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What better way to understand how RSS is shaping the way we share information than by using RSS to share (RSS) information? It's sort of a house of mirrors thing.


RSS: Real advantage for marketing and PR
" published a pretty sharp analysis on 13 August of the threat to traditional marketing and PR activity that business blogs present. What's especially interesting about the article is its commentary on RSS, which gives clear advantages to marketing and PR departments in how they can change their communication models."

Will Medtronic be listed in the Feedless Hall of Shame?
Webfeeds are soon going to be ubiquitous. My suggestion: let's get out in front and lead our industry (i.e., grow and transform our business) in this area.

RSS attracts really serious money
"RSS is at the edge of a huge acceleration in adoption," he said. "The early users have been bloggers, which have clearly exploded geometrically.... The next adopters are online content publishers. Corporations are starting to use the technology. This is where it will go mainstream. The novelty factor has clearly worn off. We're now shifting into a mode where folks are looking for and extracting value from the platform."

RSS feed integration in Firefox
Livemarks allow you to bookmark an RSS feed and these appear as bookmark folders, with individual items in the feed appearing as bookmarks. Just click on the "bookmark" and you will be taken to the page the item in the RSS feed is pointing to.

Bloglines improves
Bloglines, my favorite online webfeed reader, is celebrating its first birthday by offering several new features.

Track your FedEx packages with RSS
It's not an official offering from FedEx yet, but somebody has scraped together the code that's necessary to enable you to track your packages via RSS.

Surf's down as more netizens turn to RSS for browsing
"Newsreader" software continues to improve, allowing infowarriors better ways to find and assemble what they are looking for on the Web. RSS may be to the Web what TiVo was to TV. J.D. Lasica reviews the latest tools.

What Are Webfeeds (RSS), and Why Should You Care?
Wondering what in the world an RSS feed is? Here's a recently updated (May 2004) tutorial.

The beginnings of RSS feed metrics
FeedBurner is an RSS/Atom post-processing service that allows publishers to enhance their feeds in a variety of interesting and powerful ways. By republishing their feeds through FeedBurner, publishers gain detailed feed statistics, maximum feed format compatibility, "shockproofing" to absorb bandwidth spikes, and more. FeedBurner is still in pre-alpha release.

About syndication, RSS, and other Web-altering chemicals
If you're new to RSS and syndication on the web, we hope this page offers a straightforward exploration of the purpose and promise these changes bring to Internet publishing and browsing as you know it now.

How to read RSS feeds
RSS feeds bring automatically updated information straight to your desktop. You can monitor news, job listings, personals, and classifieds. More and more sites offer feeds, which you can identify by a small button that says either RSS or XML. However, if you click one of these links, you will most likely get a page full of code in your browser. To properly read the feed, you need an RSS reader, and we're going to tell you how to use one. For this article, we will use FeedDemon, a top-notch RSS reader that includes some very useful features.

More RSS feed-reader choices for Mac users
Overviews of PulpFiction and Shrook (not to be confused with Shrek)...

Some more reviews of RSS readers
Users review RSS readers...

PC World reviews RSS readers
Pros, cons, and comments on 18 RSS readers...

RSS in the online news space
Attitudes to RSS by online news editors/product managers...

Would a big media company lose traffic if they supported RSS?
"Think of the feeds as alternatives to the home page your site..." By one of the founders of RSS technology.

RSS within PowerPoint
Not sure yet when I would use this, but I think I'll sleep better tonight just knowing it's possible.

New project management tool from 37 Signals
Basecamp is a web-based tool that lets you manage projects (or simply ideas) and quickly create client/project extranets. And it uses RSS to pass information between users.

RSS for internal communications
My expertise is 'line of business' systems - with particular attention to sales, marketing and business intelligence applications. RSS is potentially a new way of delivering decision support to user communities...