Archive for the 'RSS' Category

Email blunders, strike one for RSS

Monday, February 28th, 2005

There’s a report on this morning about details of 6,500 Floridan HIV patients being emailed by mistake to 800 medical staff:
The list was accidentally attached to an email by a Palm Beach County Health Department statistician and sent to hundreds of health workers who weren’t normally granted access to it, according to a report […]

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The coolest thing we’ve done so far with a blog, a webfeed and an iPod Shuffle

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

Ok, we’re quite very pleased with this - we think it’s a cool use of blogs, webfeeds, podcasting and an iPod Shuffle in a real live business scenario. We’d be interested to know what people think - comments welcome.
The scenario:
Our client is the classic Type-A personality, time-poor, stressed executive with too much to […]

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Blair the Technophobe

Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

Richard Allan is a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament, and has a (deserved) reputation as one of the few UK politicians who a) cares about or b) knows anything about technology. He’s also a fully paid-up member of the awkward squad when it comes to chasing answers to questions about how government is […]

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The Pull Model

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

This is an interesting description of how webfeeds differ from email (and if we had a pound for every time we’ve had this question from clients!) from Ross Mayfield:

The Pull Model of attention management puts the user back in control of what consumes their time. Email notifications at the interval of their choosing, RSS […]

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Ten Cool Things You Can Do With Webfeeds

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

Getting bored with using webfeeds to read blogs? Then here’s the Cutting Through Guide To 10 Cool Things You Can Do With Webfeeds

Get a new slant on the news

Get a new perspective on the world by subscribing to a webfeed from the world’s most respected broadcaster. The BBC offers webfeeds for […]

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Are webfeeds ready for the mainstream?

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

Courtesy of Alex Barnett (an Online Customer Experience Manager at Microsoft, whatever one of those might be), here’s a useful matrix comparison of email and RSS for direct marketing purposes, with links to relevant articles.

He makes an interesting point - that the debate needs to move away from RSS-versus-email and towards where RSS can fit […]

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Webfeeds for (not quite) everything

Monday, October 4th, 2004

There’s an interesting post from David Sklar over at the O’Reilly Weblogs on how he wants to replace email with webfeeds - in particular situations where a company is communicating with him on a regular basis, for example in a billing scenario.

Inevitably there’s a counter-argument - ‘RSS is not the cure for everything‘, for example. […]

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Why you should use RSS in plain English

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

Found on the excellent Ideal Government site, the clearest explanation I’ve seen so far why you should be providing RSS feeds on your site and for your data - in plain English:

Having a way to get regular updates from a source you trust and want to follow without remembering to check it regularly is certainly […]

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Roll your own news in RSS

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

Courtesy of Steve Rubel, here’s an ingenious way of turning non-RSS enabled news sources into RSS feeds, using GoogleNews and Gnews2RSS. Exceedingly useful for keeping up with those sites that haven’t got around to smelling the coffee and turning on their RSS feeds.

A similar way of achieving the same ends is through NewsIsFree, who […]

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A test posting to check webfeeds

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

This is a test post to check the webfeeds…

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Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

Forgive the rant for a moment, if you will, but this posting at Master New Media is a symptom of something that seems to have become rather worryingly prevalent at the moment - namely that we’re all getting just a little bit up ourselves about blogging and RSS and the ‘death of mainstream media’ and […]

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Some boss-friendly RSS explanations

Monday, September 20th, 2004

As there’s an RSS theme to today’s postings, here’s a couple of links to some resources that may help answer the question “What is RSS, then?”

The BBC has been making extensive use of RSS for its news and current affairs for some time now, and they have a page that explains the how, what and […]

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RSS going mainstream?

Monday, September 20th, 2004

It seems that RSS - Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summaries, depending on your point of view - is starting to make it onto the corporate IT radar. eWeek, a well-respected enterprise IT publication from the Ziff-Davis stable has just published a slew of stories on the subject - a summary of […]

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Webfeed difficulties

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

Apologies if you’ve been experiencing difficulties getting updates from our webfeeds of late. We’ve been been experimenting with Feedburner as a way of getting some statistics on the readership of this blog, but unfortunately it looks like they’ve been having some problems over the last few weeks.

It’s a beta service, so some teething […]

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How do you use RSS (Webfeeds)?

Friday, June 11th, 2004

Most people reading blogs will undoubtedly be doing so via RSS (Webfeeds). But how many people realise that RSS (Webfeeds) can be used to gather and send information to you on whatever topic interests you - clients, competitors, trends, news, and even comments on your own blog!
We are increasingly using RSS (Webfeeds) as a means […]

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Everything a non-tech user needs to know about RSS 2.0

Friday, June 4th, 2004

By Dave Winer
This is the inaugural post for a new website devoted to the community of people who create and use RSS. It’s just a beginning.
Worth watching for some creative uses of RSS I am sure.

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Create RSS feeds from a search term

Monday, May 24th, 2004

Just found a new search site that allows you to create your own RSS feeds from a search query.
Simply enter a keyword and select ?Get RSS? from the drop down list. FindFoward then returns the RSS feed URL that you can utilise in your RSS news reader / aggregator.
And it would appear to work […]

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RSS feeds into your Outlook Calendar

Thursday, May 20th, 2004

How neat is this!
RSS to Outlook - Lockergnome’s RSS & Atom Tips

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RSS & CRM…scary

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

Something so simple could be so powerful…if used in a focused and targeted manner.
This article by Amy at Contentious highlights how a small CRM vendor is integrating RSS into the customer communication loop.
Custom Webfeeds: Content to Support Customer Relationships: Contentious Weblog
But having spent squillions on a crm system how many companies have anything left in […]

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Ads in RSS

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

From The RSS Resource Blog.
They say that golf is a waste of a good walk (don’t necessarily agree myself, though on a bad day it certainly feels that way!). But I do feel that way about inevitable intrusion of ads into my rss reading.
See what I mean:
“We realize that for many early adopters, ads […]

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