Gillmor Gang: Bluetooth Nipple Rings

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The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — demonstrate once again a complete disregard for the trending topics of the week. Instead, we talk bodyware, iBeam fashion design, the things that are still dead, and a healthy component of digital dish disguised as news.

Excerpt from the live chat stream:

Most people think they use tech for rational reasons, Steve. Your observation is what’s going on beneath those reasons. – Tom Guarriello
push notifications? idk thats steve’s default answer ha – Matthew Voshell
with the free market there is always going to be multiple channels. like multiple carriers – Matthew Voshell
You’re asking for a Message Blender. – Murray Macdonald
Twitter is just the subject line of email. DM is just email. It’s all just email done differently. – Todd Hoff
I love these end-of-show wrapups by Steve. It’s like, OK I’ve listened to all this shit. This is what’s really going on. – Amyloo
Why can I hear Doc Now? What changed? – Murray Macdonald
he shut down lightroom – Matthew Voshell

@stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @dsearls, @kteare, @jtaschek

Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor

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October 20th 2013 RSS, video

Gillmor Gang: Interdependence Day

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The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — marvel at the mutually assured creation of a partnership between Larry Ellison’s Oracle and Marc Benioff’s Salesforce.com. Few would have predicted such a stunning partnership just a few years ago, but the crescendoing intersection of cloud, social, and mobile has borne sudden fruit.

The only constant is change. Google Reader’s demise gives way to @borthwick’s Digg Reader, seeds @scobleizer’s Flipboard magazines, and tracks the proliferation of a shiny new red Glass to replace Robert’s original accessory. Managing the tweet notifications can quickly overrun the Twitter for Glass app, but we’re living in a material world where the innovation surge of the last few years is now ripe for absorbing. Gentle men and women, start your engines.

@stevegillmor, @borthwick, @scobleizer, @kteare, @kevinmarks

Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor

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June 30th 2013 RSS, video

Reeder, gReader & Other Popular Feed Reading Apps Partner With Feedly Ahead Of Google Reader Shutdown

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In less than a month, Google Reader will shut down for good, according to the countdown timer on Digg.com, a company now in the process of building a replacement. For end users, the loss is one of a simple, fast and powerful front-end for browsing news feeds, but for developers working on apps in the RSS ecosystem, it means something even worse: the end of access to the Reader API. Today, Feedly is offering an alternative.

Having recently emerged as one of the more serious contenders to pick up where Google Reader left off, the company has announced partnerships with several RSS app developers, including ReederPressNextgen ReaderNewsify and gReader, which will move to support the Feedly API before the Google Reader API is shut down. What that means for end users relying on these apps is that the app makers will be able to seamlessly transition their users to a new backend ahead of Google Reader’s impending shutdown.

The API is part of Feedly’s “Normandy” project, which is focused on cloning the Reader API and is now running on Google’s App Engine platform. The Normandy backend will also power Feedly’s own app ecosystem, including its apps for iOS, Android, Chrome, Safari and Firefox. When Normandy was first revealed, the company fielded more than 100 developer requests, but only those app makers listed above were offered the initial invites. A second batch is now in the works.

In addition to news of the API partners, Feedly also offered a brief update on progress, detailing the top requests coming from users on its support forum. The company says it has new dev and operations staff on hand to help it focus on improvements to Feedly’s speed, which is a top request. Users are also asking for better search, a web-only version, support for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, improved group sharing, and more.

The company also touted its tools for publishers, and Feedly button for websites – other indications of the startup’s intent to build more than an online Reader replacement, but rather help re-seed the RSS ecosystem with the necessary tools.

Since the Google announcement, several alternatives have stepped up to fill the void, including startups like NewsBlur, NetNewsWire, “The Old Reader,” Feedbin, Digg and more. Many, however, only have an online interface, not a lineup of apps, an API and the other tools that make for a viable alternative to what Google Reader once provided. Digg, however, is now backed by betaworks, and may have the resources to deliver. It has now moved code to production servers ahead of wider testing. But Feedly has been at this game for much longer, so it has a big head start.

Several weeks ago, Feedly announced that 3 million users had joined since the Reader shutdown announcement from Google. It says now that 68 percent of users who try the service now convert to weekly actives.

June 4th 2013 RSS

Gillmor Gang: It’s Alright, Bob

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The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Danny Sullivan, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — convened with Gillmor in Boston and the Gang in California. We took another cut at the Google Reader damage, with @dannysullivan hating on notifications and @scobleizer hating on Android’s notifications. Did I say I told him so? Yes I did.

But the mere fact we spent so much time on the stream’s destruction of Windows and RSS proved the point all along (for me since 2009). Namely, that the new platform is the stream, and the resulting multiplexed meritocracy of the combined social and messaging networks is where the developers will go. As Dylan said, “even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.”

@stevegillmor, @dannysullivan, @scobleizer, @kevinmarks

Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor

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March 24th 2013 Android, RSS, video

Gillmor Gang: Attention Surplus Disorder

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The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — enjoys a week of actual tech news for the first time in quite a while. Samsung’s latest big screen phone comes with a suite of Android add-ons, some of which tickle @scobleizer’s shiny bone while making it clear his rationale for switching to Android has more to do with pocketing his Google Glass base station.

