Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The new ontology

I guess, now that I've discovered RSS feeds and the like, there's the possibility of sending ghost messages. What I mean is that, presumably, if I post something here and quickly take it down, it will still show up on news aggregators.

What fun!

In other news: So far, I think public aggregators are a mistake.

4 Comments:

Blogger Anita Daher said...

Haha! What fun :-)

8:15 AM  
Blogger Daniel Sendecki said...

Public aggregators are a bit of a catch-22, methinks.

RSS, etc. are in part responible for the ubiquitousness of the weblog. It's my belief that public aggregators are going to become a popular end point for RSS: they offer the ability to create instant communities from disparate weblogs.

You are right though—your content is your content and you should have control over where and how it appears, unless you freely and openly give up that right.

You can turn off the feeds feature (I believe Blogger uses ATOM) and it should be configurable so that Bots don't come along and suck up your posts.

What's truly evil is site-scraping which people use and abuse when a site doesn’t provide an RSS feed. You can instruct these spiders to look for headlines, timestamps and the other items usually displayed in RSS. They can then "scrape off" the surplus HTML and display the website just as if it was a proper RSS feed and you’ll never know the difference.

That's when we lose control.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Anita: Greetings.

Daniel: Nah, I don't have a particular problem with my own posts appearing. I just think that public aggregators are a bit useless. I mean, I use Shrook to facilatate and narrow down my Web consumption--to create a personalized space for reading. It seems to me that public aggregators result in a lot of noise. Maybe though I just haven't seen the right ones. Wait, do you have one on Small Press Exchange? Oops. No offense intended.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Daniel Sendecki said...

No offense taken! We do have one on the Small Press Exchange, although its often more trouble than its worth. A blogroll/links section is much easier to maintain and does the job. Plus, its sort of like checking out somebody's bookcase when first invited into their home. Is there a word for that? There should be.

8:08 AM  

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