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Published: Thu, 05 May 2011 18:51:37 -0800

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Finding a robust content syndication platform for social media distribution

Thu, 05 May 2011 18:51:37 -0800

Developers and content curators: Help me with some market research. I am trying to find an off-the-shelf solution or to spec out how to develop a solution to the following problem. My organization is looking to setup an internal collection, curation, and distribution system to push multimedia content to hundreds of social media accounts (in dozens of languages) with potentially hundreds of users. Ability to enable push-button publishing via Facebook, Twitter, and other APIs through a plug-in architecture. Sound interesting? Read on. Development environment/platform is flexible--I just want to know what's out there or how this could be accomplished. Desire is to be able to create multimedia content streams around various themes, either created in-house (hosted on public-facing website) or linked from third-party sites. Must be able to target tagged content to dashboards based on user groups and individual preferences. Oh, and it's got to be able to spit out statistics as to who posts what content to which social media accounts and when. Heck, and knowing how many likes, comments, @comments, retweets, etc. would be useful too but not necessary. Pointing me to other forums or resources that could help give me a sense of how to further spec out a solution would be appreciated as well.

I'd like to cause newspapers to lose revenuve faster...

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 14:45:17 -0800

Which quality newspapers and other news services provide full-text RSS feeds? I'm looking for a world, national, and also sources specific to California news and politics. Alternatively, what are some MacGyver-style ways to make a full-text RSS feed for my current favorites? Some exemplary source I've seen are the Sacramento Bee, NY Times, and of course - Metafilter. I've found a site called Feedcry which does offer some full-text feeds for Bloomberg and the WSJ which is great. But, I'm looking for more. Thanks much.

Car column possible?

Thu, 16 Apr 2009 22:19:20 -0800

What resources are there for getting a car column into a local paper. This question isn't so much about me as it is for my father. He works in the auto industry as a service manager at a local dealership. He came to me today asking about starting a web page which would answer individual car questions, debunking myths, etc. After discussing many options we came to a conclusion that what our local paper needed was a column that dealt with just this issue. It would be similar to an "Ask Amy" column but for cars, kind of like Click and Clack (If you listen to NPR). My questions are:

1) Is this realistic?

2) How should he prepare a proposal to submit to our local paper?

3) Are there any resources which provide information on starting your own column?

We live in a town with about 100,000 residents, most of which commute to the nearby city central.

Why do shows look different when rerun on different networks?

Sun, 27 Jul 2008 19:44:29 -0800

Do television networks, cable or otherwise, have a "color signature" so to speak. I am looking for an explanation to a phenomenon that I see when a television show changes network, be it for syndication, relocation, etc.. I've noticed that when a tv show gets reruns shown on a cable network, or it enters syndication, whenever I see the second run episodes they just seem.. different somehow. Aside from editing for time and content, is there an explanation for this or is it purely psychosomatic?

Specifically, I am thinking of when Mr. Show moved and had occasional reruns on TBS and Comedy Central, the show just looked fundamentally different then it did when it was on HBO. The color pallet was dulled, it just appeared different in a way bigger then the new footprint logo in the corner.

Help me identify a 70's-80's home repair show

Thu, 13 Mar 2008 21:50:48 -0800

TV FILTER: I am looking for the name of a 70s-80s home repair/gardening TV show, and the female host's name. I used to watch the show, in syndication, on local Seattle TV in the early 80s. I believe the show was made in Canada, but maybe the US. The hostess was a thin woman with light brown hair and the shows premise was that she was a housewife working on her house and garden while the husband was away. They had a dog. She would have sections on the show showing how to pot plants, change light bulbs, grout tile, etc....

How do I create a page full of feeds?

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 14:22:19 -0800

Are there any simple sites that will help me combine a bunch of (RSS) feeds into a new page? I'm gonna be teaching my mother (and eventually other teachers) how they can blog and use wikis etc. I'll also be teaching her how quickly share links with others using or Google Notebook, and share interesting items from Google Reader/Bloglines. The problem is that all these things produce different feeds, and it'd be nice if she could have a page that she can set up that combines all the feeds into a single dynamic page that's constantly updating as she tags new stuff. All the different tools are useful in their own way - a blog for her own thoughts/opinions, Notebook for sharing pages and snippets, Reader for sharing other blog posts, but none have a simple way to combine together to form a 'super-feed'.

I realise there are many many ways to do this:
yahoo pipes

But I need something with the simplicity of all the other tools I've mentioned. There has to be no setup, it's got to be free, and hosted. I thought I might be able to use Google Pages, or blogger, but neither let you pull in a feed and combine it with other feeds as new content.

I look forward to hearing if anyone has found something like this - I don't even know what phrases to Google with.

Stop the repetition!

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 09:42:01 -0800

My blog seems to be 'reposting' its feed regularly. Why, and how do I stop it? I read a number of blogs through Live Journal's syndication mechanism and periodically, they seem to 'resyndicate' a million posts from a particular blog. That is, I see a dozen old posts all at once as if they were brand new. I've always assumed that this happens if the blog owner somehow edits old posts, and although I know that can happen (I check my own blog through the LJ syndication, and have seen specific individual old posts reappear if I edit them), yesterday my entire blog 'reposted', and I hadn't changed anything at all. My blog is hosted by blogger.

