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Quest For Common Syndication

Quest For Common Syndication

Under normal circumstances this would be a very scary propositon - weblogs have reached hype status, and this means 800 pound gorillas are approaching the patch!. Why should we create our own blogsphere FUD.

Well things work differently in the blogspehere, and it leads to wonderful opportunities for like minded individuals to put their vast array of skills to constructive use. My hunch is that this effort -syndication format standardization- will be sorted out quickly, and even act as a showcase for the collaborative prowess of Blogs and Wikis. Take a look at the blog snippet below (I urge you to follow the Wiki link).

Sam Ruby is leading an effort to create a new weblog format and API. There's a Wiki that's open for all to contribute to, and an impressive list of people who support the work. [via Scripting News]

I hope this is one of many similar efforts that usher in the next phase of the Web (the Semantic one of course!).

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How Amazon Opens Up And Cleans Up

How Amazon Opens Up And Cleans Up

Just yesterday we had an article about how Amazon's technology was becoming their biggest product, but that could soon change as people continue to innovate around Amazon's web services offering, letting just about anyone access Amazon's vast database, and built interesting and useful applications on it. When they originally launched this offering a number of developers thought it was cool, but weren't sure what could actually be done with it. However, given some time, data, and an open API, creative developers are always going to come up with interesting solutions. I don't know if any of these are really a "killer app" yet, but Amazon now has a vision of being the "e-commerce platform" for the world. There's something appealing about that notion. If, anytime you wanted to sell something on your website, you could easily hook into Amazon's catalog, transaction processing, and fulfillment process, there are some interesting possibilities. Right now, it's just simple things, such as creating a way to automatically match up the top song titles being played on the radio with those CDs at Amazon. In the future, though, you could see how an even bigger and more powerful Amazon could become something of a central "bucket of e-commerce" which many other sites pull from in creative ways. So, then, the question becomes how big is this opportunity, really? As I said, it's an appealing idea, but how many people actually buy through these sorts of applications vs. those who just go to Amazon and buy it themselves. The "killer app" built on top of Amazon would need to have really compelling reasons to buy directly through it - and I don't think anyone's gotten that far yet. [via Techdirt]

There is nothing wrong with embracing Open Standards. Amazon is demonstrating

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