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.
- Intro What problem is Attention trying to solve in the feedreader / aggregator space? (01:20)
- RSS: from information consumption efficiency to information overload. (03:40)
- Attention can tell what’s not important to you (more gestures) (05:45)
- The portability of Attention data (07:25)
- Turning OPML into an interchange format (08:10)
- On OPML Reading Lists (09:25)
- How do we define and standardize on Attention data? (10:40)
- Feed and item ranking data, vote rank (attention.xml) within OPML (14:08)
- adding an Attention namespace to OPML and Attention APIs (17:05)
- Beyond the feed level (21:00)
- interaction rank (23:10)
- Attention data beyond the clickstream (24:50)
- Attention Trust plug in and my attention data (27:50)
- Firefox ping attribute (31:50)
- The usability of RSS (35:30)
- What are the next steps for Attention to make progress? (40:10)
- FeedDemon 2.0 beta (44:15)
- Tailrank 1.0 (46:20)
- End (49:28)
Related: My Attention writings