I use LJ as a feed reader because it gives me access to some real-life friend's 'locked' private entries.

There is nothing on the help pages of either Blogger or LiveJournal that explains this issue.

My questions:
1) Why is this happening?
2) Does this problem happen with other feed-readers?
3) How can I stop this from happening?
4) Or, at the least, is the problem located with my blog (on blogger) or with the LJ's syndication function?


Sensible Syndication Suggestions?

Tue, 06 Feb 2007 10:01:56 -0800

What's the best way to get my weekly comic strip syndicated? I've been doing my strip Grumbles for the last 2 1/2 years, but end up doing a lot of work for publication in just 1 newspaper. I guess that's the definition of a labor of love.

Does anyone have any marketing suggestions? So far I have sent promotional postcards to the major alt-newsweeklies (the market for this strip, I think...), as well as a tasteful, and hopefully not too obtrusive mass email to editors and art directors of that same select list. I'm guessing the next step involves cold calls, but would appreciate any suggestions from any marketing geniuses out there.

Thanks in advance.

How does syndication work?

Sun, 05 Nov 2006 09:44:56 -0800

How do syndication fees for TV shows like The Simpsons work? Does every episode cost the same to show? Or is it priced by season? Or by episode? Do the good ones cost more to show than the bad ones? Or the new ones more than the old ones?

Where to find a "lost" episode of Bonanza?

Fri, 07 Jul 2006 19:38:20 -0800

I'm trying to track down a copy of a 7th-season episode of "Bonanza" where Emperor Norton made an appearance. It's not a "lost" episode, as such; just an episode that isn't in the rotation at TVLand. According to my Tivo and The Hallmark Channel, they played this episode this morning. According to TV Guide, Bonanza doesn't air on the Hallmark channel. And what the Tivo caught this morning wasn't Bonanza. This episode isn't on any of the Bonanza DVDs which have been released, and the only time it's come up in the Tivo listings in the last three years has been this one supposed showing this morning.

I don't suppose anyone here happens to live in an area where the Hallmark channel does play Bonanza, and also happens to have taped it? Or know where I might find a copy?

Blogs: Best syndication standard for a newsfeed?

Tue, 02 May 2006 09:38:56 -0800

Blog syndication: What standard (RSS, Atom, etc.) is best for syndicating full blog post contents? My blog has a simple RSS 0.91 feed with descriptions of blog entries. My system is hand-rolled - a PHP script rewrites the XML file with MySQL content for every new entry (I want to keep it this way and not use external feed services).

Now I want to publish the full contents of each entry to people's newsreaders, not just short descriptions. I'm stumped about what kind of feed to offer and what problems I might run into, though.

What standard should I use - RSS, Atom, both, other?
Are there any special character issues I should keep an eye out for? Can anyone recommend any resources online for more reading?

How can I find syndicated shows from the start?

Sat, 08 Apr 2006 09:50:01 -0800

Is there a site that lists when shows in syndication are being run in order from the first episode? The goal is to get a TiVo season pass and watch the episodes in order. Spike TV just finished running Deep Space 9 from the start (word to the wise, they're rebooting on Monday with the pilot episode) which I'd never gotten into before because I had no idea WTF was going on, but because my season pass caught the pilot episode first, I really got into it.

I am looking to find more series I can watch from the start, but can't find TV listings that show me what I'm looking for. Ideally I'd like to find shows that have multi-episode (or even multi-season) stories; there's no point in seeing The Simpsons in order.

I typically miss shows like Lost or Alias that might be good, but because I don't get in on the ground floor they're inaccessible. No, I don't have a Netflix account, but I'm aware that's a pretty common way to get shows from the start.

Whither Paul and George? (not the Beatles...)

Mon, 23 Jan 2006 14:24:46 -0800

Law and Order: TOS: TNT runs approximately a million episodes a week. Why do they never show espisodes from pre-1992? (Episodes with Paul Sorvino and/or George Dzundza as Chris Noth's first partners) There must be a good reason -- Paul and George don't seem to be sharing in the gravy train that is residuals...

How does copyright law work with RSS feeds? Can they be republished?

Mon, 14 Nov 2005 19:52:08 -0800

What are the legal implications of re-publishing full-text entries from another site's RSS feed? Planet sites do it for mostly legitimate purposes, and spam-logs do it for, well, spammy purposes. But are there any laws that apply? The US copyright code doesn't assume the information is already freely available on the internet, so it seems like a grey area. It seems as if the proliferation of splogs on the internet is largely dependent on content scraped from other sites’ RSS feeds. Many splogs are hosted on their own domains, and domains must be owned by someone. If they are stealing content from other sites, their owners can be held responsible. But only if it’s actually illegal to repost the content.

How do you license content that is intended to be aggregated, without allowing it to be splogged?

And do you need permission to aggregate a feed on a planet site?

