I have recently been getting into RSS and studying it for all that it can be, which is a lot more than a method to syndicate blog content. As it turns out, you can use RSS to distribute audio, video, and just about any other type of media you can think of. Think of the marketing opportunities - you have a new product you want to show off; instead of just posting a blurb about it on your site, you can do a video demonstration and include the link in your blurb. Anyone subscribed to your RSS feed automatically received your commercial in their reader, TiVo-style. Or you can have a weekly audio blurb giving a general overview of the textual content you posted on your site over the past week, and it will be waiting in your subscribers iTunes program when they get home. Companies like FedEx are even allowing customers to track packages via RSS, eliminating the need to visit their website for that information. Check out this article from for more RSS marketing information.
Read More | Marketing Studies
So, we have been pondering either adding a link to each entry which would lead to the Technorati cosmos for that post, or adding a Technorati cosmos section within the permalinks themselves. Today we decided to go with the link on each entry, which we have to endearingly named the TechnoratiBack. Of course, some of our favorite sites have just added similar functionality to their blogs as well. For now, two things are certain - Technorati rocks, and trackbacks will remain while we test everything out.
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Now this I like. This site hosts a WWDC 2005 keynote video with DVD-style chapter breaks so that one can view only the portions of the conference they are interested in. This means no sliding the placeholder to gauge where you want to go while watching Steve Jobs talk about Intel like they are the greatest thing on earth. Check out the podcasting portion of the video - this is what I am most stoked about. Well, that, and OS X Leopard.
If you haven’t heard of GnomeDex, it is an annual meeting of influential minds on all things related to the Internet and making it profitable - software, hardware, technology, concepts, brainstorming, strategies, etc. This year I will be on hand to live blog GnomeDex 5.0, emanating from Seattle, WA. GnomeDex describes itself as:
What is Gnomedex…
- Business Models Brought to Life
- The People Aggregator
- A tap into the Conversation Economy
- Movers, Shakers, & Deal Makers
- Thought Leaders, Industry Influencers, Entrepreneurs
- Continuous online conversation and PR
- Important for new, existing company strategies
- Essential for the success of Internet businesses
The festivities begin on June 23, and go on through the end of the weekend on the 25th.
Read More | GnomeDex
Check out this cool bit of code that allows message board forums to be spidered by search engines like Google. You see, when the spiders hit a URL that includes a session ID, they turn the other way. The following bit of code removed the session ID when it senses a spider, leaving all the information and textual content there to be picked up. This in turn gets more of your pages picked up. This is especially important for business owners who have support forums - questions and issues you have responded to will now show up in search results. Grab the code after the jump.
Wireless hotspots are becoming more and more of a boon for the Internet business person. I shared my love of a convenient Hotspot a few days ago when I was in New York. As it turns out, Seattle has received top honors for being the city with the most wireless hotspots per 100,000 people in the nation. Not surprising, as Seattle is commonly known as being the most tech-savvy of all the major cities in the US.
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Here comes the ultimate summer must have item. Forget about the fact that you may plow head first into the back of a speedboat, this thing rocks. It is a gigantic inflatable suit that you put on to keep you afloat while you are towed along at high speeds. It is even ribbed for your floating pleasure, allowing you to maneuver a bit while you look like a fool in the water. Does it suit your fancy? Pick one up for $120 USD.
This is why I love Seattle. It turns out that the area is the most “unwired” city in the country. This actually relates to the fact that there are more wireless hotspots per 100,000 people than anywhere else. Thanks the many Starbucks - which have T-Mobile Hotspot access - for contributing to this honor. What makes it even more fantastic, this doesn’t take into account the pre-WiMax installed at the top of the Space Needle.
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If you have yet to play God of War, Jesse took the game to task and came back extremely impressed. Take a listen to his quick audio impression of the game, recorded in a car of all places! Click below for the goods.
Voice: Jesse Easley
Duration and Size: 2:47, 1.4 MB
Listen | God of War Audio Review
Online storage has increased, decreased, then increased again in popularity over the years. When Google dropped Gmail on us, hacks appeared that allowed one to use the free gig of storage for more than just email. Aaron Levie noticed a need for a good online storage medium, and the result is Box.net. Gear Live tested the service out a while ago, and came away impressed. Box.net is much more than just storage space for your files. We got a chance to chat with Aaron about how Box.net came about, its current features, and where it is headed in the future. Click here to download the MP3, or you can just subscribe to the Gear Live Podcast feed.
Voices: Aaron Levie, Edwin Soto
Length: 20:04, 18.8 MB
Listen | Box.net Interview
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