Comments on: RSS datapoint of the day http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: cheap facebook fans http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-56172 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 15:58:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-56172 rietty induction snagoff pokey kamma superbe fosdick discommode hangs

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By: Michael A. De Bose http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-2455 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 20:34:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-2455 Full RSS is extremely useful, I am not entirely familiar with the specification, but the whole point of the “mighty page view” as a metric was to determine for advertisers the size of the audience viewing a site, correct? If this is so, is there not some way to measure an RSS audience? I don’t really see RSS as necessarily near obsolete though.

Twitter first and foremost is a website like Facebook which is no different than any other blog or web publication. In the same manner, Twitter’s best feature is that you don’t have to go to the actual site to consume and generate content. Facebook, blogs and other properties are faced with the same issue. The web audience increasingly expects to experience content on their own terms. We’re moving away from proprietary and walled off ponds to technologies and content that can be shared regardless what was used to create it or where it was created. The Music Industry has been forced to deal with this with iTunes and the death of the album. The TV industry is fighting time shifting, winning for the moment. This is a societal shift in behavior and the answer appears to be the same, people want to research, communicate and share and they don’t want boundaries created by folks trying to sell complete albums, IIS servers, and content that works in only one browser. RSS may need to be updated. That’s about it.

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By: Levi http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-2431 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 13:52:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-2431 That WPNI tip (fast.xml) just changed my life!

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By: Steve B http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-2425 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 08:13:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-2425 I certainly greatly appreciate full-text RSS and will often click through to read the comments or to see any related links. I’ve never been sure if it’s commercially the best idea, but it definitely makes for greater user satisfaction. Any non-profits out there must go in this direction.

Replacing RSS with Twitter is complete nonsense however. That article linked to in the post is beyond silly. Twitter has many flaws in comparison with RSS, but the main one is that it is a company, not a standard. What happens when (or should I say if) Twitter goes under? Or is so infested by spam and nonsense it becomes unusable?

I’d agree with James Kwak’s comments on Twitter too. As for Facebook, I have (twice!) deleted myself from there due to their user policies – I don’t trust them with any of my data. You cannot rely on everyone being there. Maybe this will happen with Twitter one day as well. RSS is open.

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By: conor clarke http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-2418 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 00:15:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-2418 really useful stuff. thanks.

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By: James Kwak http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-2416 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 23:59:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-2416 That said, I just read the “Twitter is replacing [RSS]” article and I am very unconvinced. That could be a sign of age, but I’m skeptical because Twitter is just worse than RSS because of the 140-character limit and the need to click on links (the very problem with truncated feeds) – and because I can’t see where those links are going, I’m less likely to click on them. The clear advantage of Twitter is the ability to travel via SMS, but I have to imagine that will cease to be an advantage as people switch from dumb phones to smart phones.

I also don’t see a role for Facebook, because while I do republish there, it has the problem that not everyone is on Facebook (just like not everyone is on Twitter), and there is the enrollment barrier. You could say that barrier exists for RSS readers, but I think the barrier to adoption is much lower – and for browser-based readers, there’s no enrollment at all.

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By: James Kwak http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-2415 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 23:40:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-2415 Hooray for Felix!

Most of us bloggers just take the medium for granted. Felix thinks about the medium and how it can be better.

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By: scott http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-2410 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 21:46:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-2410 I love RSS feeds (though I suppose eventually I will have to embrace Twitter)…….but if a RSS feed is truncated, it had better be the best, most unique post on the planet or I will go elsewhere.

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By: Remy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-2403 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 18:59:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-2403 What wpni doesn’t get is that in letting Ezra have a full text feed they gave away their secret. The same address that gives the full text feed for Ezra’s blog (voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/fa st.xml) gives it for any other Post blogger. Just append /fast.xml to the end of any Post blog’s homepage and you get the full text rss feed.

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By: Gari N. Corp http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-2402 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 18:18:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/04/rss-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-2402 I’d note two thinks about RSS. The first is that it’s totally possible to embed ads in RSS feeds, though the intrusive ones would probably be counterproductive. I’ve also noticed that Gothamist, for instance, is running ads as RSS items, which is not massively friendly.

The other point is that RSS, along with APIs, is poised to become useful as soon as news consumers start to become more comfortable with being proactive in assembling their own news content. Or alternatively someone stumbles upon a business model (maybe embedding ads) that pushes content based on other people’s RSS feeds to consumers in a huge variety of combinations.

Push technology such as email is already overwhelming some users, particularly in the business world. RSS might be part of the way such users cut down on inbox clutter, although that depends on widespread and relatively uniform RSS adoption.

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