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Google AdSense for RSS and Atom Feeds

Sun, 09/18/2005 - 09:33 -- rprice

I read this news just a few days ago, and it seems like old news, but it is a viable topic for discussion. Google is obviously big daddy here, but other companies have been putting ads in feeds for quite some time now. Should feeds contain advertising? Is it profitable? Viable? Who benfits?

Posted from (May 17, 2005):

By moving its sponsored listings into feeds, Google wants to remove a common fear among some publishers that they will lose advertising revenue as readers subscribe to feeds rather than reading content on Web sites, said Shuman Ghosemajumder, business product manager for AdSense.

Over the past few years, everyone has come to expect seeing Google text ads hovering at the top or sides of almost every web page. The idea of contextual advertising is certainly not old, but new form of content delivery are now appearing, and new advertising models are needed as the Web evolves.

Scott Johnson of Feedster mentioned in a July 4th interview with InfoTalk that his RSS search engine would be incorporating ads into feeds. One of the best parts is that their brand of feed-vertising will scrape content from the entire archive of a feed, as opposed to just what is being displayed (i.e. tha last 10 posts). This allows them to give you truly targeted advertising, instead of just grabbing keywords.

The Feedster interview took place at the Gnomedex conference, shortly after Microsoft announced IE7 would have support for RSS, additionaly announcing RSS support would be built in to the Vista kernel and each user's profile. For advertisers, that is a fairly large announcement, considering Windows users will have such integral support to viewing feeds, and therefore being exposed to feed-based advertising at every turn.

The place I see this sort of advertising having the greatest effect is in a vertical search or regional search type application, such as my brother's Cable Ridge, where he wants to promote events specifically in South Florida. Placing ads in his RSS feeds for local businesses and services would really target the specific customer base that business is chasing after, therefore maximizing the effectiveness of their ads. On the other hand, of the millions of people subscribed to Slashdot or may be getting ads they don't neccesarily care about. I guess it is better than plain old contextual AdWords, though.

Keep watching your favorite feeds over the next few months. We'll talk about this more after it becomes common practice.


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InfoTalk Podcast is my #1

Sun, 09/18/2005 - 08:56 -- rprice

John Furrier of is a computer science guy from back in the 80's, and while he doesn't think of himself as special, he really is. His incredibly popular batch of InfoTalk Podcasts consists of short 15-minute segments, each one covering a different topic somehow related to current and future trends in the internet, or Web 2.0 as John calls it. Guests have included Adam Curry, one of the people known as 'Podfather', employees of Microsoft, WordPress developers, lawyers, marketers, computer scientists, you name it, he's got it.

While the show is very informative, the delivery can be confusint. He tries to break the segments up into more than 20 different 'shows', and segments within these shows have an insane amount of overlap. Subscribing to even two of the shows produces 10 or 15 duplicate downloads. My personal recomendation is the Silicon Valley Podcast.

Hard drive space aside, the guest speakers are great. John takes it much more like an interview with the guest as the star and himself as a humble facilitator. He obviously knows his stuff, and does great preparation beforehand. Each interview may cover a number of topics such as Podcasting, Blogging, Search Engines, Operating Systems and Open Source issues in the technology side. He also takes time to ask about Venture Capital, Entrepenurship and Marketing, even legal issues. For a young aspiring mind like myself, the views and news presented give me a great idea of the state of the industry, and what the big boys are up to. More than once a guest has presented and idea I would like to incorporate in to my Web business, or that I think is just darn cool.

The point is, if you are interested in the slightly more business-y side of the Web, where the future of content delivery is headed, or tips about how to make a million ducks, check out and the InfoTalk Podcasts.


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Google Blog Search brings the Blogoshpere to the World

Wed, 09/14/2005 - 18:09 -- rprice
On September 14th, Google launched, a service that searches only results within Web logs, commonly known as blogs. Blogs are just one of the new amateur publishing techniques that have been born in the second decade of the World Wide Web. Blogs allow their owners to write down their thoughts on current events, share their poetry with others, or simply record what is going on in their life at the moment. Blogging also comes with the ability for readers of a blog to post a response to posts, making each article like a miniature bulletin board. One of the most convenient features of blogs are feeds which allow anyone to see the latest information on a blog without having to visit the web page itself.

It is primarily through these feeds that Google Blog Search discovers most of the articles in the known world of blogging, nicknamed the Blogoshpere. Feeds in XML-based formats such as RSS and Atom allow for aggregation services like Ping-O-Matic, as well as home-based feed readers like Firefox Live Bookmarks to be notified whenever a new post is published. Blog readers are then free to read a summary of the post straight from the feed, or follow a URL directly to the blog to read the post from its original source. Google Blog Search paruses millions of feeds every day to allow users of the service to search the world of blogging from a well-known source: Google.

