#blog


Yahoo! Publisher Network Blog Launches

Just got an announce­ment from YPN that they have launched the Yahoo! Pub­lish­er Net­work Blog.

This blog is intend­ed to be the Yahoo! Pub­lish­er Net­work resource for pub­lish­ers, by pub­lish­ers. In it, you’ll find not only what you might expect from a prod­uct-focused indus­try blog—the lat­est on issues, new releas­es, and tips—but also in-depth how-to’s, pub­lish­er inter­views, indus­try trends, links to arti­cles and oth­er news and infor­ma­tion you can use. You will also, we think, find a com­mu­ni­ty that will help you to learn how to be a more suc­cess­ful and prof­itable pub­lish­er.

With cer­tain page ele­ments like a call­out and a “Zeit­geist”, it seems appar­ent that they’re pro­mot­ing their new babies: del.icio.us and Flickr. Not to men­tion, a quick CTRL+U (or CTRL+SHIFT+U) expos­es:

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I guess Matt Mul­len­weg and team would be hap­py with that.

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?