Published July 19, 2006
Canada , feed , feeds , fresh , ideas , Kosso , mp3 , OPML , podcast , podcast.com , podcasts , rss , Tests
Wow! Those Canadians sure do! Alot! Eh! 🙂
Have a look over at canada.podcast.com and see what I was able to create pretty easily with my test account.
I want to get these tools on your hands and on your screens (and in your pockets) ASAP! 🙂
Hopefully, that won’t take too long.
I was at Gnomedex over Canada Day, and it was great to meet so many of you Canadians there. You sure do know how to celebrate your country! We Brits don’t do much else than wave at the Queen, whenever they wheel her past 😉
I noticed that the OPML created for the Canada Podcasts out there has alot of easy to fix mistakes (and a few custom tags, which is fine). Maybe Bob Goyeche (listed as the author) would like to drop me a line, so we can sort it all out properly. 🙂
Try entering the URL for that OPML into an early OPML manager I created – then hit load. It all looks fine, until you realise that the OPML thinks each link to a feed is a ‘link’ to more OPML and not the type ‘RSS’ with xmlUrl to the feed, as it should be.
Here’s an audio message I made a while ago about this.
The ‘DaveSite‘ which Mr. Winer points to is not all that useful as it stands – this is because it is simply linking to the RSS xml feeds and displaying those. That upsets lots of people, who don’t know what they are looking at. Not only that, but David seems to insist on linking to OPML AND RSS with the same icon. Bad idea imho. Sure it is XML, but that orange button has meant ‘RSS’ for so many, for so long – it’s confusing to link to OPML with (even though is is just XML). I always wandered if he had promoted an orange icon saying ‘RSS’, maybe people wouldn’t be so confused about RSS and ‘feeds’ as they are now. (Almost) EVERYONE adopted the old orange button – now they use a generic ‘feed’ icon.
I will have a bash at cleaning up that Canadian OPML and trying a test import.
UPDATE: I fixed the Canada OPML to comply with the spec – though I left the custin tags in there.
You can find it here : http://podcast.com/opml/canada_fixed.opml
See the comments in the OPML for what I did.
Now it works perfectly, as people will expect. 🙂 Try entering the new URL into my OPML manager – now you can RSS feeds! Yes!! (It is also in the drop down list on that Flash app)
Published July 19, 2006
dave , Dave Winer , directories , directory , feed , feeds , OPML , podcast , podcast.com , podcasts , rss
Dave Winer points out one of the core reasons we have built (and continue to build) podcast.com in the way we have – forming a solid content data foundation, with easy tools – then slapping that data into a great UI, for the web, mobiles and desktop. Heads up, Scoble! 😉
‘Community Directories’ (made by real, passionate people) are exactly what you will have available at podcast.com, all with lots of lovely open OPML and RSS for you to consume and manipulate using the gorgeously easy tools we are building here for you. And IMHO, much nicer OPML management than some applications I have seen out there from the self-declared OPML centres of the Universe out there.
Soon, you will be able to log in to podcast.com, create an account – get a super hot url for your podcast directory and fill her up!
The power of OPML inclusion will make it very easy to connect many different users’ podcast directories together to form an infinite growth of trees of directories, mashed up any way you like.
Update : Dave Winer is not allowing me to comment on his Blog Annexe – shame. My posts seem to disappear. Not totally unexpected, as he does not like me at all – but not what I would expect from Mister ‘Open and Transparent’ – The posts were relevant too – maybe this trackback will work, to his daily comment area.
Yesterday I gave the blogHUD a little facelift, which was cool and bizarre that I should meet Cory Ondrejka at Cory Doctorow’s leaving do last night (in ‘MeatSpace – that’s the ‘real world’, folks 😉 ).
Cory Ondrejka is one of the ‘gods’ of Second Life [VP of Product Development at Linden Lab] – He also wrote a version of RoadRash! – Here’s a podcast from ITConversations with Cory talking at Accelerating Change 2004.
Very much looking forward to continue that a conversation we were all having in the cab! 🙂
Also, congratulations to Yoz and co. and his brand new baby! Cory Doctorow said the baby was ‘firing Cute-ons!’ heheh.
Published July 12, 2006
aggregators , BBC , dave , feed , feeds , grazing , Kosso , OPML , podcast , podcast.com , podcasts , rss
Nice to see the fresh podcast feeds from the BBC are working nicely for Mistah Winah!
A fresh feed can be generated of all the latest podcasts in all the feeds in any folder.
NOW – don’t forget folks – the directory you currently see at podcast.com is MY user account. Here is a different test account [ koz.podcast.com ]
SOON – you’ll be able to build your own podcast.com 🙂
All that data you manage there can be imported and exported to your tool of choice. We just hope we can make the discovery journey easier for you.
Published July 11, 2006
aggregators , BBC , directories , directory , feed , feeds , fresh , grazing , NPR , OPML , podcast , podcast.com , podcasts , rss
New icons and feeds for the directories at podcast.com
You should see a new icon over on the directories at podcast.com – it’s a green feed icon. We chose green, as it feels ‘FRESH’.
When you click a green feed icon next to a directory folder, the site will load up all the most recent entries to all of the podcasts within that folder. Here is a permalink to one of the fresh feed pages
Also, the results displayed by these icons and the ‘freshest feeds’ menu button on the left, provide you with an RSS feed link which you can use in your favourite aggregator to subscribe the latest podcasts automatically.
Eg: Here is the RSS feed for the latest podcasts from the BBC
Eg: Here is the RSS feed for the latest podcasts from NPR
Eg: Here is the RSS feed for the latest podcasts from CNN
Ah, the beauty of distributing content via XML. We love it!
There will be some more very cool new additions to the site coming very soon and we’re working around the clock and the globe to get the doors opened up for you here, so you can start building ‘your own podcast.com’.
Keep an eye on the development blog at podcast.com