All you need to know about RSS

Everytime I tell someone, who is not really familiar with blogs that I check nearly 400 weblogs every day, he thinks I am nuts. Then I try to explain RSS, which usually takes a lot of time, gets him bored rather quickly and very often, I have my doubts wether I get across why I am not nuts!? But here comes the solution: RSS in Plain English! If you still don't know what all the fuzz about RSS and webfeeds is about, why and how you could/should use it, just spent 3:40 minutes and watch this clip...
There are two types of Internet users, those that use RSS and those that don't. This video is for the people who could save time using RSS, but don't know where to start.
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The Usual Mortal Sins

Josiah Cole has compiled a list of "19 Things NOT To Do When Building a Website" and published it on his blog. Pretty basic stuff, nothing special. Things that should be trivial but for some reason aren't and tend to be ignored. I guess these lists have to be written from time to time. So here we go; my personal top 3 from Josiah's list:
  • DO NOT resize the user’s browser window, EVER
  • If your website does not work in Firefox, welcome to 2007 DUMSS.
  • If your website is ALL Flash, FIRE your web development company.
Also nice to keep in mind:
  • If you use music on your site make sure the user can stop it, and it BETTER NOT start on page load without the user requests it.
  • If you’re delivering video, it better not ask the user which bandwidth or version of video they’d like. Deliver your video in an embedded player in Flash.
Why is this so difficult? (via Bernd)
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New eBook: Unleash the Power of RSS

Rok Hrastnik, from MarketingStudies.net, has written an eBook on a very interesting subject: Unleash the Marketing & Publishing Power of RSS A Marketer's Guide to Taking Maximum Advantage of RSS Rok was so kind to provide me with a complimentary copy of it. Unfortunately I couldn't find the time to read it from "cover to cover" yet. So I can't post a complete review right now. But yesterday, during a 4 hour train trip, I flipped through it and really liked what I saw. It looks very complete: from defining what RSS is exactly (including the technical aspects, but in a way that's easy to understand!) to how to use it for marketing purposes. The eBook also includes 35 very recent interviews with industry experts. So if you are in marketing and want to know what this RSS thing is all about, check out this book... rss-power.gif
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Who owns your Mobile Phone ?

Cory Doctorow has a crazy story on BoingBoing about T-Mobile removing software from his Sidekick without asking:
T-Mobile has announced that they are "no longer supporting" the video games they bundled with the color Sidekick. Normally, this would be pretty straightforward -- you could use 'em unsupported, you could find someone else to support 'em, whatever. But because the Sidekick is a phone first and a computing device second (not a technology decision, but rather a marketing/operations one), "no longer supported" has a much more sinister meaning: when T-Mobile withdraws its "support" of the games on the color Sidekick, it will remotely erase the games from the color Sidekicks of all of their customers. (...) Who owns your Sidekick? T-Mobile does, apparently, even if you spent full retail on it (I dropped $250 on mine). You need T-Mobile's permission to install software on their device. T-Mobile will, from time to time, decide to erase software from your device. And when you stop subscribing to their service, T-Mobile will delete all your data forever, without giving you any mechanism for moving it off the device (and without giving you the ability to design a tool that would let you do this). (...)
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MMS vs. Mobile eMail

Russell Beattie has written a very comprehensive article for Mobitopia in which he compares MMS with mobile emails. The bottom line is obvious: MMS is easy to use (if it works...), but pretty expensive, while mobile email is still difficult to figure out, but much more price efficient. The article also gives an overview of the different technologies used and some thoughts on the telcos' pricing strategies. Definitely a good primer on the subject...
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