SiteMaps

Are you looking for a better way to get your site indexed?
bq.In an encouraging act of collaboration, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft announced tonight that they will all begin using the same Sitemaps protocol to index sites around the web. Now based at “Sitemaps.org(What are Sitemaps)”:http://www.sitemaps.org/, the system instructs web masters on how to install an XML file on their servers that all three engines can use to track updates to pages. This should make it easier to get your pages indexed in a simple and standardized way. People who use Google Sitemaps don’t need to change anything, those maps will now be indexed by Yahoo and Microsoft. – “Marshall Kirkpatrick(Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Agree to Standard Sitemaps Protocol)”:http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/11/15/google-yahoo-and-microsoft-agree-to-standard-sitemaps-protocol/ I wrote about some automated methods of “generating sitemaps(Google SiteMaps)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2005/06/03/sitemaps last year. Once you get it created, be sure and submit to the proper place at “Google(Google Webmaster Tools)”:www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/, “Yahoo!(Yahoo, Google and Microsoft join forces behind Sitemaps)”:http://www.ysearchblog.com/archives/000380.html and “Microsoft(Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support Sitemaps)”:http://blogs.msdn.com/livesearch/archive/2006/11/15/microsoft-google-yahoo-unite-to-support-sitemaps.aspx. And watch the traffic role in. Oh, and if you are looking for webdesign advice, I got a free issue of “Website Magazine(Website Magazine)”:http://www.websitemagazine.com/ in the mail yesterday. I just had to flip through it this morning, but it looked to be very informative. And the price is certainly affordable.

Social Bookmarks

bq.The ability to save a URL has been around since Mosaic 0.2 but is currently experiencing a transformation as we learn more about the pages and content behind the pointers and share our findings with others through social networks. – “Niall Kennedy(Bookmarking and social sharing trends)”:http://www.niallkennedy.com/blog/archives/2006/10/bookmark-search-social-sharing.html Today during lunch, I got a chance to watch “Best New Technologies: Keeping Up with the Storm(Best New Technologies: Keeping Up with the Storm)”:http://www.dupagepress.com/COD/index.php?id=1169 thanks to our “local institution of higher learning(South Florida Community College)”:http://www.southflorida.edu/. “Steven(Steven Bell’s Home Page)”:http://staff.philau.edu/BellS/ and “Aaron(myspace/facebook/flickr/etc a fad?)”:http://walkingpaper.org/354 were both knowledge and yet willing to disagree at times. I thought it was a really good starting point for discussion and we had a good conversation about a few points among our little group especially when it came to del.icio.us (and Aaron even took a moment to push “a certain other project(Second Life Library Opening)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2006/10/12/opening I am involved in).. But I also thought Aaron was correct when he said not to try and adopt every new technology at once. Pick out one or two things to get really good at first.

State of Search

Niall Kennedy has taken a look at where the cutting-edge in Search lies as far as “Audio(The current state of audio search)”:http://www.niallkennedy.com/blog/archives/2006/10/audio-search.html, “Video(The current state of video search)”:http://www.niallkennedy.com/blog/archives/2006/10/video-search.html, and “Images(The current state of image search)”:http://www.niallkennedy.com/blog/archives/2006/10/image-search.html. I did find some irony in one statement, though.
bq.The most reliable data comes from auto-configured machines, but humans can supplement and correct this data if they choose to involve themselves in the process. – “Niall Kennedy(The current state of audio search)”:http://www.niallkennedy.com/blog/archives/2006/10/audio-search.html I am not going to start looking for a new job just yet.

A Modest RSS Proposal

The RSS Advisory Board has completed their task and are ready to have everyone take a look at their latest revised standard.
bq.It also has been through a thorough and open review process that included 11 revisions to the draft and 13 revisions to a companion document still under development, the RSS Profile. I proposed today that the RSS Advisory Board adopt the draft as version 2.0.9 of the RSS 2.0 specification. – “Rogers Cadenhead(Proposal: Revise the RSS 2.0 Specification)”:http://www.cadenhead.org/workbench/news/3034/proposal-revise-rss-20-specification It certainly has been a “long time in coming(Very quietly earlier this morning)”:http://www.scripting.com/2002/09/18.html#When:8:25:22AM. But hopefully a properly structured and thoroughly discussed “RSS specification(RSS 2.0 Specification)”:http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification will be just what RSS needs to become useful again. In the meantime, though, I am going to stick with “Atom(The Atom Syndication Format)”:http://www.atomenabled.org/developers/syndication/atom-format-spec.php.

Netcast

Just two years ago, many people heard a word for the first time.
bq.At the core is an activity they call podcasting, a really simple idea with powerful implications. – “Dave Winer(I’ve been lurking on the ipodder-dev list)”:http://www.scripting.com/2004/09/24.html#When:1:51:29PM And a revolution was born. But after Apple sent recently sent “a cease & decist letter(Apple Hits Podcast Ready with Nastygram)”:http://blog.wired.com/music/index.blog?entry_id=1561308, there is some consideration about changing the name.
bq.I propose the word “netcast.” It’s a little clearer that these are broadcasts over the Internet. It’s catchy and even kind of a pun. – “Leo Laporte(A Cast By Any Other Name…)”:http://www.twit.tv/2006/09/22/a_cast_by_any_other_name Not everyone was thrilled by the idea.
bq.I don’t agree with Leo Laporte on his thought process on this though, we are too far down the road to change horses now and his suggested new name is ridiculous. – “Todd Cochrane(Jason Calacanis says either fight or submit to Apple on Podcasting)”:http://www.geeknewscentral.com/archives/006424.html And some are wondering if it just too late.
bq.I’m not entirely sure this campaign from the Podcaster of the Year will mean much to the folks out there who don’t listen to podcasts, but changing the term could help the average Internet user to better understand what the term podcast (ah, I mean netcast) means. – “Amber MacArthur(Can we change the Word of the Year?)”:http://ambermac.typepad.com/ambermac/2006/10/can_we_change_t.html I usually start off every explanation of podcasting by explaing how it is a confusing name and an iPod is not required. It may be too late to change, but I am not sure that things worked out for the best.

RSS Redefined

Back when Dan Libby created RSS, it meant “RDF Site Summary(Dan Libby’s Resume)”:http://dan.libby.com/resume/. Later Dave Winer changed it to the less-technical “Really Simple Syndication(All About RSS)”:http://radio.userland.com/allaboutrss. Apparently, though, this still isn’t simple enough for some people.
bq.The technical acronym for RSS is “Really Simple Syndication”, an XML format that was created to syndicate news, and be a means to share content on the web. Now, to geeks and techies that means something special, but to everyday folks like you and me, what comes to mind is, “Uh, I don’t get it?” So, to make RSS much easier to understand, in Oprah speak, RSS stands for: I’m “Ready for Some Stories”. It is a way online for you to get a quick list of the latest story headlines from all your favorite websites and blogs all in one place. How cool is that? – “Stephanie Quilao(How to explain RSS the Oprah way)”:http://cravingideas.blogs.com/backinskinnyjeans/2006/09/how_to_explain_.html Just think of what RSS might have achieved if Dan had used that explanation back at the beginning.

Citizendium

Once upon a time, there was “Nupedia(Nupedia)”:http://nupedia.8media.org/. “Wikipedia(Wikipedia)”:http://www.wikipedia.org/ was a successor that attempted to improve on many aspects of the project. Now “Citizendium(Citizendium)”:http://citizendium.org/ is going to attempt to do the same thing to Wikipedia. Like “Michael Arrington(Does Wikipedia need to be fixed?)”:http://www.crunchnotes.com/?p=279 and “Eric Rice(Don’t you dare edit that Wiki!)”:http://www.ericrice.com/blog/?p=110, I have had “my own issues(Wikipedia Worthy)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2006/06/22/worthy with Wikipedia, so I consider this a good thing. I have linked to Wikipedia a few times in the past, but as soon as the Citizendium site is up, I intend to direct everything over there.

Mobizine

I hadn’t heard this term before.
bq.Basically a Mobizine is a java application that runs on your cellphone and updates periodically with text, images, audio and video via a GPRS connection. As Steven describes them “kinda gimmicky, kinda cool…” and it seems like they’re the latest thing that certain magazines and tv channels are getting in to. – “Colin Daniels(Magazines for your cellphone)”:http://nml.ru.ac.za/youngblood/?p=69 Note: I met Colin at Gnomedex and I have been looking for the right post to link to. He covers new media in Africa which is not hampered by slow-moving monoliths that are trying to protect their antiquated infrastructure. If you want to see the cool new stuff that we may get here in the US in a few years, keep reading his blog.

Invalidity in RSS

Right from the beginning, there has been “controversy(The case for simplicity)”:http://diveintomark.org/archives/2002/09/06/the_case_for_simplicity over RSS 2.0. And last time, I checked it seemed “more controversy(RSS feeds: valid, useful, or accurate?)”:http://thresholdstate.com/threshold/4163/rss-feeds-valid-useful-or-accurate was to be found. Have things got any better of late?
bq.Over the past 7 days my team of volunteers at Podcast Connect, have been reviewing all of the nominations for the 2006 People’s Choice Podcast Awards. This year we had some automated tools to help us with RSS Validation, and recorded site and show grading process. I have never been so utterly blown away by the sad state of affairs when it comes to Podcasters RSS feeds, and some of the crap we have been sorting through. Of 3281 nominated shows, the RSS Invalid rate according to FeedValidator.org was a shocking 78%. – “Todd Cochrane(The state of RSS feeds in Podcasting)”:http://www.geeknewscentral.com/archives/006285.html Apparently not. Just for the record, Todd has always been a staunch RSS 2.0 “supporter(Atom over RSS your Kidding Right?)”:http://www.geeknewscentral.com/archives/006218.html and “defender(Why does Sam Ruby have his nose in the RSS 2.0 Specification?)”:http://www.geeknewscentral.com/archives/005817.html. I look forward to seeing if his efforts in this area make things better.

Claiming Feeds

While everyone knows that “Cool URIs Don’t Change(Cool URIs Don’t Change)”:http://www.w3.org/Provider/Style/URI, the fact is that anyone who has been blogging for a while will find that many of their old feeds, while very uncool, are still being subscribed to. For instance, Bloglines lists 11 possible feeds for this site, and while there is more than one that actually works, “a single feed in a single format(Pick a Format Any Format)”:http://nick.typepad.com/blog/2006/week21/index.html makes much more sense. So I am going to try out Bloglines “Publisher Tools(Have no fear, Publisher Tools are here!)”:http://www.bloglines.com/about/news to see if they can help with that. — Apparently, Textpattern is stripping out the code you have to insert in the feed so Bloglines can verify you own it. It appears a bit of hacking is in order.