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Be strict in what you generate and forgiving in what you accept

Be strict in what you generate and forgiving in what you accept

This is a difficult issue.   Application developers are caught in the middle.  On the one hand, we are in a position to take a stand against bad behavior by the feed producers; on the other hand, our survival depends on pleasing users who don’t care about the implementation details.

I can’t believe that the feed producers are purposely making things difficult.  If there was a way to educate them, I’m sure they would respond in a positive manner.  The squeaky wheel gets the grease. I hate the implications of that saying but you gotta do what you gotta do.  What if newsreaders had on file the email address of CEO’s, VP of Development, the appropriate responsible party within the company generating the bad feeds, and each time we refresh a feed, we notify the responsible party, that they are not playing nice.  Perhaps they would take notice.

Dear "Responsible Party"
Though I enjoy your content at "x", the application I use to retrieve your content is having to undertake extraordinary measures to deliver your content to me.  They and I as a consumer would appreciate if you would adjust your newfeed to follow published standards.  This would save time, energy and money.

A plea for convergence in weblog publishing

A plea for convergence in weblog publishing

Brent Simmons makes the case for standard weblog features.
First, categories rule. I can’t imagine using a weblog service that doesn’t support categories.  The alternative is to require that you maintain multiple weblogs.  I have different audiences and categories serve as a filter for my posts.  Now, if TypePad would just syndicate on categories, things would be perfect.

News aggregators

News aggregators

Directory on Wikipedia

Free News Aggregators
Feedreader – Minimalist. Can’t discover feeds. No built-in tabbed browser. Small footprint. Works fine.
Sharpreader – requires .NET framework, feed auto-discovery
RSSBandit – requires .NET framework, opensource, feed auto-discovery, tabbed browser
Sage – FireFox extension
GreatNews

Commercial
FeedDemon – One of the best. $30 (Bought out by NewsGator)
NewzCrawler

Integrated into Outlook
Newsgator – A great choice. $30. Integrates into Outlook.
You Subscribe
IntraVNews
RSS Popper Free!

Web Based (Free)
Newsgator Online
Bloglines
Google Reader

Browser Integrated
Firefox extensions
Pluck – Integrated into IE
Maxthon – Custom tabbed browser based on IE. Has RSS sidebar
OnFolio– Integrated into IE & FireFox

For PocketPC
NewsBreak
PocketRSS

For SmartPhone
iPodderSP

How my blog got discovered

How my blog got discovered

There’s another way to have your blog discovered. Don’t do anything! Just right about what you love and people just may find you. I wrote about teaching my kids to play poker and got two emails from news agencies wanting to interview me. The first was from a local Fox affiliate in Chicago and the second was a NewsWeek reporter. I just got off the phone with the NewsWeek reporter. I’m sure they each found me through Google. I had two referals from google: “Kids Poker” & “Kids and Poker”.

If you aren’t aware, one undeniable truth in obtaining “Google Juice” is to pick good titles for your post. When Google returns the results, if your title doesn’t accurately reflect the content of your post, people are not going to click on it.

Update Oct 3:
Newsweek flew a photographer and his assistant from California to my home in Austin on Friday, and they spent three hours taking pictures. They said chances are good they will use something from the photo shoot in their upcoming story on Poker.