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AOL the sleeping giant of RSS?

AOL the sleeping giant of RSS?

Jupitermedia analyst David Card thinks AOL is preparing for a big fattie splash into the RSS pool. He says:

1. The new version of MyAOL is “essentially an RSS reader”, albeit not as slick as how Apple does RSS in its Safari browser.

2. “AOL has a deal with Feedster to provide 7 million user-selectable feeds.” (what a coup for Feedster!)

3…

Google website ranking patent – but does it account for RSS and APIs?

Google website ranking patent – but does it account for RSS and APIs?

On 31 March 2005 a Google US patent was made public that reveals interesting data on how they rank your website. Patent number 20050071741 was actually filed on 30 September 2003, but it was only made public at the end of March. Darren Yates did some analysis on it – some of his observations (mixed with my own):

– How long the domain name has been…

Yes, I will go to the Web 2.0 Conference

Yes, I will go to the Web 2.0 Conference

Ok, this morning’s post was silly. Now here’s a serious one. I will go to San Francisco this October, for two reasons. Firstly to attend the Web 2.0 Conference (why should I miss out on all the fun!). Secondly to get a job in America, so my family and I can live there.

I’d made up my mind before I read Steve Jobs’ Commencement address to Stanford…

Spread this meme: I am the Father of Web 2.0

Spread this meme: I am the Father of Web 2.0

Now that Web 2.0 is all the rage and whole websites are being devoted to it, I feel it’s time to get my due as being the first blogger in this space. Therefore from now on, I’d like you all to refer to me as the “Father of Web 2.0” whenever you link to me.

Now, I realise that I am not actually the father of Web 2.0 – it was probably Tim…

There’s a world outside San Francisco

There’s a world outside San Francisco

This post by Matt Webb is worth pondering for those of us who are far away from all the Web 2.0 action. Matt wrote that “The Web is San Francisco circa 2001, writ large.” He explained:

“The Web’s been coasting since 2001. It consists of that which started in SF and happened to adapt to the larger ecosystem, and that’s it. But since 2001, there…

Web 2.0 Conference 2005

Web 2.0 Conference 2005

John Battelle’s posted details of the second Web 2.0 Conference, to be held in San Francisco on October 5-7. This is something I’d really really love to attend, but it’s looking like the travel costs are going to be prohibitive – for a po’ kiwi looking to become self-employed this year. Sometimes I really really hate living in New Zealand – no…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 6-12 June 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 6-12 June 2005

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This week: 9-to-5 Web 2.0, Google Maps is where it’s at, Caught between two
worlds, Web 2.0 spreading its wings, New apps on the block.

Web 2.0 in the 9-5 World

I found a couple of posts this week about using Web 2.0 technologies in the workplace
– a worthy topic.

In the first, Peter
Yared pointed out a disconnect between Web…

Bloglines switches strategy – reasserts blog cred

Bloglines switches strategy – reasserts blog cred

Bloglines latest press release left me a bit puzzled at first. In the press release Bloglines congratulates itself on having reached half a billion blog and news feed articles in their database, concluding that it makes them “the strongest blog resource on the Internet.”

Fair enough, but I wonder why have they are suddenly re-focusing on blogs…

Copyright and Web Content – Practical Solutions

Copyright and Web Content – Practical Solutions

My posts about RSS Ripoff Merchants stirred up a lot of controversy and, somewhat surprisingly, it seems I’ve come out of it as The Bad Guy. I kind of feel like Lars Ulrich of Metellica in the Napster case – defender of artists rights 🙂

Anyhow, I wanted my posts to specifically address the issue of software like SuperFeedSystem – which…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 30 May – 5 June 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 30 May – 5 June 2005

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This week: RSS Ripoff Merchants summary, Web 2.0 for teachers, Open Source
Radio talks about Web 2.0, EPIC II, search engines with RSS output.

RSS Ripoff Merchants summary

Well my follow-up post about
RSS Ripoff Merchants certainly struck a few raw nerves, including for me. It
attracted 55 comments, before I was forced to close…

Microsoft’s Start.com – new version released

Microsoft’s Start.com – new version released

The latest version of Microsoft’s Web-based RSS Aggregator, Start.com, has just been released. Microsoft first released a prototype in early March 2005 – my coverage here. Start.com is like a mix between MyYahoo and the new Google Personalized Homepage. It enables users to subscribe to RSS feeds and it is closely integrated with search. Here are…

RSS Ripoff Merchants

RSS Ripoff Merchants

NB: This is a re-posting, slightly edited.
What would you do if someone was ripping your RSS feed off – that is, copying every single post into their website? And what would you think if some software companies actively encouraged this activity? I call these people RSS Ripoff Merchants. (a sidenote: I’m absolutely not talking about fellow…

How To Roll Out An Open API

How To Roll Out An Open API

Excellent techie tips from O’Reilly Radar: “A longer-term solution is to build your business model into the API. In my mind the most successful APIs for the company providing the APIs are those from Amazon and eBay.”

Web 2.0 for Teachers

Web 2.0 for Teachers

Always good to read how non techies are using Web 2.0: Teachers need to give Web 2.0 tools “to students and to members of our community, to stop speaking only to other teachers, to stop behaving as an expert class, and to find a way to have a stake in the interests and knowledge of the community.”

Amazon gearing up to be book publisher?

Amazon gearing up to be book publisher?

kuro5hin.org: “By acquiring a Print-on-Demand (POD) company and an ebook software company, Amazon.com is retooling itself to offer a complete publishing solution to authors disenchanted with the current state of publishing.”

Chandler Progress

Chandler Progress

Mitch Kapor demos Chandler at the D Conference

Chandler is an Open Source PIM (Personal Information Mgmt) app. I’ve been following its progress for at least 3 years now. Progress has been slow, but Mitch Kapor showed off calendaring and some Web 2.0 plug-ins (utilising Amazon and Flickr API’s) at D.

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 23-29 May 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 23-29 May 2005

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This week: the future of Web sites in a world of RSS, highlights from ION RSS,
new Web 2.0 developments, Techie post of the week.

Future of Web sites

Matt McAlister, VP & General Manager, Online for InfoWorld, wrote this week that RSS is
disintermediating InfoWorld’s Web site. In other words, RSS is eliminating…

Google Search in Books goes live – And Amazon has it too

Google Search in Books goes live – And Amazon has it too

Google
has just released its beta book search product Google
Print (hat tip Diablo).
The new service lets people search within the text of a book. Interestingly, I note that
Amazon has a search
inside this book feature too (how long has that been live? first time I’ve seen it).
Both Google and Amazon searches are limited by copyright. In Google’s…