Attention podcast: RSS feedreaders and aggregators

 I asked two of the RSS industry's leading lights to join me for a call and share their perspective on the question of where Attention is going with respect to RSS feedreaders and aggregators: Nick Bradbury creator FeedDemon, part of Newsgator (Nick also developed Homesite - sold to Macromedia - and Topstyle) and Kevin Burton of Tailrank (also co-founder Rojo).

Many thanks to Nick and Kevin for their time, it was great to get their views on the topic of Attention.

Bottom line? Attention is happening.

The podcast (.mp3, 46 min, 11mb) can be downloaded here, show notes below.


Related: My Attention writings

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Comments (8)
  1. Sounds good. Downloading it now…

  2. Joel Ross says:

    Great podcast. The combo of the two guests was very good – the conversations they had were great, and (since I’m both a feeddemon and TailRank user) I’m looking forward to see what comes out of them down the line.

    I don’t remember who originally mentioned it, but there was a discussion about a user’s click stream and the new FireFox ping ability. The talk mentioned using AJAX to be able to do that reliably across browsers, and I was wondering if you or either of the guests had seem It’s a service (free and paid options) that tracks what users are clicking on. I use it on my blog to see what the most popular outbound links are.

    Now, if it had an API to pull the data back out, that would be more useful, but it’s still a nice way to see where people are going without "disrupting the web" as someone mentioned about redirects.

    Anyway, just wanted to drop a note to say it was an entertaining listen.


  3. MSDNArchive says:

    thanks for the comments Joel. I’ve not heard of so will check out.

  4. Anne Zelenka says:

    Didn’t get through the last few minutes yet because my morning carpooling ended before the podcast did. But I enjoyed it a bunch; even listened to it while waiting for a policeman to cite me for an expired safety inspection.

    I especially liked where Nick slipped and called the software an "aggravator" instead of an "aggregator."

    I thought the point that users don’t have to be dumb to need simple software was important (someone said something like "even if users are brilliant, they need simple software") We are all so busy, trying to do so many things, drinking in so much information… we need simple solutions. OPML is succeeding because it’s simple just like RSS is, except for the subscribing bit, simple.

  5. I had this idea the other day, just out of the blue. What if you could read your Skype chats as RSS feeds? Short answer: with Chat Channels, you can now. If you just want to get the program, jump…


    Here’s an OPMLish podcast for you, March 10, 2006

    "It’s all about the draft OPML 2.0 spec…

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