February 28, 2005

Directory of Feeds?

Check out this press release on Nooked making a directory of RSS feeds.... Yes.. I can understand that desire for this sort of thing. Categories include: Arts & Humanities, Entertainment, Recreation & Sport, Technology, Automotive, Government, Reference, Business, Health, Regional, Education, News & Media, Science. Yes, that covers the entire world of RSS at Nooked sees it. And yes, we are again left feeling that top down categorization is lacking, but none the less, they say:

Reminds me of a story a friend tells about how in 1993, his secretary maintained a directory of all websites.. and so whenever anyone would make a new site, they would fax her the URL, so she could add it to the list. Then one day, some guys came by, asking about the list, and she mentioned it to my friend, who forgot about it. Later it turned out to be Jerry Yang at Yahoo. Was the basis for their hierarchical list.

The point is, though, that we cannot make lists of RSS feeds. We have to have search for them, and discovery. There is no way a list is scalable, categorizable, or anything else.

Posted by Mary Hodder at February 28, 2005 02:42 PM | TrackBack

Mary, this is indicative of the sad state of the spam wars: my last email to you was rejected because my host (EFF) has evidently been blacklisted as spam by your anti-spam software. So I'm writing you here to make sure we're on for Wednesday, not Tuesday. Sorry to interrupt the blog!

Posted by: Donna Wentworth at February 28, 2005 04:30 PM

Hi Mary

You make a valid point, and that's been a response I've seen elsewhere about our directory (and directories in general).

Our initial goal is to offer a helpful tool that makes life a bit more efficient for people looking for Corporate RSS feeds

Let's take an example using, say, law firms. Say I'm a journalist for a legal industry publication, or an analyst, or a law firm owner. In each case, say I want to obtain RSS feeds for all the law firms worldwide(Our assumption is that in the next couple of years all companies will offer RSS feeds).

Today, there are two routes I can take: manually visit each law firm's site, locate their feed and subscribe to it, or visit the Nooked directory, grab the OPML file for law firms and add it to my RSS reader. I know which route I'd prefer.

We've got some great feedback from the community so far, and we will be implementing some enhancements that people want, that will make this directory even more useful for people looking for corporate RSS feeds


Posted by: Fergus Burns at March 3, 2005 04:00 AM