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.

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/.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.