More RSS for the masses
Some are resistant to the idea because they're dorks like me, but I'll use good 'ol mom as an example again... My mom would listen to me talk about "web feeds" or "net feeds" more than "RSS". Acronyms can tend to turn people off in a techie conversation. Remember, we're talking about bringing RSS to the masses folks.
We have an "Orage Alert"
Link: Six Apart Status Weblog.
update: Longest 45 minutes ever. Stats are still down.
I went to check my stats to see what sort of terrible state my traffic is in (since I've been light on blogging recently) and seems TypePad has disables stats for now to save cycles or something. 45 minutes eh? Ok... GO!
TypePad: Application Performance Degraded
We are currently experiencing degraded performance on TypePad. We are aware of the issue and are working hard to resolve it. Thank you for your patience.
Update 11:10: We experienced a failure on a database machine. There is no loss of data and the replacement is in progress. Performance should be restored within 45 minutes. Until performance is fully restored, we have disabled the calculation of stats.
Posted by Six Apart Ops at 10:56 AM
Cashing in on RSS... with public approval
A co-worker sent this article my way from Fortune Magazine. David Kirkpatrick - Cashing in on RSS - FORTUNE. In this article David Kirkpatrick talks about Jim Moore's new investment firm, RSS Investors. David tells us that Jim spent time as a CEO consultant for Intel, HP and Qualcomm before heading to Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet & Society. At Harvard Jim was able to spend a good amount of time with Dave Winer. Dave obviously had a large impact on Jim.
"Having Dave as my office mate for a year is what led me to realize there was a big business opportunity here," says Moore.
The article goes on and explains what RSS actually is and how it is practically used. One of the things I love is that the atricle mentions Fred Wilson. Blogging isn't a popularity contest, but rather a contest of personal relevance. For me, Fred is ultimately relevant. Fred's got good technology taste and even better musical taste. If you haven't already, check him out.
This article made me say hmmmm for one big reason, they make RSS seem like a super graspable technology. I'd vote that it's still not. Why? Try to explain RSS to my mother, wife, sister, non-technie friends etc. It's near impossible. I've been preaching the value of RSS to a friend of mine at school for the past 6 or so weeks. She's computer and web savy as well as being over all highly intelligent, but all of the pieces of the RSS/blog/tagging world haven't quite fallen into place yet for her. Why? The technology is not at a place that it's been made intuitive by it's purveyors.
- Fred Wilson on Email vs. RSS - Blogs via email, give people what they know, not what may be the "hot new thing"
- Fred Wilson on Posting, Subscribing, and Tagging - Sounds simple right? It is, in theory. If you already know the basics of posting, subscribing, and tagging.
- Michael Parekh on Why is Tagging so Frickin' Hard? - Michael is a really smart guy, he's web-telligent and yet... he posts about taggin' being Frickin' hard. Again, if Michael if frustrated, how about those with less web-IQ?
- Michael Parekh on Amazon.com starting a blogging service...a hypothetical case - This is a great post about possible RSS feed integration into Amazon.com. The thing I love most about this idea is introducing a huge value add with RSS to a web application that regular consumers are already comfortable with. Showing value and ease of use to the populace is key.
- Michael Parekh on Tech too hard or too easy - This is a great post that outlines the real public's interaction with RSS.
So to David Kirkpatrick and "Cashing in on RSS" I say, "sure, it could happen." I don't believe it has yet, but I think it will. Right now the race is on with everyone (it seems) to create the "big RSS app" that will reach the masses. I'd say Flickr and iTunes are out front right now... I know people who listen to Podcasts that don't even know what RSS is. Delicious is a great app, but even I frequently have issues with that app. Obviously Jim Moore doesn't think it's happened yet either... Good luck to the firm, I'm excited to see what comes of these guys.
*NOTE* Fred had a great post that really hit home what I'm getting at above... RSS is cool, but it's not completely user friendly. Vague, I know, but if you know the post I'm looking for, send it my way please. Thanks.
Supr.c.ilio.us is billed as follows: Social social tagging site tagging. Riiiigggghhhht. So, this is a central place to tag(keep track of) tagging sites. Word? Word.
All I know is this naming convention .us is getting ri.dic.ulo.us.
I will cop to the truth and say I've found some cool tagging sites in the few minutes I've used Supr.c.il.... I give up.
...ok, well really onle one site.
Autoblog - www.autoblog.com _
Inching closer to Web OS...
Today, Michael Parekh posted on The Merits of Unlimited Stuff Storage Online. His focus surrounds a single experience (negative) with Yahoo! in which he reached capacity on his Yahoo! Contacts Book. Yes, there is ACTUALLY a finite capacity... I had no idea. Now, either Michael is bragging about his enormous amount of friends (5,000) or he is using this experience to springboard into a topic about the need for web storage. I assume the latter is true. 8*)
Michael points out that many people (me included) use Yahoo as a focal point for organization: contacts, calendar, email, notes, photos, bookmarks, etc. So, with the current trend of huge storage capacity for web mail, and the apparent need users have for accessable web storage... why aren't the big boys responding with web-drive solutions? Some users are finding ways to exploit huge webmail capacities, but we shouldn't have to HACK our way to a solution.
I've posted before about my desire for a large capacity web drive... and I'll say it again: I want between 5 and 10 gigs of accessable web drive space!
I do subscribe to Yahoo! Mail Plus which gives me a lot of cool stuff, but mainly 2 gigs of storage, no advertisements on web or in emails, POP access, and some sweet SPAM guard tools. I pay $19.99/year for that service. I think it's a good deal, personally. Now, Flickr (owned by Yahoo) gives it's Pro users UNLIMITED bandwidth and storage for $24.99/year! The only gotcha is 2gb upload limit per month. *shrug* that's cool with me. Now, why can't I have that same deal for a web-drive? I mean, data storage is data storage right?
Bottom line, Michael shouldn't have to worry about contact storage capacity or calendar capacity (stupid exchange does this), data storage and web application use should be seamless.
Web-drive solutions will become consumer expectations as we continue to move toward a Web OS culture, the question is, who's going to take us there first?
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Bad Apple - Customer Service
Brian Bailey writes about a horrible experience getting his Apple Powerbook worked on at his local Apple store. I've written before about customer service issues... passionately I might add. When are people going to realize, Service SELLS!
I heard it said once that when you buy a premium car you don't just pay for a nice ride, you pay for the service associated with it. In the 3 years I owned my BMW 3 series I must say I was treated like a KING. The driving experience was wonderful, but the customer service was even better! I like the feeling of being cared for as a customer, it makes me feel fuzzy. Brian is obviiously a very patient man, I'd have someone's scalp if I were in his shoes. Or at least I'd take my system somewhere that I could get reasonable service.