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  1. People who discount RSS are the same people who truly don’t understand what it is (besides subscribing to feeds). There is so much more one can do with the technology besides just feeds.
    There is no limit to the way RSS could be used. Job searching, email, you name it. We have not exploited all RSS has to offer. Not by a long shot.

    Rob

  2. People who discount RSS are the same people who truly don’t understand what it is (besides subscribing to feeds). There is so much more one can do with the technology besides just feeds.
    There is no limit to the way RSS could be used. Job searching, email, you name it. We have not exploited all RSS has to offer. Not by a long shot.

    Rob

  3. Hey Robert,

    Damn but you made my night. Thank you. Obviously I’m talking to all the normal players.

    My contact info is on http://fuzzyblog.com/contact/ if you need to hand it off to anyone internally.

    Rob — you are so incredibly right. There are worlds of opportunity still in RSS. The concept of a regularly updated, presentation neutral stream of **extensible** easily parsable data is huge. Feedster was one application of it. I can come up with like 20 more easily. That said, recent* innovations such as Ajax, make lots of old opportunities new again.

    And, in addition to talking to all the usual players, you can sign up to be notified for what I’m grinding out while I’m unemployed at http://www.ookles.com/ (obligatorily cool ajax powered, ruby on rails stealth home page; its fun to be trendy again).

    *Ok its not really recent.

    Thanks man.
    Scott

  4. Hey Robert,

    Damn but you made my night. Thank you. Obviously I’m talking to all the normal players.

    My contact info is on http://fuzzyblog.com/contact/ if you need to hand it off to anyone internally.

    Rob — you are so incredibly right. There are worlds of opportunity still in RSS. The concept of a regularly updated, presentation neutral stream of **extensible** easily parsable data is huge. Feedster was one application of it. I can come up with like 20 more easily. That said, recent* innovations such as Ajax, make lots of old opportunities new again.

    And, in addition to talking to all the usual players, you can sign up to be notified for what I’m grinding out while I’m unemployed at http://www.ookles.com/ (obligatorily cool ajax powered, ruby on rails stealth home page; its fun to be trendy again).

    *Ok its not really recent.

    Thanks man.
    Scott

  5. If RSS is so important, it makes me wonder why it took Microsoft so long to jump on the bandwagon.

    You also figure if RSS is very important, that Microsoft wouldn’t be using the RSS icon from Firefox; but rather would have at least taken the time to make a new icon for themselfs.

  6. If RSS is so important, it makes me wonder why it took Microsoft so long to jump on the bandwagon.

    You also figure if RSS is very important, that Microsoft wouldn’t be using the RSS icon from Firefox; but rather would have at least taken the time to make a new icon for themselfs.

  7. Joe,

    MS using a standardized RSS icon is just plain smart. Think about it. All the people who use FF can now, with IE7, say ” Oh, I know what that is.” and vice-versa. Standardization is key for heavy adoption of any technology. Using your argument, how would you like it if all 50 states used different stop signs or traffic signals? You wouldn’t, and neither would anyone else.

    Rob

  8. Joe,

    MS using a standardized RSS icon is just plain smart. Think about it. All the people who use FF can now, with IE7, say ” Oh, I know what that is.” and vice-versa. Standardization is key for heavy adoption of any technology. Using your argument, how would you like it if all 50 states used different stop signs or traffic signals? You wouldn’t, and neither would anyone else.

    Rob

  9. [...] My, my. *blink*. Thank you Robert for blogging “Bill We Should Hire Scott“. I doubt I could describe just how good this made me feel and what a high compliment I regard it as (disclaimer: I’m a huge Robert Scoble fan and have been since he was at UserLand). Happy Holidays to your and Maryam. Oh and here’s a new one for you: [...]

  10. I’m glad I read your post. I just tried to email feedster support regarding a bizarro problem I’m having with a claimed feed and I got a failure notice that said something about scott@feedster.com being locked. I tried again to their feedster comments address with the same result. Anyway, the failure notices seemed strange, but at least I now know the reason.

