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The Birth of RSS

Dave’s WordPress Blog tells of “How the NY Times came to support RSS”, which, in a way, became the driving force behind the birth of RSS.

Anyway, the NY Times is not a sideline player in the history of RSS, as I’ve written before, they played a central role, first denying us permission to use their content, then allowing it, and in doing so, providing an example for the rest of the publishing industry, which followed their lead without undermining them, without reinventing the technology, to their credit.

What is fascinating about his story is not just about the NY Times involvement, but how the entire process came together, part collaboration, part intrigue, and a huge part of waking a client up then leading them by the nose to eventually getting them to do it “your way” in the end, with everyone fairly happy. Amazing. A really good example for learning “how it should be done” in business.

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  1. Posted February 14, 2006 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    FYI: This post is dated March 10, 2006. And many other posts here are also in the future.

    Did you have articles waiting to be posted in the future that somehow got posted now?

    PS They’re all great posts…

  2. Posted May 4, 2009 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    For a really simple syndication service (sic) Rss just doesn’t make sense to me. How do you set up a feed from your own blog or web site; e.g. for your blog or website to notify subscribers via autoresponder and then conversely, how do you set things up so you can subscribe to a few feeds and then have them appearing as new content on your own blog? Something very basic is escaping me!!!

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