Saturday, March 12, 2005

Top 10 RSS Submission Websites

Top 10 RSS Feed Submission Sites is an article running today on


March 10th, 2005
By: Joel Dalley

Are RSS Feeds Important for Gaining Site Traffic?

Absolutely. Since more and more people are using blog and newswire search engines like to find information, then having your RSS feeds listed in RSS search engines and news indeces is critical to connecting with potential visitors.

Due to the real-time nature of RSS technology, WWW search engines like Google, Yahoo! and MSN Search have begun to look hopelessly slow and pointless for anyone seeking timely information. The natural next step for a company like Google is to expand their feed-based news service to be a searchable index of all RSS feeds on the web, which is undoubtably under production at Google Labs as of this writing.....

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Friday, March 11, 2005

Everyone was guilty of hubris at the time

In this Guardian Story, the author remembers the 5th anniversary of the bursting of the dot com bubble.

SlashDot covered this story and technology bloggers expanded on the Guardian theme. For instance:

There is a quote in that article by Rob Hersov that describes the way a lot of people felt at that time:

"Those were incredibly heady days," he says. "Fun - absolutely. We thought we were making a difference. We thought we were getting out there, shaking things up, doing something no one had done before. We really were pioneers - buccaneers."

That statement demonstrates the two truths of the dot com explosion: on one had, we really did make a difference - we built a huge IT infrastructure in, essentially, the blink of an eye. On the other hand, that statement is packed with the hubris and exaggerated sense of importance that also permeated the time.

The analogy was often made in 2000/2001 of the Detroit auto industry and the development of the US national highway system. The same thing happened with scores (or maybe it was hundreds?) of companies popping up with the word "motors" in their name during the period. And now there are 3; the big 3 left in Detroit.

Not only that, but barring e-Bay and a few other notables, the companies that made it out of the bubble are ones with unique brand names: Google, Amazon, Travelocity, Yahoo!, and GoDaddy.

I also disagree with the apparent conclusion that there are no lone wolves anymore. The climate is better for a savvy lone wolf than it was even in 1997, I believe.

Who came up with the e-Idea of e-Appending e-E to e-Everything anyway?

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

3 Steps to using Firefox as an RSS Reader

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1. The RSS Feed Icon

Mozilla Firefox makes following RSS feeds extremely easy and convenient. To get started, browse to a webpage that has the orange square in the lower right corner. The curved lines represent radio waves; that is, a "broadcast", which is an appropriate metaphor for RSS. Click on the RSS feed icon and add the feed as a bookmark in firefox. NOTE: be sure to add it in the 'Bookmarks Toolbar Folder' in order to dock...

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