  11. I’m glad I read your post. I just tried to email feedster support regarding a bizarro problem I’m having with a claimed feed and I got a failure notice that said something about scott@feedster.com being locked. I tried again to their feedster comments address with the same result. Anyway, the failure notices seemed strange, but at least I now know the reason.

  12. [...] *chuckle* Well Robert’s wonderfully supportive blog post about me basically acted as a forcing event pushing Mike and I to let people know about the Ookles.com stealth home page considerably more quickly than we had planned. True we had this ready to go but we had wanted to finish this blog post and link to it from the Ookles.com home page before we took it live. We didn’t want a repeat of the Ning / 24 Hour Laundry debate on whether or not you should be stealthy. But we didn’t get it up in time largely because I’ve been in recovery mode (read that “Scott actually took a day off to be with his family and sleep”). So anyway lets talk a bit about why we did it this way. Q: Why We? A: Depending on how you count startups, Ookles.com will be my 5th or 6th startup depending on the start point of the count. I had a little TV repair business when I was in high school back in the WAY pre internet days (’84 / ‘85). The point of the “we” is that I really like having a technical co founder on startups I come up with*. The one time I didn’t have one it didn’t work out. What I find is that when its “we NOT me” I can riff on things with someone who gets it. My first real startup, NTERGAID, taught me the power of this with my partner at the time, Brian Giedt. Q: Who’s Mike? A: Mike’s an IM buddy that’s been corresponding with me since, literally, summer of ‘03 when Feedster was first getting started. I’m a well known IM freak (anyone who runs an IM client with 9 plus accounts active at all time is an IM freak) and I take input from everyone. Mike happened to IM me way back then and the relationship clicked. He and I have been IM’ing ever since and we renewed our relationship recently when Feedster was able to contract with him for UI assistance on the Feedster 500 and other projects. I moved on from Feedster recently (ok 5 days ago) and when I wanted to do it again I thought of Mike. He was interested and, thus, a startup was born. Q: Doesn’t the name Ookles.com, well, suck? A: Certainly. The name bites ass actually. Rafat said it well “a parody of a web 2.0 name“. I’d actually agree with that – Ookles.com won’t be the final name but you need something to start and we wanted something that was pronounce-able and felt like a word. Mike came up with Ookles.com and its more than good enough for now. At the stage we’re at (planning; not one line of code has been written – that starts today), its good enough. I’ve seen way too many engineers worry about the right domain name when that’s not their core competency. If we build the right product, we can get the right domain name at the right time. If we screw up building the product then we won’t need the right domain name. (oh and Hi Rafat! Thanks for the link you rock) Q: So who’s Mike? A: Well why I don’t let Mike say it in his own words: I’ve been contracting and consulting in the interspace for 6 years now and have worked with some of Australia’s best web development companies and some of Australia’s largest sites as well as international clients. [...]

  13. I ‘ll say it again. RSS is not and will not grow to become in everyone’s lives. blogs are just journals, you can put a fancy name on it but they are just journals and RSS isnt that great. RSS is only for tech. people. grandma won’t be using it anytime soon. It’s no Ipod..

  14. I ‘ll say it again. RSS is not and will not grow to become in everyone’s lives. blogs are just journals, you can put a fancy name on it but they are just journals and RSS isnt that great. RSS is only for tech. people. grandma won’t be using it anytime soon. It’s no Ipod..

  15. Well I guess Feedster didn’t set the world on fire then. What at the start, you were calling it the next new new new Google? ;) Hahhaha.

    You know, someone should document your track-record, put a percentage on your predictions, I’d say in 33% range. You do better with a coin flip.

  16. Well I guess Feedster didn’t set the world on fire then. What at the start, you were calling it the next new new new Google? ;) Hahhaha.

    You know, someone should document your track-record, put a percentage on your predictions, I’d say in 33% range. You do better with a coin flip.