This week: AP's RSS feeds, Enterprise RSS developments (Newsgator, Nooked), professional bloggers (Kottke, Darren Rowse), Odeo (podcasting), Ajax. p.s. headers in honour of the Oscars.
Best Use of RSS Feeds by a News Collective
And the winner is: Associated Press! ...um, or Reuters. Because they both have RSS feeds. Hmm, seems the Oscars theme for this post has already broken down. Anyway, AP joined the RSS revolution this week and so now the two brandname news collectives have them. Susan Mernit broke the news and has the main details. Jeff Jarvis wonders how the RSS brand-building moves by AP and Reuters will affect their customers. Moonwatcher has an interesting take on that too: "Media brands are finding their content atomized, their brands diluted, and their content wholesalers going retail."
PaidContent.org has some quotes from an AP honcho, who says "it's really a strategy to drive traffic to member news sites as well as to AP news."
Ultimately, I think it's a strategy to raise the profile and impact of AP's brand. I'm following all this closely, because I'm intensely curious to see how Tom Curley's (President and CEO of AP) "content will be more important than its container" theories will be put into practice.
Best Enterprise RSS Development (of the past week)
Again the Oscars analogy breaks down, because there is more going on in the Enterprise space than the two companies I'm about to mention. But humour me... Firstly, Newsgator is an RSS Aggregator that I've not written enough about (compared to Bloglines especially). But they're doing some very interesting things in the Enterprise space. Greg Reinacker recently announced the NewsGator platform roadmap. He said: "Our general plan here is to expose nearly everything in NewsGator Online via API, and allow folks to build applications that leverage our platform in unique ways." Also Charlie Wood (aka Moonwatcher, one of my current fave blogs) has joined Newsgator as its VP, Enterprise Solutions. Charlie was hired due to his blog, something I'm still waiting (im)patiently to happen to me! :-)
Another company doing good things in the Enterprise is Nooked. They specifically target corporate comms people - their main bullet point is to "Use RSS to deliver real-time marketing information directly to journalist and clients". Nooked recently launched a directory of corporate RSS feeds, a manually-edited Yahoo-style directory. NB: Fergus Burns, the Nooked CEO, did email me with that news. But I've had my eye on Nooked for a while now, so I'm not mentioning them just because he emailed me. Although he did say he's a fan of my blog, so that always helps ;-)
Best Professional Blogger
This was a high-profile meme this week, thanks mainly to Jason Kottke announcing that he will be running kottke.org as a full-time job from now on. He's calling it a "micropatron" business model, because he's asking his many readers to chip in with micropayments. He's eschewing advertising entirely, which is a brave move but one which probably only he and a few others could pull off. Already he's gotten a lot of attention and loads of people have blogged that they've given him money. So it seems to be working.
Also a blogger from across the ditch from me, Darren Rowse from Australia, caused a lot of people to get green with envy when he revealed he's earning six figues (US money!) via his blogging activities. The small print? He has 17 blogs and posts around 25 posts per day 7 days per week. Also it's worth noting how he came up with the six figure figure: "the figure is calculated on a number of income sources including private advertising deals, affiliate programs, impression based ad programs, Adsense, BlogAds, text ads and blog consulting revenues etc."
So it includes "consulting". It also seems to be the result of a lot of daily sweat for Darren to make that kind of money - i.e. grind, work. It's not from blogging about The Dukes of Hazard, that's for sure.
Best Media Coverage Of A Podcasting Service
Hands down this award goes to Evan Williams' (of Blogger fame) Odeo, which got enviable coverage from The NY Times. It upset Dave Winer in particular, who thinks he's not being given enough credit for helping to invent podcasting. I think he's got a point, but I would be remiss if I didn't in turn point out Lucas Gonze's efforts in another 'credit where credit is due' campaign re podcasting.
Best New Web App Approach That Isn't Really New