Google killing Google Reader may be the best thing to have happened to the RSS ecosystem in a long time.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, I read a lot of feeds. By organizing them in categories, I can easily get an idea of what field is hot. For example, yesterday, upon looking at Bloglines, my RSS aggregator, I knew that something important was happening (or not, considering that it was April 1st) in the search space as the feeds I had classified as search-related seem to have more than the usual number of entry. I call this concept blog chatter. Over the past few weeks, with the 9/11 commission running its public interviews, the word chatter has come back to the forefront. Basically, it means that the noise is increasing. Thanks to the immediate or almost immediate updates given by RSS feeds, it is now possible to track what the blogosphere is talking about. Of course, this is hardly news to users of Technorati, Blogdex, Popdex, Daypop or similar services. However, one thing that is missing is a graphical representation if this chatter, similar to what Newsmap used to do. Newsfilter does an interesting job of creating instant layout based on news chatter in the Google News service but I’ve yet to see anything similar for the blog world. This is…Read More
A few weeks ago, Amy Gahran, of contentious.com, started a contest to find a new nickname for RSS. I submitted Elert as my entry. Today, I found that it’s one of the top entries in terms of votes but I need help getting it to the top. This is where you, gently readers, come in. Please vote for Elert! Here’s why I chose this particular name as my entry: First of all it is short. By comparison, people talk about the “web” instead of the “world wide web” so any nickname needs to just roll off the tongue. Second, it has to represent the concept: When I get a tip from an RSS feed, what am I getting? First, I’m getting a reminder that something new has been posted. In some cases, it’s a portion of an entry, in others, it’s the whole entry. In either case, I am alerted to the fact that new content has been posted. This alert comes electronically, hence the replacement of a single letter to form the new elert term. An elert is an electronic alert. Why no web mention? Well, I thought of that one for a while, as the term web has…Read More
Many people have written to me to point out that they still get duplicate entries in their user-agent table after using the GroupAgent trick I highlighted. To remove those, you need to use the HideAgent directive. Here is the list of HideAgent directives I have in my file: HideAgent rv:1.4 HideAgent 3.01 HideAgent 3.02 HideAgent 4.01 HideAgent 5.0 HideAgent 5.01 HideAgent 5.12 HideAgent 5.13 HideAgent 5.14 HideAgent 5.15 HideAgent 5.16 HideAgent 5.17 HideAgent 5.21 HideAgent 5.22 HideAgent 5.23 HideAgent 5.5 HideAgent 6.0 HideAgent 348NorthNews HideAgent Alcatel- HideAgent almaden.ibm.com/cs/crawler HideAgent AmphetaDesk HideAgent antibot HideAgent AppleWebKit HideAgent http://Ask.24x.Info/ HideAgent ASPseek HideAgent aspseek HideAgent augurfind HideAgent AvantGo HideAgent Awasu HideAgent Baiduspider HideAgent BarraHomeCrawler HideAgent BBot HideAgent BFS_method HideAgent Bilbo HideAgent Bison HideAgent Blazer HideAgent blo.gs HideAgent BlogBot HideAgent Blogdigger HideAgent Blogosphere HideAgent BlogPulse HideAgent BlogShares HideAgent Blogwise HideAgent boitho.com HideAgent [email protected] HideAgent [email protected] HideAgent BorderManager HideAgent brainoff.com/geoblog/ HideAgent www.business-socket.com HideAgent Camino HideAgent CE-Preload HideAgent Check and Get HideAgent china HideAgent China HideAgent CJNetworkQuality HideAgent cloakBrowser HideAgent combine HideAgent COMBINE HideAgent compatible) HideAgent CoolBot HideAgent CoologFeedSpider HideAgent CopyHunter HideAgent curl HideAgent DA HideAgent danux HideAgent Dattatec.com-Sitios-Top HideAgent daypopbot HideAgent DoCoMo HideAgent DTS HideAgent Ecosystem/development HideAgent EgotoBot HideAgent Elaine HideAgent EmailSiphon HideAgent Ericsson HideAgent ETS…Read More
Today’s release of Beta 2 of the Safari browser heralds the introduction of tabbed browsing in the much talked about browser. This is an interesting development which shows that sometimes, the influence of a particular browser goes beyond its existing market share. Safari’s tabbed browsing is a result of an implementation that first appeared in Opera, a browser used primarily by developers. Mimicking the Opera tabs, the Mozilla project introduced a browser which popularized the feature (the browser is Mozilla, and also serves as the core engine for the Netscape browser). When Safari was introduced, there was an outcry from the developers’ community over the browser’s lack of tabs. With this release, Apple shows that it is listening closely. All these developments are happening among browsers which have a combined market share equivalent to one fourth to one fifth of the one engine enjoyed by IE, the leader (in browser market share) offered by Microsoft. However, they point to an interesting scenario about how new features go from being enjoyed by a small but vocal minority to a wider audience. Tabbed browsing was one of the big innovations that Opera introduced in the marketplace but it wasn’t until Mozilla’s implementation…Read More