We need a set of licenses that will allow people to subscribe to RSS feeds in web-based readers, but not to republish posts on their splogs. Any legal eagles out there willing to tackle this one? Do any of the CreativeCommons licenses cover RSS in this way? BoingBoing had a rant on the BBC's restrictive/ridiculous TOS for their RSS feeds a while back, but not much legal clarity.

Syndication Security Problem

Sun, 13 Nov 2005 04:47:00 -0800

SystemFilter: As mentioned before, I have a sudoku website, where I host tons of puzzles that I have generated. I am in the midst of writing a system to syndicate these puzzles, so anybody can embed my puzzles and solver in their site by using a bit of JS code (similar to google adsense). I've got a bit of a security problem that I can't quite solve... My system is quite similar to the way AdSense works, and I've got quite far already. You setup your syndication account and get given a snippet of JS, and a unique ID, to load the puzzle into your site. Each user will get a few hundred puzzles per day for free, so it's mainly targetted at small website operators.

Here's the pinch. Because it's a block of JS code, I could go to X's website, copy the JS code, embed it in another site (client Y) and syndicate puzzles to that site, using X's client ID. Client X only has 250 puzzles per day and they're getting used by client Y, who is effectively stealing them from client X, so client X is getting hard done by. How can I prevent this?

The actual solver component is flash, so I can embed some intelligence in that, or customise it quite easily for each client. Perhaps making the solver check against what URL it is supposed to syndicate puzzles to? I don't believe in security through obscurity, so I would prefer something that is simple and transparent.

NYT Circumvention filter

Thu, 15 Sep 2005 09:46:38 -0800

How can I circumvent the NYT Op-ed wall? The New York Times will shortly begin charging for access to its op-ed columnists. I have no interest in paying for access to them, because they are not worth the cost to me. However, it would be nice to be able to read them on occasion without having to pay out.

So. It occurs to me that most (all?) of the columnists-- John Tierney, Maureen Dowd, Tom Friedman, David Brooks, Paul Krugman, Nick Kristof, Bob Herbert, and Frank Rich-- are probably syndicated in other papers, and that at least some of those papers probably put their content online for free (with or without registration).

Thus, first of all does anybody know if my hunch is correct, and second of all does anybody know where to find get access to each, any, or all of these columnists online but away from the Times's site?

[Oh, and finally, don't bother scolding that it is somehow bad to try to acquire for free what the Times wants to sell, but if you think there is a cognizable legal argument that this post or replies to it violate the DMCA, feel free to speak up.]

Generate an RSS feed from flat files?

Thu, 15 Sep 2005 09:18:13 -0800

I'd like to generate an RSS feed from flat files in a directory. A friend of mine has a fairly popular site that has articles he's written, and he creates each page from a template, by hand. He'd like to create an RSS feed, but since he doesn't use any automated CMS tools he needs something that can look at a directory, generate a summary, and create an RSS feed, with new entries receiving the timestamp of the file.

I know Blosxom will do this, but are there other tools that are better / different / shinier that you'd recommend? The requirements are: either CGI or PHP, no database, and a fairly simple install, although simple operation is more important.

RSS aggregator idiot

Wed, 24 Aug 2005 12:00:26 -0800

Can you help a guy out getting started on using RSS feeds? I've been looking today at options for RSS aggregators, and I'm either missing some way of configuring them, or I'm missing the point. Taking the Sage Firefox extension, or bloglines, as an example (although I've played with a couple of standalone java apps as well) they seem to have a fairly common interface: some tree on the left side where one can see that there are, say, 4 new MeFi FPP's, then click on the MeFi tree item to see them. Is that as good as it gets? i.e. is the only possible advantage over simply clicking through my bookmarks the fact that I see beforehand whether there are new items or not?

What I suppose I'm hoping for is something that will make some intelligent guesses (whether Bayesian or simply keyword driven) about which items I'm likely to be interested in and put them in a list for me over on the right side -- so that I have in front of me a list of what the reader thinks I'll be most interested in: these two from MefI, this one from BoingBoing, and so on. Am I just an idiot who needs to look more closely at the configuration options?

Do independent television stations still exist?

Sun, 17 Jul 2005 07:31:55 -0800

Do independent television stations still exist? While surfing through television channels with a little VHF/UHF antenna I came to realize that every broadcast station on the dial is either a network affiliate (ABC, CBS, etc.), an all-religious or all-infomercial channel, a flavor of PBS, or localized Univision.

Are there still little independent television stations out there that get by on syndicated programming and local shows that the station itself produces? Or are these stations largely a thing of the past?

How to publish my RSS feed on a friend's website?

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 21:50:56 -0800

A friend wants to include headlines from my website on his site. Is there a simple way for him to publish headlines as links using my RSS feed, preferably without the branding of a third party service? My friend is expecting some heavy traffic over the next year due to a DVD promotion he is doing. He wants to supplement the instructional content of his site with news content from mine. I don't have the programming chops to understand parsing solutions, so I just get completely confused when researching how to do this. I'm looking for a cut/paste solution where I can fill in some easy details.