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Tuesday, February 10, 2004



RSS explained

This is nice. And it's probably the most concise and matter-of-fact explication of what this whole rss/blog thing is all about (I definitely like this site):
The whole point of these blog things, once you get over the diary/journal aspect of it-- everything is a journal, move on-- is that they make it easy to spread ideas around.

Traditionally, ideas were spread around the Internet by search engines. Googlebot would come and index your site, and make the results available to the search form on their homepage.

But that's not very distributed. So a whole slew of really clever folks have spent the last decase devising technologies to foster the automated spread of ideas, things like RSS newsfeeds, RDF metadata, and XML-RPC publishing (the "Blogger API", for instance). I'm sure there are others, but those are what I've been paying attention to.
Does this sound great or what? Of course it also assumes that you have ideas to spread. Which might not be the case, necessarily :-0





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