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Tim Callan | 13 Oct 2005 | 0 comments

Dave Winer points out that BART now offers an RSS Feed. Here's a screenshot of a recent Yahoo! render:


That's progress, I guess. But here's the type of info I wish BART would stream in an RSS feed:


BART has a stream of events and information that is of interest to BART riders that they should surface through RSS. I'm not interested in subscribing to a BART email list, but I would like to have a BART feed with the latest "traffic tips" to check before I head home. If I'm up in the morning and I see entries of significant delays on the Pleasanton-Daly City line, I might decide to drive into the city -- parking hassle and all -- rather than ride BART.


Tim Callan | 12 Oct 2005 | 0 comments

Qumana has a series of posts that report on the result of a survey they’ve run across their users about advertising on blogs. Two Interesting questions they are asking:


1. Which is more effective: contextual ads or keyword-based ads?

2. Do add in RSS feeds work, or are ads only effective on the blog pages?


Keyword-based ads are ads that are matched against author-supplied tags for the content. Contextual ads are the same, only software analyzers are used to automatically deduce the contextual metadata. All...

Tim Callan | 12 Oct 2005 | 0 comments

Via Dave Winer, here’s an interesting post by Rogers Cadenhead, who worked on with Dave over the past several months.  He closes with this:

Rogers Cadenhead


One thing I'd like to see is a real-time search engine built only on the last several hours of pings, which could be a terrific current news service if compiled intelligently. While I was running W eblogs.Com, I wanted to use my brief moment as the king of pings to extend the API, which VeriSign appears to be considering, but Dave didn't want to mess with things while companies were loading a truck with money and asking for directions to his house.
I want to pursue these ideas, either independently or in...

Tim Callan | 12 Oct 2005 | 0 comments

A tip o’ the hat to Stowe Boyd who has coined the (now obvious) term pingwidth.  In his comments replying to my earlier post:

I agree. It is very bad mojo. But we still are going to wind up with a 'pro' version -- for extra cash -- with all the fancy bells and whistles (geolocation, etc.) and more 'pingwidth' than the basic stuff. (Yes, I did say 'pingwidth'. You heard it here first.)

I agree with this. We’ve been talking about ‘fat pings’ versus ‘thin pings’ for some time. The narrowest ping in terms of pingwidth would be just a URL indicating the feed that changed. Current pings submitted through are only marginally thicker. The basic ping through has...

Tim Callan | 11 Oct 2005 | 0 comments

Reviews of Yahoo!’s launch of its blog search have been mixed. Most of the discussion has been about the quality of the blog search itself, which obviously is an important consideration. But what’s interesting to me is Yahoo!’s decision to integrate blog search right into their regular news search. This has two important effects. First, it will introduce blog search to millions who are unaware of Technorati, Ice Rocket, Bloglines or a host of other blog search tools. Yahoo! has brought feeds to the masses on their My Yahoo! pages. Now, the search tools will address the content they are reading from their subscribed RSS feeds. Second, it blurs the line between news and blogs. TheYahoo! team sees what I see: that over time the news/blog distinction will become increasingly arbitrary.

Tim Callan | 11 Oct 2005 | 0 comments

VeriSign and eBay announced a deal with eBay yesterday. VeriSign's payment business, which is how I came to VeriSign, has been acquired by eBay. Good luck to all in the payments team!

Tim Callan | 07 Oct 2005 | 0 comments

A couple of comments reaction to the evolving discussion of VeriSign’s acquisition of the ping service…


DISCLAIMER: My comments on this blog are not official VeriSign service announcements. Repeat, not official service announcements. They reflect my understanding and attitude on the matter, but just that: I’m just one person on a large team.  Please keep that in mind generally on this blog, and specifically for the comments below.


·        Niall Kennedy writes:

I expect VeriSign will introduce an authentication certificate for ping submissions to its servers. One possible upsell on the listening side is the ability to be alerted to a blog update before anyone else, similar to how stock market systems...

Tim Callan | 06 Oct 2005 | 0 comments

Word is out, and it’s true: VeriSign has acquired the assets of Dave Winer’s I’m sure Dave will have plenty to say on the subject, but this past year has reached a point where Dave needed to either a) invest significant capital into the development of Weblogs 2.0 – a ping server to handle the next several years of traffic growth, b) sell it to someone else who would do the same, or c) watch as the current system slowly (or maybe quickly) succumbed to the ever-growing stream of pings. Last Thursday processed just under 2 million (1.96M) pings for the day. When we started talking with Dave, a couple months back, the ping totals were barely half of that, and the load even then on the servers made pinging weblogs a chancy proposition during peak posting times (late morning and mid-evening in the US).  For a long time, ping servers could be stood up as a single box running on a fast business DSL connection. Those...

Tim Callan | 06 Oct 2005 | 0 comments

This will have long term effects on network infrastructure, and the Internet as a whole...

Tim Callan | 06 Oct 2005 | 0 comments

I didn’t attend Web 2.0 today, but was over at the Argent Hotel for a meeting at the hotel bar. While it wasn’t clear from talking to several who’d been in the conference all day what was emerging as salient new ideas from the presentations, it was clear from surveying the crowd at Jesters that the “hacker laptop” thing has become de rigueur with the Web 2.0 crowd. Either that or the hax0r set has started wearing Armani and Rolex. It was bad enough that I was hanging out there without a conference badge, but carrying around a naked ThinkPad…