A better word than “feed”

Am at one of those meetings you’re not supposed to blog about. Question raised as a statement: If you can come up with a better word than “feed,” let me know….

Well, seems like we want a word that reflects the vitality of information. We want it to be resonant with “feed” because people get that idea of a subscribed data stream. I propose bleed, we ooze data all day long, like a slow-bleeding cut and we’re all acting like data vampires much of the time.

There’s a Rolling Stones tune, “Let It Bleed.” Works, given the setting.

NBC editor on the tech take

MacNN | Apple pays tech guru $15,000 to talk about iPod:

Apple and other companies paid NBC Today show tech editor Corey Greenberg up to $15,000 to talk about their products on news shows, according to The Washington Post. Greenberg talked up Apple’s iPod last July, calling it “a great portable musical player… the coolest-looking one;” however, while NBC officials denied any knowledge of the financial relationship, Greenberg confirmed that he accepted payments from Apple, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Seiko Epson, Creative Technology and Energizer Holdings.

Enough said.

Audible adds RSS goodness

I’ve been a loyal customer of Audible, the downloadable audio book service, for years, as well as a consultant and content provider to the company (disclosure: I’m a consultant to the company right now and the subject of this posting is part of the project I’ve been working on). As I’ve moved much of my browsing to RSS feeds, Audible’s lack of easy access to titles and subjects in its catalog became clear. The site is built on Broadvision, which, while a powerful system for building a catalog, is a poor foundation for external access to the data in the catalog because every page is cooked on the fly for individual visitors. In other words, you can’t bookmark a page.

But Audible’s working hard to remedy the virtual invisibility of its catalog and an important first step takes place this week: Audible has created RSS feeds for hot new titles, various genres (my favorites are history, comedy and science), as well as its own bestseller list and that of The New York Times, BusinessWeek and Publishers Weekly. The project is built on FeedBurner‘s service.

If you haven’t tried Audible, they offer some great free audio every week. Important presidential addresses, Congressional testimony, the first prayer and speech by Pope Benedict XVI, media baron Rupert Murdoch’s speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors last week, and a really great interview by Audible CEO Don Katz with Jane Fonda, whom he first interviewed for Rolling Stone in 1978. When I was back at Audible a couple weeks ago, Don was prepping for the interview; it makes me wish he’d take up the pen, again. Maybe you like American Idol and want the free update; that’s here, too.

John Federico’s giving me too much credit for the RSS feeds, but let me defer credit to Guy Story and others at Audible who really get the RSS phenomenon.

RSS is only getting started. I went into how it is misunderstood at length over at Red Herring last week, but I think it’s important to reiterate that subscriptions to data are going to be integrated into a wide range of application experiences, not just exposed as a feed for aggregation by a newsreader. RSS levels the playing field for anyone wanting to establish a direct relationship with an audience, and we’ll soon be using it routinely to engage in debate and relationships.

Tom Delay’s suspicious tiny mind

DeLay Damns the Internet; What Was He Thinking? | Personal Democracy Forum:

“We’ve got Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon international law, not the Constitution of the United States? That’s just outrageous. And not only that, but he said in session that he does his own research on the Internet? That is just incredibly outrageous.”

I am puzzled by this comment. What does DeLay think is so bad about someone doing online research? Or, to put the question more cynically, what does DeLay think he has to gain by saying as much?

It’s probably the fact that the Internet isn’t being dumbed down and made safe for fundamentalism, like broadcast TV and radio, that bothers Delay….