On Technology


Services Like FeedXS to Reinvent Blogging?

FeedXS

Oth­er than it’s bold ORANGE col­or, FeedXS launched yes­ter­day. A Nether­land-based com­pa­ny,

FeedXS gives every­one in the world and every busi­ness its own per­son­al feed. By cre­at­ing a feed, every­one who sub­scribes to your feed, will always be on top of your lat­est news.

It’s total­ly FREE!

Mean­while, while this looks like a promis­ing web appli­ca­tion, I won­der how it will effect the Blo­gos­phere. By read­ing the Per­son­al Feeds tour sec­tion, I under­stand that you pret­ty much just add entries and pub­lish them to your feed. Some­what like the work­flow on Blogger.com (or any blog­ging tool) but instead of pub­lish­ing your lat­est entry on a web­page, it updates/appends your lat­est entry to the feed.

Will we see a decrease in blog-site cre­ation in the future because of ser­vices like FeedXS? Peo­ple are always want­i­ng to take the easy route. I see this as one of those things. But, blog­gers are a dif­fer­ent class of their own. They seem to want every­thing they cre­ate and write under their com­plete con­trol; for me at least. Also, what would hap­pen to those blog­gers who get some cheese by writ­ing great con­tent (i.e. Om Malik, Andy Budd and Michael Arring­ton to name the least)?

Inter­ac­tion. What willl hap­pen to the com­mu­ni­ca­tion that blogs thrive on between the author and his/her read­ers? I guess this is a draw­back. Instead of just post­ing a com­ment on the entry page of the post, one will have to click on the entry’s archive page URL; that’s even if the author has a site. I guess I just see this prod­uct as a one-way ser­vice. Even though it’ll be easy for every­one to pub­lish an RSS feed, it does not pro­vide the read­ers a way to give a way to send feed­back or thoughts back to the author. Or does it?

SearchFox Bites the Dust

I just got an email from Este­ban Kozak, Prod­uct Man­ag­er of Search­Fox, with the fol­low­ing sad news:

Search­Fox will shut down on Jan­u­ary 25, 2006

Thanks for all your help in mak­ing Search­Fox what it is. We have enjoyed pro­vid­ing this ser­vice, and hope that you have enjoyed using it. Please export all of your links and an OPML file with your RSS sources before the site shuts down. In accor­dance with our pri­va­cy pol­i­cy, we will delete all per­son­al infor­ma­tion on Jan­u­ary 25 after we shut down the ser­vices.

This came as a com­plete sur­prise to me. Noth­ing in the blo­gos­phere sig­naled it’s per­il or what have you. Oh man, I guess it’s back to News­ga­tor for me till I find anoth­er web-based RSS-read­er that can do the job the way Search­Fox did it.

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Linkage Finds Interesting Treasures for the Mind

One of the “weak­ness­es” that I have (oth­er than a suck­er for FREE food) would prob­a­bly be the fact that I like to learn a lot of new things. How can this be a weak­ness? Well, it’s kind of like play­ing sports. You would like to get into each sport you see on TV or the ones that your peers love to play. By doing so, you get to become a great ath­lete. How­ev­er, a down­side to that would be you not being able to become a great play­er of a par­tic­u­lar sport. Now, this might not be true for every­thing and every­one but col­lec­tive­ly, it is.

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My Yahoo! Mail Beta is Coming Soon

Yahoo! Mail Beta Invitation

Well, after weeks of eager­ly wait­ing to test-dri­ve the new Yahoo! Mail Beta, I was so exd to find that “it is com­ing soon.” Yes! I got an email say­ing that my long-await­ed invite would be—“coming soon.”

What the heck was that? Now, this might just be me, but isn’t this like ruin­ing a sur­prise? It’s like: “I just want to let you know that your friends and fam­i­ly, and Uncle Robert (who flew all the way from across the world and whom you haven’t seen in a decade) will be sur­pris­ing you lat­er tonight. So act sur­prise.” Know what I mean?!?!

I’m all thank­ful and all but com­mon. I have been wait­ing for a long time now to be sur­prised by an invite email in my Inbox, but only to find out and be “sur­prised” via a noti­fi­ca­tion. Oh gosh darn it. “You won a mil­lion dol­lars. Now pass GO and col­lect your Monop­oly mon­ey.”

Yahoo! Mail Team—I am sur­prised and grate­ful that my “place in line is secure” but no need to ruin the great sur­prise =) Any­ways, I can’t wait to try out the prod­uct. I’ve been hear­ing a lot of inter­est­ing reviews about it. It’ll be great to see it first hand, and do some func­tion­al com­par­i­son between it, the old/recent ver­sion of Yahoo! Mail and Gmail.

From my mind to yours, you are about to read this sentence—be sur­prised! Sur­prise!

Protopage Reboots

protopage-v2

Pro­topage just seems to keep get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. Late­ly, they updat­ed to ver­sion 2.0. That’s “2.0” as in “Web 2.0”—HA! *snick­er* OK. I admit, it’s still too ear­ly on the week for such fool­ish word­ings but all is fair in the land of web tech­nol­o­gy and blog­ging.

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