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PubSub Launches new features for online blog tracking

PubSub Concepts, Inc. announced that its "matching engine"—online for free at—is now tracking more than 6.5 million Weblogs, which the company said makes it "the Internet's most comprehensive blog-monitoring service."

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 Web browsers.

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 his services."

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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 and sectors.

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 Article

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.

RSS 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 and Mentions

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:" 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 site.

OPML Graphics

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., 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 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.

Do I Need a Feed?

Do 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 advantage.

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 the site.

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.
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New RSS Resource

We found a new RSS resource allRSS. The site describes itself as:, 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.

RSS 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 from:

The 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

New 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
- Classifieds
- 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 development.

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 You can download a free fully-functional 30-day trial from the same web address.

Feedster Hacks

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.

RSS 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.

Audio Recording Software
Record and edit audio files with software.

- Blog Feed

- Article Feed


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