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    RSS Metrics & Reporting

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    Danny commented on this post , and sensibly makes the point: " It's not altogether clear what kind of metrics you are looking for ." So, to clarify...I'm asking for: an agreement on the key metrics that marketers (and anyone interested) can use...
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    French football players failed a drugs test

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    It's just been reported that one of the French football players failed a drugs test after the England match. If this is confirmed as positive, under UEFA rules, France will forfeit the match to their opponents, England. Scroll down for the full transcript...
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    Firefox's Share of Browser Market Grows 34 Percent in One Month

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    WebSideStory: " Firefox's Share of Browser Market Grows 34 Percent in One Month" "Firefox has made significant gains and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer’s usage share continues to fall in the United States. Between Nov. 5 and Dec. 3, Internet Explorer’s...
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    Why RSS matters in the marketing world

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    After spending over 5 months researching the subject of RSS marketing, Rok Hrastnik has finally released his new e-book, 'Unleash the Marketing & Publishing Power of RSS' . Why RSS Matters in the Marketing World The reason this guide matters and will...
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    Unusable RSS ads, courtesy of Jacob Nielsen

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    Thanks Jacob, I really wanted this is life insurance ad in my RSS reader when I subscribed to your Alertbox RSS feed powered by 'News is Free' (but at a cost): "Up to $250,000 in life insurance with inexpensive rates. Highly advanced life insurance system...
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    Cricket update: my condolences to the Aussies

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    Thankfully, we scraped through , 2-1 in Ashes - the greatest contest in cricket - with one to play. If we hadn't won, I think I would have joined the local Flying Spaghetti Monsterism movement and start worshiping the noodles. Like Thurya and Adam...
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    Man dies from online addiction

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    This is most bizarre and very sad. A 'new media' 54-year-old addict, unable to take a rest from his online world, has died from from starvation. For the seven weeks prior to his death, he posted comments into one forum or another on an average of...
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    The 'digital lifestyle' is great, if you can get the bloody thing to work.

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    I've held off getting one of these wireless 'Digital Media Receivers'...waiting for the early, early adopters to work through a couple hardware and software generations and therefore not needing a PhD in Networking to get one of these up and running....
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    Jacob Nielsen: what about RSS?

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    Jacob Nielsen's written up a look-back article on the 10th anniversary of his widely read Alertbox column series. Nielsen as succeeded in being the customer advocate regarding the usability of sites, and while I don't always agree with his views, I...
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    Finding the Signal in the Noise: An Attention Gap Analysis

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    Jon Burke at Technology Review has written a short article that reminded me of something I've been meaning to write about for some time now: "While most of these services claim they'll simplify your life by imposing some kind of order on your news...
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    Attention engines - screencast

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    I created a quick screencast to show what I mean by the term ' Attention Engines '. Before I sign out for the night, I wanted to share some quick thoughts on others' recent posts discussing the Attention space. Don Dodge asks : "So, who are...
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    Apps. This is getting quite silly.

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    This is getting quite silly.
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    My data

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    No time to comment on this post by Seth Goldstein , but wanted to point it out: "Is there a legitimate mechanism for me to house my data such that nobody, neither individual, corporate or governmental can access it without my consent?" - Tags...
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    50% of you are sub'd the 'wrong' feed

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    Cori asked me a good question a couple of days ago - Why do I encourage subscribers to sub to this feed of mine, rather than the other default feed the blogware provides? 3 reasons: 1. I can't splice in other feeds from other services I use to into...
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    Starbucks Interactive Cup Brewer (iCup) @ Microsoft

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    The real Microsoft news today is not that Microsoft (and Google) want to dominate the web , nor is it *real* news that Microsoft today announced (along with the likes of BEA, Cisco, IBM and others) a draft of a new specification that describes the modeling...
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    What am I doing at Microsoft?

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    I've not blogged very much (at all) about the new role I started about 8 weeks ago, so I thought it was about time I did. In January, I joined the Data Programmability (DP) product group. My official title is 'Community Program Manager'. What this...
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    Content 2.0 wrap up

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    The Content 2.0 event in London this week was great fun. Most of the focus revolved around user-generated content and 'modern marketing'. The day was kicked off by Marc Canter's energetic preaching on a wide range of topics including Structured Blogging...
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    Software I Use

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    James Governor posted another Declarative Living post , including a link to Alex Bosworth's Software I use page on Swik. For some reason, I thought this was a good idea - I'm bizarrely partial to the documentation of my stuff. Examples include my home...
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    'Imagining the Internet' and Information Overload

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    While driving to and from work today (including a detour for the ubiquitous drive-thru caffeine fix malarkey) I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation downloaded from IT Conversations called 'Imagining the Internet'. Loved it. The presentation...
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    Attention 2.0

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    (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...
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    Visual Studio Express...free!

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    Dan Fernandez, lead product manager for the Visual Studio Express product line has confirmed today that Visual Studio Express (in all its incarnations) will remain free. Excellent move: "You’ve helped make Visual Studio Express a runaway hit, and...
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    Media Center notebook - what would you suggest?

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    Dear reader, I need your help. I'm looking to buy a laptop / notebook as our super-duper Media Center machine at home (omg, did i really just say 'super-duper' ??) . You see, a cute little puppy killed our laptop with a pint of water. ...
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    RSS users worldwide at 275 million? Ubiquitous RSS is almost upon us

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    If you're only going to read one sentence of this post and have the remotest interest in RSS, then take this away with you: the number of RSS users in the UK and US is now at a staggering 72.8 million...worldwide this is 275 million (s ee estimate details...
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    Xbox 360 bundles back in stock at Costco (US)

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    (Update: 2 Oct 2005: Steve just pointed out the Costco offer is now closed.) Happy days. Just ordered my Xbox 360 (a belated birthday present) at Costco . :-) Bundle includes: Xbox 360 Game Console Wireless Controller...
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    Quote of 2005?

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    I think this a gem. Seattle PI reports that Francisco Pinto Balsemao, the head of the European Publishers Council, said: "consumers were drawn online by free content but this needed to change" Isn't that just lovely. A great way to wrap up...
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