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Kevin: Interesting write up on personalised aggregator Ongo that the NYTimes, Washington Post and Gannett have ploughed $12m into. What's interesting is that this ship might have left the dock with services like Flipboard, Feedly and Zite. Even if RSS is 'super-advanced', which I don't believe it is, I'm not sure that this fills a need better than other free options. In terms of RSS, I think it suffers a lack of awareness more than anything. Interesting write up by Rick Edmonds nonetheless.
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Kevin: VC Fred Wilson talks about the importance of RSS to traffic for his well read blog. This comes in the context of yet another round of "RSS is dead" stories looking a drops in the consumption of content via RSS. The problem is that there has never been much consumption of content directly from RSS.
This link recently saved by strangelyattractive on July 30, 2010
Kevin: Richard McManus considers the decline of startpages such as NetVibes, PageFlakes and iGoogle. "Startpages have undoubtedly faded in recent years, despite my positive outlook for them 4 years ago (although I also correctly predicted that the enterprise market would provide revenue opportunities). The main reason for the decline of startpages in the consumer market is Facebook."
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Kevin: Chris Brogan has a though provoking short post on loading up on RSS feeds. "But for most of us, staying current on several dozen (or several hundred) news feeds isn’t our job. It’s a way to feel current, but it doesn’t always positively impact our decisions and plans." The bottom line: Does consuming all that information help you make better decisions and be more successful in your business?
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Kevin: Excellent piece from Patrick Smith comparing the nascent market for media apps with RSS feeds and either online or application-based readers. He doesn't have a lot to say positively about smartphone and iPad apps. RSS is an invisible technology for mot news consumers. They aren't even aware of it but use it in a number of applications. I think Patrick's point at the end is intelligent and nuanced: "Of course, the everyday Man On The Clapham Omnibus doesn’t care or want to know about RSS, much less mobile apps that create a mobile version of their OPML file. But Journalism.co.uk readers are media professionals – and I’d wager that most of you are capable of using free or cheap software to create a mobile news experience that no branded premium app can match."
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Kevin: Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb - the best site for coverage of internet developments - writes of why people are wrong to abandon RSS. More importantly, he pulls back the curtain on how his team at RWW keep on top of the latest developments on the web.
"I will tell you that I no longer use Google Reader or Netvibes. Instead, I use open source software on our own servers that is more customizable, more reliable and more efficient.
Our team scans over thousands of company RSS feeds each morning for updates (what news writer wouldn’t do that?) and we use an open source customizable meme-tracker to make sure we haven’t missed anything important. We use open source RSS parsing software to set up a dashboard tracking all our competitors’ feeds, we use an RSS to IM alert system to get some feeds sent to us right away and at least some of us use Gmail Webclips for another layer of ambient feed tracking."
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Kevin: Steve Rubel highlights a nice feature that allows you to save articles to read on any mobile device via a service called Instapaper. Google Reader now allows you bookmark any article either on the desktop or via the mobile application and be able to read it using Instapaper. Very useful.
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