group and you will have access to an RSS feed that will update each time a message is posted to that specific Google Group.

Realtors Use RSS to Sell Homes

Daily more and more realtors are turning to RSS as a tool to market homes for sale. The growing RSS phenomenon in the realty market makes perfect sense. Unlike email RSS feeds have a 100% delivery rate. In addition the costs involved in creating and managing an RSS feed are insignificant when compared to the print advertising Realtors spend on each week. Imagine the amount spent each week to promote various properties in circulars and weekly newspapers, compared to the costs associated with updating and managing an RSS feed.

Realtors Employ RSS

RSS Board Responds

As a result of my blog post I recieved an email from Roger Cadenhead regarding the RSS Advisory Board.

I've updated the domain registration to reflect the fact that the
RSS Advisory Board owns, not me personally. I'm just the current board chair, who has the job of serving as webmaster:

The advisory board is not new. It's the same group that has
published the Really Simple Syndication specification since 2003.

What's new are the board members, a revamped web site and the proposal for a newly written specification to make RSS easier to implement.

As I stated in the initial post, no disrespect is intended. The members of the board are all respected members of the RSS Community. I just don't want to see two different bodies moving forward with the specification.

I'm not sure who "controls" the RSS 2.0 specification currently on the Harvard Law site, but the last thing we need is additional splintering of the RSS specification.

If the advisory board controls the Harvard Spec that is great. I just would hate to see the specification being developed in two different directions.

Epic Records Launches RSS

Epic Records Online announced the premiere of over 35 RSS feeds for its established and emerging artists, including Incubus, Fiona Apple, Tenacious D, and Natasha Bedingfield. The label says that it is one of the first among the majors to adopt RSS feeds for a wide array of its artists. Really Simple Syndication is an XML feed used to share news content throughout the web.

New RSS Board

A new "advisory board" has been named for the RSS 2.0 specification. Perhaps my confusion comes from ignorance, but I'm concerned what this means for the furthering of the specification. The initial draft version contains much needed clarifications, but there is a notable change in the "docs" field, referring users to the RSS Board website. The concern is that the RSS Board website is registered to an individual Roger Cadenhead of World Readable

All of the members of the current advisory board are reputable members of the RSS community (no disrespect intended) but the spec being held by a new entity or individual rather than the current Harvard Law gives me pause for concern.


A new service from FeedPile assembles RSS feeds into a single html web page. Compile a bunch of topic specific feeds into a single page like this one on RSS.

Pheedo Teams Up with PRWeb for RSS Ads

In order to provide ad content that is more specific to RSS feeds, blog/RSS advertising provider Pheedo, along with newswire service PRWeb, will be putting press release headlines and abstracts in Pheedo RSS ads. According to Pheedo, ads in RSS feeds perform better than website online ads, yielding a 7 times greater CTR.

News items will appear contextually, based on the raw content of a feed. The PRWeb content will be available in all Pheedo ad categories. Clicking on a press release link will take the customer directly to the release on PRWeb. “We… recognized PRWeb’s model of distributing press releases on behalf of their clients. You pay for placement or pay for placement for your PR release to get read, and we… brainstormed on this idea that ‘why can’t you distribute the content via RSS… why can’t we add updates and PR releases to information and drive traffic to those press releases’,” says Pheedo co-founder Bill Flitter.

The new ad format is live as we speak, and PRWeb press release links will appear on both RSS feed ads and normal Pheedo website ads.

Submit Your RSS Feeds

Be sure to check out this list of sites that allow you to submit your RSS feed. Building links to your feeds in directories will increase your exposure.

- RSS Specification Feed created by FeedForAll

RSS to html script to display RSS on a website.

Audio Recording Software
Record and edit audio files with software.

- Blog Feed

- Article Feed


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