:: Top RSS Do's and Don'ts
RSS is not quite a household word, but
technical astute individuals are adopting the
use of RSS feeds at an alarming rate. If you
are interested in jumping on the bandwagon,
but not quite sure of where to start, consider
following these simple RSS feed tips to maximize
feed compatibility and make your feed stand
out from the crowd.
RSS Do's and Don'ts
:: My Google Wish
There are a number of "wishes" that
I have for Google's future. While I would like
number one ranking for all of my important keywords
and phrases, but I would be willing to settle
for Google acknowledging at least a few of my
wishes that will benefit the search community
as a whole.
My Google Wish List
:: IBM Sues Amazon
IBM has targeted Amazon.com with
two patent infringement lawsuits filed Monday,
claiming that the online retail giant is willfully
exploiting a number of its patents.
The patents deal with intellectual property
issues ranging from advertising to hyperlink
technology to electronic catalogs. Financial
information concerning the magnitude of the
damages was not disclosed.
:: The Internet is
a Small Business Way of Life
The Internet has become more than
just a critical tool for small businesses —
for some owners, it's a way of life.
A reporter's very informal survey of several
small business owners found that some of the
most useful sites include those that help them
network with other entrepreneurs. They also
favor sites that help their companies communicate,
either internally or with other businesses,
or that help get tasks like teleconferencing
done, sometimes at low or no cost.
:: Net Addiction
More than one in eight adults in
the US show signs of being addicted to the internet,
a study has shown.
"Addicts" showed signs of compulsive internet
use, habitually checking e-mail, websites and
:: Writely is Now
Google has merged their online spread
sheet and Writely, their online word processor
into a single platform. The interface has been
cleaned up. The printing functions a little
better and all in all the changes are positive.
:: According to the Business
According to the Business Blog:
Nearly two thirds of adults intend to do
their holiday shopping online this year. Take
a tip from the major eTailers’ marketing playbook:-blogs,
RSS feeds and viral marketing are what you need
to drive all those eager online shoppers to
Nearly half, 41.6 percent, of retailers will
incorporate blogs or RSS feeds into their holiday
marketing strategy, and 79.5 percent will use
viral marketing at social networking sites,
like MySpace and Friendster, says the 2006 eHoliday
Mood Survey released Wednesday. The study was
conducted by BizRate Research for Shopzilla
Now is the time to prepare and setup a feed!
:: Database Management
Do you have data in a database that
would benefit from RSS feed distribution? Use
the new SQL2RSS script to extract the data
in the database and form RSS feed. This will
allow businesses to build feeds from existing
information in minutes.
This is supposedly a new Google website
- SearchMash is a search engine (at
claims its new and different it is not yet clear
what those differences are.
:: Social Search
with an Incentive
Netflix offered a million dollars for
a computer program that accurately predicts
which films people will rent from its online
Netflix bills itself as the world's largest
Internet movie rental service and said it was
intent on better knowing what films people would
pick from its virtual shelves.Netflix challenged
software developers to come up with a program
that beats Cinematch predictions by at least
10 percent. The first person or team to do so
Contestants would get to work with 100 million
anonymous rental ratings from members. The winning
approach would be made public so academics,
businesses and researchers could use it as a
tool to better match people's tastes to products
or services, Netflix said.
:: Webmaster Tips and Tricks
According to Matt Cutts, there are over
100 factors that affect search engine ranking.
For those of you who don't know, Matt is a Google
guy guru, he is employed by Google but writes
an independent blog and shares information related
to Google and search engine optimization. Unfortunately,
of those 100 items that account for search engine
ranking, there are only a few that webmasters
can actually control.
:: Social Bookmark
Create a variety of social bookmarks there are two options,
create a list of icons or a drop down menu of