Even though Google does offer its own blogging service through the infinitely popular Blogger, results are not restricted in any way, as long as the posts are broadcast with feeds, Google may be able to find it.

Because Google is so well-known—arguably the most successful search engine of all time—I suspect people will only catch on to reading famous blogs in an even bigger way from now on.

Posted from (September 14, 2005):

Google could do for blogs what Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes is doing for podcasts... those who are still learning to navigate the Web, [will likely] turn to Google or Yahoo or one of the other search engine sites that have become household names.

I'll admit that while I had heard the word "Podcast" used several times last year, I barely knew what it meant until it was offered as a part of iTunes. Now you couldn't keep me from subscribing to at least one new Podcast every week, just to see what is being offered. With tens of thousands of choices amongst Podcast and even more Blogs, the possibilities are limitless.

That's why blog search is so important. How would the Harry Potter fans find each other? Or the readers of Popular Science? Sure, there are forums, but forums are not for everyone. I myself find it difficult to keep up with even a few forum threads. More often than not, I keep a mental list of good forums in my Bookmarks, and rely on Google Search to bring me the rest of the relevant forum posts I need. After finding a needed tip or script, I might not return to that forum again. HOWEVER, if I were to go searching for news on a story of interest, say... Google Blog Search, and found a well-written, informative, maybe witty blog offering, I might just add that to my RSS reader and come back next time I see something interesting in the title.

By the way, if you want to subscribe to my blog, and you use the Firefox browser, click that little orange icon in the bottom right of your window.
Firefox Live Bookmark Icon That's how live bookmarking is done.

Just for example, the search does work. Type in a search for 'Ryan Price', and at least for right now you get a link to several posts containing the words 'Ryan' and/or 'Price', as well as a link to a related blog. The blog happens to belong to my Alberta, Canada counterpart, who also happens to be a web designer.

Now, go and check it out: Google Blog Search.


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Blu-ray DVD shall overcome

Tue, 09/13/2005 - 20:37 -- rprice
Posted from BusinessWeek online (September 14, 2005):

In late August, Toshiba admitted that talks to unify next-gen DVD formats had ceased. "It is regrettable but unavoidable that two formats will remain (on the market),"

I never had much faith in that unification.

Shortly thereafter, the news spread that Toshiba was pushing back its HD DVD launch into 2006 -- the Japanese firm had planned to introduce the first HD DVD players during the fourth quarter of this year. The delay was all that skeptics needed in order to pronounce HD DVD dead, and it apparently was the perfect ammo for Sony to use against the rival format.

I think these quotes really sum up the whole story quite nicely, but here is the low-down:
Sony and Toshiba are starting one of these classic ‘Beta vs. VHS’ battles over the next generation DVD platform. Sony’s Blu-ray is the Beta, with larger storage capacity, but it happens to be more expensive for manufacturers. Toshiba’s selling point is that companies won’t have to re-tool their factories because HD DVD uses the same type of laser as conventional DVD writers.

I am actually pretty shocked that neither company is trying to release anything for 4th Quarter and the holiday shopping kick. That would really solidify what Steve Jobs said in January about 2005 being “The year of HD”. We already have HDTV broadcasts, new video codecs like H.264, HD PVRs, HD pro-sumer and consumer-level video cameras, not to mention these HDTV sets everyone has been buying for the last umpteen years, waiting patiently to see the pores on Bon Jovi’s face in stunning detail.

As far as I can tell, this year is going to go down as “The year HD almost broke into the mainstream”. The same could be said of Toshiba and HD DVD.

Everyone remembers the beginning of the current video game console cycle, and how many people bought a PlayStation 2 because it doubled as a DVD player, and a few people bought it as a cheap and trusted alternative to the overpriced DVD players for sale at the time. With PlayStation 3 set to release during 2nd Quarter of next year, by the time it’s trendy to get a High-Def DVD player, the PS3 will be on the shelves and the Sony fanboys will be rushing out to get one.

According to a claim by Bejamin Feingold, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:
Posted from online (September 6, 2005):

“I think in 12 months it’s all going to be clear: the combination of Blu-ray and PlayStation 3 machines is going to overwhelm any HD DVD presence and all studios will have to support Blu-ray,” said Benjamin Feingold, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.


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Welcome to Beer Blog

Fri, 09/09/2005 - 15:36 -- rprice

Welcome welcome welcome to the world of BEER! Beer Blog is a place to discuss and learn about beers both good and bad from around the world. If you are a friend of hops and barley, you have come to the right address!

My friends and I are part of a local beer enthusiast’s club, and we have this blog to share our beer experiences with you.

