Full vs. partial RSS feeds: My $.02

Plenty has been written about the full feed vs. partial feed debate since Chris Pirillo switched from full to partial. As I understand it, the decision was based on subscribers to the full feed using the posts without pointing back to Pirillo’s site. By switching to partial feeds, you had no choice but to visit the site if you wanted to read the entire post.

Pirillo has evidently returned to full feeds, noting in his blog:

I love how everybody whines when they don’t get their way - it’s human nature. So, for all of you who unsubscribed from my RSS feed because it wasn’t the way you wanted it (even though you’re not the one providing it…

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PR vs. trademarks

I used to work for Mattel. From 1984 to 1988 I was a communicator at the company’s headquarters, then located in Hawthorne, California. I started out managing employee communications and was director of corporate communications by the time Mattel and I parted ways. During my time at Mattel, I came to understand that the company’s defense of its trademarks had assumed kneejerk proportions. Any perceived violation of the trademark prompted swift legal action with no consideration for the consequences. Nobody at Mattel ever dreamed that the fallout from such action might actually be worse than the damage caused by the violation. “If we let… Read More »

Posts count, not the number of blogs

Interesting note from the Wall Street Journal’s Carl Bialik (by way of Frank Barnako’s Internet Daily about measuring the growth of blogs. The total number of blogs isn’t a relevant measure, Bialik suggests, since there is wide disagreement about the total number blogs (between 10 and 32 million). With new blogs being started and bloggers abandoning existing blogs, it’s a moving target at best.

Easier to track—and more pertinent—is the total number of blog posts contributed each day. According to Barnako, “That’s an indication of activity and life. Technorati says it tracks as many as 900,000 postings a day, while Blog Pulse says it… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #36: May 26, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (on Autodesk’s blog and podcast combo; which non-tech companies use blogs; how to structure Desert Island Discs); podcasting in the news: going mainstream; Blogebrity and reality or not; looking for writers via blog posts; the virtues of print; RSS comes to Microsoft’s Knowledge base; the London geek mega-dinner next month.

Show notes for May 26, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 55-minute conversation recorded live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Download the file here (MP3, 22MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future… Read More »

Constructive criticism

Trevor Cook, one of the authors of the Corporate Engagement blog, took Robert Scoble and Shel Israel to task over the content of Chapter 7 of “Naked Conversations,” their book about blogging, the first draft of which they posted to their “Red Couch” blog. Cook’s critique was blistering at times. (Neville and I discussed it on our most recent podcast.)

How did Scoble and Israel respond? Did they get defensive? Ignore Cook in the hopes he’d go away? Retaliate by slamming Cook’s blog? Tackle each of Cook’s points one by one in the hopes or proving him wrong?

Nope. They told Trevor that their editor was factoring many of Cook’s comments… Read More »

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