Comments in RSS

One of the arguments against full-text RSS feeds is that you can’t see any comments. With partial-text feeds, you need to go to the blog to finish reading what you’ve started, and that’s where you’ll find comments. If you can read the entire entry, the argument goes, you’ll have no incentive to visit the blog and thus the comments will go unread.

It’s a moot point now, at least for this blog. After several fits and starts with my templates, I’ve made the adjustment to deliver comments in my full-text feed. I’m sure it’s working in RSS 2.0, in any case.

You still need to visit the blog in order to add your own comment, but I suspect… Read More »

The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #47: July 4, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (positive opinions about podcasts; negative opinions about Virgin’s New York podcasts; sans-serif fonts and the new generation; is open source marketing open?; a suggestion for FIR #50; mixing a genuine CEO blogger with a fake Toyota Yaris blog); Six Apart upgrades TypePad; call for ideas for blogging IABC’s next conference; Steve Rubel’s first podcast; a terrible tale of a criminal blogger; from Our Correspondent Down Under.

Show notes for July 4, 2005

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Who’s paying attention?

Note: This is a rewrite of an original post that I have deleted.

I frequently hear a dismissal of blogs, particularly as an activity in which leaders should engage, based on the volume of readers. It’s an old argument. I recall at one time, many years ago, the same argument was made for ignoring threads in message boards: “How many people actually read this stuff? Should we be making decisions or investing time on something that is read by only a handful of people?”

There were arguments to support the time and effort to monitor message boards and assess their impact. For example, how many lurkers were there, individuals who visited by… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #46: June 30, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (on iTunes 4.9 and bandwidth, IABC Cafe posts, blogging the Nortel AGM); podcasts and Polish sausage; the launch of iTunes 4.9; Virgin Atlantic’s New York podcasts; PR Week UK talks about blogs; IABC International Conference; IABC Fellows; FIR celebrates 50 shows on July 14.

Show notes for June 30, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 79-minute conversation recorded live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Concord, California, USA.

Download the file here (MP3, 32MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic… Read More »

Does BusinessWire get RSS?

Judy Gombita reports that BusinessWire, the venerable news release distribution service, has embraced RSS. She sent along a message journalist Chris Edwards posted to a UK listserv that notes BW “has kicked off a service that actually looks workable. Its RSS feeds are customised for each journalist that has a Businesswire login. I’ve added it to the Safari toolbar to see if it’s more usable than the daily email listing.”

Edwards also says that PR Newsire is farther behind, offering only a feed that includes everything, including the kitchen sink, “so you get disposable nappy, flavoured baked bean and toothbrush announcements mixed in… Read More »

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