Archive for the 'Syndication' Category
There are several screen-scraping services out there, but Dapper is one that’s both versatile and visual. With a bit of trial and error, everyone can transform html web pages (or more precisely: changes in web pages) into email notifications, a startpage widget, RSS or another syndication format. Take this example: (more…)
A court in Brussels has ordered on September 5th that Google remove all news stories from the French and German-language Belgian publishers*. “Removing” means: both from Google News, as well as from the Google cache of the regular search Google.be/.com search engine. The verdict is confusing because it mixes up aspects of the regular search engine and the news.google.be portal, both in its analysis and its ruling. And it is a dangerous precedent, because it assumes search engines should explicitly ask permission to
to index and cache content. (more…)
I’ve updated my list of direct link feeds for Digg. Note: I used this WordPress plugin that inserts a “Digg this” button automatically as soon as your story gets dug (and you get an incoming referral click).
If you’re a Digg fan, you might also want to check these 2 Digg tools collections and the Digg blog:
Is it fair use to extract images and their captions from an online newspaper and republish it? Some considerations that come into play: (more…)
Cartoon RSS feeds help to keep up to date with current affairs – and let you smile at the same time.
I’m a fan of the Dutch Fokke and Sukke, a daily cartoon in NRC Handelsblad. They don’t have a feed but somebody called Jarno Peschier at caesar.nl scripted this unofficial feed. It has 290 Bloglines subscribers, I assume that the total number of subscribers (Bloglines having about 1/3d of the market) hovers around one thousand. So I decided to screenscrape De Standaard and script an RSS feed for their daily Zaza cartoon* (more…)
Browsers with feed-reading capabilities like IE7 and Firefox indicate the presence of an RSS feed on a site by having an icon flash in the toolbar: (more…)
I presented some thoughts on Linklogs in one of the presentations at a Brussels Blog Dinner last Friday. I used Freemind, an open source mind mapping tool to prepare. Basically, a mindmap is nothing more than a visual presentation of an outline, but it does help to be able to reshuffle your thoughts in a visual way. Freemind is visually less attractive than commercial tools, but has an open file format and several export options. See for example my “Linklogs Mind Map”: (more…)
Nivi suggested using the top sources of your del.icio.us links, in order to clean up your feedreader and throw out feeds you don’t find worthwile to bookmark links from anyway. It created some discussion on whether this was feasible/ethical/practical to build this as a service only requiring the (public) username (meaning you could probe any other del.icio.us user’s “attention stream”) (more…)