Catégorie: "Media Blog"

Syndication, RSS, RDF and Atom in a Nutshell

Once upon a time, there was a company called Netscape who was investigating a new market: portal sites and content syndication. The idea was simple: a variety of websites produce relevant content in a (nearly) continuous flow. Portals would be designed to aggregate news and content from those sites and present it to the user all in one page…

Thus, Netscape invented a format called RSS, which stood for “Remote Site Syndication". This spec allows content producers to publish their news/content in an “RSS feed” (an XML based document) and content consumers to periodically check those feeds for updates.

When Netscape lost interest in developing portals, they abandonned their original (and complex) RSS 0.9 spec as well as their efforts in creating a more appropriate and simpler version. At that time, UserLand picked up the simpler 0.91 spec and applied it to its blog tools. RSS had become “Really Simple Syndication".

Today, the blogging community still uses RSS extensively: every (serious) blogger publishes an RSS feed of his posts and readers aggregate all their favorites blogs’ feeds in an aggregator. This, of course, makes it more convenient to check for new posts daily on all your favorite blogs…

b2evolution is an example of a blog tool used to publish RSS feeds. SharpReader is an example of a program used to aggregate RSS feeds.

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Blogging Goes Corporate

Via David Watson:

This is the first instance of a training class targeted at businesses who want to use blogging to improve communication.

Blogguer valide

Vous qui êtes un bloggueur militant, ou plus simplement respectueux des standards web, vous avez sûrement un bouton "Valid XHTML" quelque part sur votre page de blog...

Mais prenez vous vraiment le temps, à chaque fois que vous postez, de valider la nouvelle page afin d'être sûr qu'aucune faute de frappe n'est venue entâcher un code si pur?

Pire... que se passe-t-il lorsqu'un visiteur peu scrupuleux laisse un commentaire en appliquant son plus beau marquage HTML façon Royco? Bien sûr, vous filtrez certains tags, vous supprimez peut être les tags indésirables, vous refermez peut être même les tags laissés ouverts, mais que faites vous contre un truc du genre <strong href="n'importe nawak"> hello <ul> <blockquote> <li> world </strong> ?

Seule solution: intégrer un validateur XHTML dans votre outil de blog!

b2evolution intègre celà à partir de la version 0.8.2, laquelle sera disponible sous peu. En attendant, si vous voulez, vous pouvez tester le validateur dans la zone de saisie de commentaires du présent post... ;)

Google & BlogNoise: the blogger's responsiblity

We have talked about the annoying BlogNoise problem before. And most bloggers have agreed that Google would probably be smart enough to fix the problem shortly in order to provide a better service to their users.

A great part of the BlogNoise is generated by the fact alone that we - bloggers - have so many unrelated posts/subjects on the same web page. And when we - bloggers - link to each other, we let the indexing robots follow these links and then index a lot of crap at the other end. This is because, most of the time, the permalinks we refer to, just point right into the middle of a monthly archive page with so many different subjects!

I have suggested a technical google-side solution using RSS, but the more I think about it, the more I am getting convinced that it is not Google's job to fix this! It is rather our bloggers' duty to fix this! :!:

We have created crap on the Internet; now we just have to clean up! :!:

The blogger-side solution is actually quite simple: all we need to do is stop using permalinks pointing right into the middle of monthly archives! We need to make the permalinks point to single posts (possibly with comments and trackback). This way, when someone refers to the post, and later the indexing robot follows the link, it will only index a single post. And all the keywords being indexed will actually be related to that post! No more indexing soup mixing hundreds of unrelated keywords from dozens of unrelated posts!

Still, some questions remain:

  • What happens with the old permalinked posts?
  • How do we exclude navigation from indexing? (this is actually a general question about indexing the web)
  • And last but not least: Do bloggers actually want clean indexing? >:> Or rather, do they prefer to continue flattering themselves with all those illegitimate search-result-hits that so easily rocket up their monthly hit counts? :?: And it's even better when you consider unique visitors! 8|

    Let me add that this is very contradictory with another typical blogger trend stating, in the name of interoperability and public's interest, that the only valid markup is the latest XHTML DTD!

PS: I like interop. I like standards. I am doing my best to support them. And I AM working on cleaning up my permalinks. I'll get less google hits... but hits don't matter! What you want from now on is increasing your google-hit satisfaction ratio! You want no more visitors coming to your blog by mistake! :P

Ultimate weblogging system, outlined

( via Karl: )

The ultimate Weblogging system, outlined by mpt: some interesting thoughts I have to check back on later for this weblog. But the outline is far from complete. There's much more you may want from your weblog tool, e-g: a clean online editor, standards compliance, statistics, feedback - comments, trackback, etc... all available through RSS... and more.

Yeah I want more! I want so much more!!!

That's my problem... :roll: