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  • Blog Post: Moving my blog

    OK, so I moved my new Alex Barnett blog to here for a number of reasons, explained here at my, er, new blog .
  • Blog Post: RSS feeds, OPMLs and Grazr

    Kevin Briody of the Windows Live team has published the RSS feeds he subscribes to as OPML files for your feedreader. Some good feeds worth checking out there, including a bunch of Windows Live individual employee and team blogs. Kevin, one way of displaying these as a blogroll is to use Grazr . Below...
  • Blog Post: A crack in this fine social scene?

    John Udell has raised a point triggered by the Share Your OPML (SYO) OPML experiment that I've not even come close to thinking about regarding the 'my data' meme. "I presume there is no longer any argument about data export. If I contribute to blip or mefeedia or dabble , I'll expect to be able...
  • Blog Post: My musical attention (data)

    Earlier this month I mentioned that at the Content 2.0 event I asked LastFMs product manager, Matthew Ogle about the ability to export my data out of the system so it could be plugged into another. After all, the music I listen to, for how long and when I listen to it, user-defined tag and ratings, is...
  • Blog Post: MSReadr (or, RoboScoble)

    The Windows Live product teams have a number of blogs, some hosted on MSDN and others on MSN Spaces. Now you can keep up with all these in any one of four ways. 1. Subscribe to a single feed Atom or RSS flavor) that aggregates the various posts or, 2. Visit this web page (called MSReadr ...
  • Blog Post: Coping with Information Overload (video)

    About four weeks ago I made my way over to ZDNet's studios in San Francisco to be interviewed by Mike Elgan for DevSource and discuss a number of topics close to my heart. The video (15-ish mins) is now published. Mike asked me about microformats , tagging , information overload , OPML , attention...
  • Blog Post: Share Your OPML (it had to happen)

    So, who would have thought that OPML would be a big deal? ;-) The interest in Dave Winer's latest project, Share Your OPML , is the reason for OPML's Attention this weekend. And with good reason too. Dave hinted at this project at last week's Seattle Mind Camp where we discussed Attention . This app...
  • Blog Post: Live.com and OPML

    New feature ( among others ) on Live.com : "- OPML Request: can I export my rss feeds that I’ve subscribed to on live.com in OPML format? You can now do this: click on add stuff -> ‘advanced options’" This may not seem like a big deal, but I think this is significant in its own little...
  • Blog Post: Attention 2.0

    (I had to call this post something and given this pic, I couldn't resist...) (er, that's Attention two Dot oh, folks...) The Seattle Mind Camp 2.0 Sunday session on RSS and OPML led by Dave Winer was a fascinating hour, spent discussing, well, RSS and OPML and more. In the room were around...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft.com Feeds Directory

    The Microsoft.com Communities Team have been busy developing an RSS (and Atom) based Feed Directory . So what is it? Well, let's think of this way. Microsoft.com is one HUGE site. For all intents and purposes the site can be considered as a multitude / network of hundreds of sites with common UI...
  • Blog Post: Social Search

    Business Week has an article outlining some of the 'social search' developments underway at Microsoft. What is 'social searching'?: "Microsoft plans to unveil a question-and-answer social-search tool in the coming months, says Justin Osmer, senior product manager for MSN. The feature will let users...
  • Blog Post: Some Crazy OPML hits

    There is so much going on in the OPML space. Hard keeping up. Some Crazy OPML hits for you: Lisa Williams - The Blog on My Keychain (update: here's another post along the same lines by Matt Mower) Crazy Cool Grazr uses Bela Labovitch - New OPMLWorkstation release John Tropea - Newsmastering...
  • Blog Post: Seattle Mind Camp 2.0

    Excellent. I've registered to attend Seattle Mind Camp 2.0 taking place April 29 to April 30 (yup, three weeks time!). Chris Pirillo's Lockergnome is sponsoring - I suspect other sponsors will be announced soon. If you can, you should go too, but don't dilly-dally though - the 150 tickets will go...
  • Blog Post: Go and OPML yourself

    Go and OPML yourself. I did. Why? 'Cause I'm an idiot. A happy OPMLish idiot. - Tags: OPML click to get the big picture
  • Blog Post: 'myware' but without the 'my'?

    I have to agree with Steve Gillmor on this: "All proprietary clouds of data obtained without the users' permission are tainted, and it's my bet (GestureBank) that given a choice between an open pool and any proprietary one, the open pool will implicitly be more trusted." Not surprising that...
  • Blog Post: My 6 predictions on microformats

    Joshua Allen helped organize the microformats and structured blogging unofficial session at Mix this week with Marc Canter and Tantek . Joshua has posted 6 predictions on the topic of microformats that are worth a read (thanks to Tommy for the pointer ). FWIW (inspired by Joshua) here are my six...
  • Blog Post: The Next Big Thing is: There is no Next Big Thing.

    The Next Big Thing is: There is no Next Big Thing. Baloney. I liked Don Dodge's response to the 'there is no Next Big Thing' : "The Next Big Thing does exist...it just doesn't look BIG to IBM. That is a common problem with large companies. When you have revenues of $40B to $100B no one thing...
  • Blog Post: More OPML experiments

    Two cool OPML experiments I've come across this morning and wanted to point out. OPML Cloud The first is OPML Cloud , an Alex Bosworth creation. This OPML Cloud is an html + Ajax rendering of the Web 2.0 Workgroup OPML file : The grey represents the start of a blog (it's title) and the...
  • Blog Post: Here's an OPMLish podcast for you

    Here's an OPMLish podcast for you, recorded tonight with me , Joshua Porter , Adam Green and John Tropea . It's all about the draft OPML 2.0 spec and a few other things thrown in such as structured blogging, OPML tools, namespaces and microformats. We had Adam along today as he's been experimenting...
  • Blog Post: 'the OPML sketch of who I am and how I got here'

    As I've already mentioned, I had the pleasure of meeting a certain gentleman by the name of Dennis E. Hamilton earlier this week. He's a fascinating chap. As we were talking it became apparent to me he was a true hacker - one of the originals. Dennis started programming in 1958 while working at Boeing...
  • Blog Post: Annotated Reading List

    As Matt Terenzio has noticed, Adam Green is playing with some dynamically generated OPML files he's creating using a variety of services. Adam call the current output an Annotated Reading List . During the development process he discovered some 'undocumented limitations' within the Technorati API...
  • Blog Post: OPML 2.0

    Dave Winer announces a draft OPML 2.0 spec for review: "Today the public review of OPML 2.0 begins, with the publication of the DRAFT spec and the opening of a mail list for the purpose of reviewing the spec." Here's the the draft spec . From the Roadmap: "Version 2.0 will be the last...
  • Blog Post: Aussie tech bloggers - TalkTechBlogs

    Frank Arrigo has been working on a cool little project Down Under. It's called TalkTechBlogs . "This project has been a dream of mine for a while. It provides a single aggregated view of all the local bloggers in the OPML, as well as the ability for bloggers to add/remove them selves from the list...
  • Blog Post: Optimal OPML Browser

    More cool OPML stuff. James Corbett and Adam Green have pointed out a new web-based OPML file browser called Optimal , created by Dan MacTough . I like love it because Optimal: Honours the file hierachy with collapsable outlines Provides links to the RSS / XML file Provides links to the...
  • Blog Post: Just when I thought it was safe not to blog about OPML

    Just when I thought it was safe not to blog about OPML and RSS, along comes Technorati to spoil my sabbatical with their favorites feature. Here are *some* (50) of my favorite blogs/sites . Almost all are webbish / tech-type blogs and sites. Others are adding their favorites too . Now, before...
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