The Blog Business Summit – What we heard


Last week, Dean and Robert Scoble spoke at the Blog Business Summit in San Francisco.


For those who couldn’t make it, Peter Levinson has a great blow-by-blow of the talk at The Editor’s Blog, while Ian Kennedy pulls out some of the highlights and has some interesting insights over on Flashpoint. Infoworld did a nice writeup, as well.


Both during the keynote and talking to everyone afterwards, we heard a few things come up a few times, and they’re worth repeating:



  • First, as Peter mentions in his writetup, spam, spyware and security in general are issues high on people’s minds. Peter describes out a few measures we’ve taken to keep the user protected from malicious or sneaky websites. Security and privacy are big issues for us. In the run-up to PDC 2005 (where Amar Gandhi, Group Program Manager of the RSS team will be giving a developer-focused talk on building RSS-enabled applications in Windows Vista), we’ll have more to say about the steps we’re taking to keep users secure when using RSS.
  • Second, there are a lot of opinions out there about how we’re naming the RSS features in IE.That topic is worthy of its own post, so I’ll simply say: the feedback is great.

    • On a related topic, it was pointed out at the summit that Amy Gahran of Contentious is the pioneer of the term “webfeeds” (via a contest she set up in April of last year), and I want acknowledge that contribution. It’s no doubt due to her efforts that the term permeated enough that we picked up on the term without realizing where it originated.

  • Third, there’s excitement around the idea of lists in RSS, but some questions and feedback as well. The feedback we heard has been incorporated into the spec, and a more detailed explanation has been posted.

Thanks again to those who came out to the BBS05, and thanks to the organizers for a great conference.


– Sean


Update: Included links to the updated SLX spec.  


 

Comments (1)

  1. Amy Gahran says:

    Thanks for the mention, Sean. Anything Microsoft can do to make feeds (or whatever name works best) easier for more people to understand and use is fine by me.

    – Amy Gahran

    Editor, Contentious