Locking Users In the Smart Way

I was directed to this excellent piece, A Victim Treats His Mugger Right : NPR, via Facebook last night.  And it made me realise how publishers don’t make the most of that kind of referral. There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that nowadays we tend to get more and more of our reading from peer suggestions …

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Email Wins Over RSS?

I’ve been obsessively watching email subscription to my blog via Feedblitz and while we’re talking modest numbers here, it’s great to see people signing up. (It’s on the left hand side of the blog below my smarmy mugshot.) Much more personal somehow, than an RSS subscription. Which doubles the pain when someone unsubscribes. Was it …

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Staying Productive in Your Underwear

I’m researching a piece on how to cut back the amount of stuff you have to read, particularly RSS feeds. So I have spent the morning reading blogs related to the tools I’m writing about. In the process, of course, I find more than 20 new blogs that are interesting enough for me to add …

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Interview With The Guy Behind The Klips

In today’s Asian Wall Street Journal and in WSJ.com (subscription only, I’m afraid) I talk about widgets — sometimes called dashboards — as an alternative, or addition, to RSS. Here is the transcript of an email/IM interview I did with Allan Wille, president and CEO of Serence, the company behind Klips: The new Folio looks …

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A New Version Of Awasu, The Innovative RSS Reader

One of the more impressive RSS readers, Awasu, has a new release out —– 2.1 — with some interesting new features: archives feed content. search of your archived content. search agents that constantly monitor your feeds for content of interest. support for podcasting (enclosures) and native support for Atom feeds. Awasu is available in free, …

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RSSpam, And The End Of A Medium’s Innocence

Will spam kill off RSS? I’m a bit late spotting this, but I noticed today that Moreover’s RSS feeds contain a lot of ads. 2RSS.com noticed the same thing about a month ago. In fact there’s already been quite a discussion about the phenomenon, since not only Moreover does it. Indeed, there’s some talk that …

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Another, Fast And Light, RSS Reader

Here’s another free RSS reader. Rocket Technologies Inc., ‘a leading international provider of current news search and content delivery solutions’ today launched its web-based Rocketinfo RSS Reader. The web-based bit means that folk on company networks who aren’t allowed to download software could use it. Actually I’m impressed. The reader runs on most browsers and …

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A New Way To Gather News

An excellent way to collect news, particularly if you’re U.S.-based. The new Topix.net doesn’t look that great, but it’s simple and easy to configure. Most importantly, you can grab topics as XML feeds, straight into your RSS reader (or to your Yahoo homepage if you prefer). If you live in a U.S. town, you can …

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The Commercialization of RSS

The future of newsfeeds: Trackable RSS. The biggest drawback to the commercial exploitation of RSS feeds — items from blogs and other websites, parceled up and delivered to users who request them — is that there’s no easy way for the producers of the RSS material to know very much about what their customers are …

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A Way Forward For RSS?

Here’s an interesting twist to RSS (Real Simple Syndication, a way to channel material into feeds) that shows the format could have a life beyond blogs. iUpload, “a net-native content management solution provider”, has just introduced a free service that allows companies to avoid the legal pitfalls and technology filters of the spam world to …

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