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Wednesday, October 22, 2008 by Dave Winer.

I just tripped over a heretofore unknown feature of Google. Permalink to this paragraph

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Theoretically, unless I misunderstand, and I probably do, if you "subscribe" to Scripting News, then you'll be more likely to see results from this site in your Google searches? Permalink to this paragraph

Oy it seems I have to add keywords to my RSS feed.  Permalink to this paragraph

Google doesn't need keywords. That's the whole point of Google. That's what makes it great, why it works. It can find stuff without keywords. Permalink to this paragraph

This is 1/2 a great idea (I've been lobbying for something like it for years) but I'm not jumping through all these hoops.  Permalink to this paragraph

This is wrong in so many ways.  Permalink to this paragraph

Of course I could still be completely missing the point. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

PS: There was no need to invent a new namespace for the feature they added to RSS, it already has a category element that does what their new element does. They made the same mistake Apple made with iTunes. If they had looked before they lept they would both be using the same element and their feeds would be interchangeable. Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

"The protoblogger." - NY Times.

"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.

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"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.

"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.

"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.

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