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I am a Polyliason

Tue, 06/24/2003 - 05:00 -- rprice

You are 39% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.

Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at

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New Content

Sun, 04/27/2003 - 05:00 -- rprice

Hey all, I know it's been a while, but just some updates:

* I am dating a girl named Erin from Gainesville (she's Mady's friend and an APO brother).
* I am starting my own business called Mortar Interactive. We will do web design and internet software. I am going this week to open the bank account. I'll post once I have the site up!
* I am going to Sweden this summer with the Marching Knights for the Tatoo Festival in Eskjo.
* My summer started on Friday - hooray!

If you want more info than this, there are many ways of contacting me buried in this site. Drop me a line!

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Yet another quote

Wed, 02/05/2003 - 04:00 -- rprice

All I need is "Hi , honey! How was your day?"
(with tongue)
Thanks Steph.
(meaning Steph said this)

Although I don't have cool posting service, feel free to respond to these postings via email or AIM (kerm52), and I just might post your response and make it look all pretty.

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Remember 15 things...

Sun, 11/10/2002 - 04:00 -- rprice

This is a list of stuff I would love to believe all the time, but can't see all the time...

1. At least 5 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you, in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you, is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you, can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. Without you, someone may not be living.
8. You are special and unique, in your own way.
9. Someone that you don't know even exists, loves you.
10. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
11. When you think the world has turned it's back on you, take a look, you most likely turned your back on the world.
12. When you think you have no chance at getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you believe in yourself, you probably sooner or later will get it.
13. Always remember compliments you received, forget about the rude remarks.
14. Always tell someone how you feel about them, you will feel much better when they know.
15. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they're great.

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Mon, 11/04/2002 - 04:00 -- rprice

According to a recent poll, guys with messy sock drawers have sex three times more per month than those who organize their socks. I never knew there was such a direct connection between socks and sex. Maybe soon, schools will be offering courses in socks education.

The poll was conducted by IKEA, the home furnishings people. It was part of their "You Can't Be Too Organized" survey. I guess this "more sex" result was not something that the pro-organized people at IKEA predicted. And those who are disorganized don't just have more sex. According to the poll, their relationships might be better in other ways, too. Those couples that don't have closet organizers argue three times less per month than those who do. (I don't know what a "closet organizer" is, so I guess we don't have one. I could ask my wife if she thinks we should get one, but that might just cause an argument.)

Also, men who don't own Palm Pilots are more likely to remember their wives' birthdays than men who do own them.

These results are not all that surprising. If you spend all your time organizing your socks or entering data in your Palm Pilot, you will have little time for anything else. Also, if you are compulsive, and must do things like make sure all the dishes are clean before going to bed, or check to see that all the doors are locked several times before you can relax, your spouse will probably be asleep before you're ready to settle in for the night.

Being organized seems almost by definition to be un-sexy. How many people fantasize about a romantic stranger who makes lists? How many people dream about a sexy somebody who has a calendar on his watch? How turned on would you be if you heard, "I'll be right with you. I just have to color-code my shirts?"

On the other hand, while a disregard for order might be sexy in the beginning, what about a long-term relationship? According to the survey, married men were four times more likely to leave their pajamas on the floor in the morning than single men. I wonder what percentage of wives find that sexy.

There are other curious results of the poll. Registered Republicans were three times more likely to color-code their T-shirt drawers and organize their closets than registered Democrats. However, Democrats were five times as likely to color-code their files at work than Republicans. What conclusions should we draw from this data? That Republicans are less likely to have sex at home and Democrats are less likely to have sex at work? I don't think recent history supports this.

Despite the messy socks-good sex connection, the people at IKEA maintain that being organized is a good thing. They believe that you can gain a great deal of quality time by reducing all the minutes and hours you spend looking for keys, glasses, or the remote control. (By the way, according to the survey, men spend an average of 80 minutes per week looking for the remote control. Women spend 7 minutes.)

I'm not so sure about this quality time benefit. Almost daily, while I'm looking frantically for my keys, glasses, or the remote control, I'll come across something that I lost a week or two ago. I might never have found that thing if I had a regular place for my keys, glasses, or the remote control.

Let's put this whole survey in perspective. It was conducted by a home furnishings company. Is this really where we should be getting our information about sex and relationships? Traditionally we learn about these things on the playground or from daytime TV. Besides, how unbiased can a company that sells organizers be about organization?

And this isn't just any furniture company. It's IKEA. That's the place that sells you furniture in a million pieces that you put together after you get home, working from directions that always seem upside down. I'm not sure that this company should be considered experts in sex. If I bought a bed from IKEA, I'd probably spend more time trying to assemble it than I would using it.

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