@dbfarber rejects the notion Google will take over our eyeballs with Glass; everybody will have a say in this wearable moment. @kevinmarks sees Google moving toward unification of web and Android in Andy Rubin’s resignation, and @kteare sticks with me on Apple’s Strategy of Doing Nothing strategy. That bulge in my pocket remains iOS, or are you just glad to see me.

@stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @dbfarber, @kteare, @kevinmarks

Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor

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March 17th 2013 RSS, video

Digg: We’re Building a Reader to Replace Google Reader

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If you were wondering which RSS reader is going to step up and fill the void left when Google yanks Google Reader out from under us on July 1st, Digg has your answer.

It’s Digg. The answer is Digg.

On their blog, Digg has just announced plans to build a reader to replace Google Reader both in function, and in our hearts.

The news aggregation site says that RSS isn’t dead yet , and it’s worth saving. Apparently, Digg has had plans to build its own reader for some time, planning to start the project in the second half of 2013. But Google’s announcement that they were canning their own Reader has forced Digg to “move the project to the top of their priority list.” Work on the new reader begins today.

According to Digg, the reader will be comparable to, if not mimic Google Reader – even down to the API.

“We hope to identify and rebuild the best of Google Reader’s features (including its API), but also advance them to fit the Internet of 2013, where networks and communities like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit and Hacker News offer powerful but often overwhelming signals as to what’s interesting. Don’t get us wrong: we don’t expect this to be a trivial undertaking. But we’re confident we can cook up a worthy successor,” says Digg.

Digg? Why not Digg? Someone has to step up. There are plenty of Google Reader alternatives out there right now, such as Newsblur, Feedly, FeedReader, and Bloglines. Plus, there are those magazine-style readers that kind of work like an RSS reader – we’re talking things like Flipboard or Pulse. But Digg, even having seen some troubled times over the past few years, has that name recognition. We’ll be anxious to see what they come up with.

March 15th 2013 Google, RSS, Technology

I’ve Turned Full Feeds Back On

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The post I’ve Turned Full Feeds Back On appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.

I heard you all, and I just made my RSS feed full text and images again. Thanks for all your feedback, and we’ll just have to live with the fraudsters. Till we don’t. Which will probably be never!

The post I’ve Turned Full Feeds Back On appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.

March 10th 2013 RSS

An Apology To My RSS Readers – But I Had To Do It.

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If you’re a fan of this site, you’re also probably a fan of RSS – a once-ascendant technology that has been on most everyone’s deathwatch for five or so years. According to Google’s (almost totally outdated) Feedburner service, nearly 450,000 people subscribe to this blog via RSS – although the number of you who actually [...]
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(For the full story please click over to my site. Fraudsters have been ripping off my full text feed, so I had to do this. So sorry)

February 23rd 2013 RSS

2 Videos: How to Make Your RSS Feed More Profitable

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Are you distributing your RSS feed the ‘right way’?

The wrong way is to publish only excerpts of your blog posts, with a link to the article inviting the reader to ‘read the full article at ____”. Folks subscribe to your and others’ feeds to get all the content they want from one source, i.e. Google Reader. Therefore, when you post only excerpts, your blog gets far less traffic than it otherwise would.

On the other hand, when you distribute your feed the ‘right way’ and allow the entire contents of individual blog posts to be posted to Google and other feed readers, chances are that you are losing visitors to your blog as well.

Losing traffic means loss of revenue — never a happy outcome.

One way to entice readers to visit your blog is to make sure that you include links within and at the end of your posts to encourage them to read more.

Another way to bring readers of your feed back to your blog is to use software designed to enhance the feed.

Watch the video below to see how it works on my feed.

I’ve been using “Bring My Blog Visitors Back” by MaxBlogPress for the past month and have seen a increase in the number of visits from the feed to both new articles as well as some of the older posts on my blog.

That’s because the plugin’s functionality allows you to:

  • Display related posts… as well as…
  • Display social icons,
  • Display Number of Comments,
  • Display Latest User Comment,
  • Display header and footer text/banners,
  • Display copyright notice

All those feed extras almost guarantee that readers will click one of those links to visit your blog.

MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors Back is a powerful WordPress Plugin that offers you more flexibility and control over the RSS feeds, enticing your RSS readers to visit your blog without slightest annoyance and at the same time, adds value and increases readership of the blog.

Note: The plugin will be made available for sale on July 12th, 2012 at 9AM Eastern. For the early access waiting list, please go to Bring My Blog Visitors Back and signup.

If you’d like to learn more about the plugin and how a straight RSS Feed might be ripping off your visitors, please watch The Dark Side of RSS video.

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July 10th 2012 RSS

New Feeds For Searchblog

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Pardon the site-specific interruption, but as part of my ongoing quest to keep my content here on my own site, I’ve begun posting pictures of stuff here that I’d otherwise put on Instagram, Twitter or other services. Given that many of you read Searchblog for my trenchant commentary as opposed to my preferences in pinots, I promised you that I’d create new RSS feeds. Well, here they are!

You’ve got a lot of choices – Everything (all photos and posts), Everything But Photos, Headlines Only, and Photos Only.

Many thanks to the team at Blend for helping me make this happen.

Enjoy!



May 16th 2012 RSS