Take advantage of the network of relationships between blogs and sites

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I’m blogging. Contraction of “ web log” , and represent the form of personal Web site in vogue for some time now . As such, they are much loved by some, hated by others since . There are also very sophisticated software designed specifically to create them, but the easiest way to build one is to rely on the many services that , more or less free , offering fast and effective tools to create their own blog from scratch in just a few clicks .

Without having technical knowledge , you can open your space and begin to ” publish” your thoughts, organized in the typical chronological diary that is the key feature of the blog. It thus becomes part of that community of people who , with a word perhaps now a bit ‘ abused, is called the blogosphere . Blogs in fact rarely remain isolated ; often link to other blogs, “like” thus participating in the creation of a very dense web of relations . It is true that even the normal Web sites contain links (links ) between them , but in the case of blogs, the links are worth more personal bloggers visiting other people’s blogs , comment on them and participate in it , only to be reciprocated . They fit in your blog references to those friends, to similar blogs that you appreciate .
This creates networks of knowledge, interests and themes . All of this implies , of course, intensive visits , links and quotes. Unfortunately, blogs , being essentially the result of personal passion , have a refresh rate of very uneven : sometimes also goes a long time between updates and more. It just so happens that the traditional mode of consultation ( open the page to see if there is something new ) is frustrating , especially if the sites are affecting many.

You can automate this task ?

Certainly .
A news agency staff The English word ” syndication” , has no equivalent equally effective in Italian and indicates the transfer of content such as news stories or comic strips , through an agency that negotiates the publication. By analogy , the term content syndication indicates the operation with which they make available the contents of a Web site so that they can be used by others. The articles and news, in addition to appearing as usual in the form of a Web page, also become available in a special format , not intended to be read by a human being , but by a software. The information managed by these programs is called a newsfeed ( or, more briefly , feed) , a word that indicates its origin in the flow of news from a news agency .
Why indeed provide a site for a feed means just to equip it with a sort of ” news agency ” that provides , in summary form , its content to anyone who wants to include them in their Web pages The content of a feed can range from a simple list link to the full text of the articles: depends on the choices of who provides it. At first sight, for anyone who owns a website , generate the feed operation seems self-defeating , because it allows a third party to exploit the content without even visit its pages . In practice , it proves an exchange advantageous for all: the site providing the feed acquires visibility and connections, while those who exploit the power of attorney is free content feeds to ” flesh out ” their pages . It is important to maintain a minimum level of fairness and do not run for their content that they are not. For example , it is generally improper practice of ” scraping” ( could be translated into ” scratch “), which is to make use of programs written specifically to generate a news feed starting from HTML Web pages of others. Pages whose author , perhaps, has no desire to be circulated without his knowledge. Recently, Google has begun legal action against a programmer who had created a rich news feeds obtained by scraping the site of topical Google.
The standards war Unlike other Web technologies , the process of content syndication do not move from one standard and well-defined , but it has a troubled history and still evolving.
Everything started in 1999 with the My Netscape portal , which allowed users of the famous browser to create a sort of personalized news . My Netscape procured the news from newsfeedanyone who wanted to fornirgliene , provided you use a specific format , which was called RSS ( Rich Site Syndication originally ) , and it was a great success : on the one hand, the sites had an easy way to increase your visibility Nestscape other free material is procured for their own pages .
With the subsequent crisis of Netscape, however, is a new company to exploit and develop the idea : Userland Software , makers of software for creating blogs .
It is so published version of RSS  , which is still the basis of many syndication services . At this point, however, the consent of the blogger is no longer unique : on the one hand Userland publishes an updated version of the software called RSS , another group of experts on the other produces a system of different syndication and baptizes RSS 1.0 . As if that were not enough , Userland out later with a further review of its standards , which called RSS 2.0, although it has not actually anything to do with RSS 1.0 , which is based on a different technology .

The situation is so intricate that there is not even consensus on what the word RSS: according to sources , “Rich Site Syndication ” or ” RDF Site Syndication” , or ” Really Simple Syndication” , to agree at least on this , we use now say , diplomatically , that ” RSS is only a name, not an acronym .” Last but not least , recently a third group has developed an open standard called Atom , which is proposed as a ” final solution .” Determine which is the “best” solution is an exercise maybe interesting , but all in all not very useful , you just know that, from the practical point of view , there is a big difference between all of these technologies . The only problem is that not all systems support them equally.
For example, Google , which owns Blogger.com important site , recently announced to abandon the various RSS in favor of the newer Atom format , which is not supported by many programs of feed management . While waiting for a standard to emerge a winner, on the sites appear more icons, each of which corresponds to a different system newsfeed.
And, for the most desperate cases , there are services that convert feeds from one format to another , such as Feedburner .
” Syndicating ” Create a blog a feed of its website , as well as incorporate a feed of others, is not an easy task , even if it relies on solutions ” pre-packaged ” , requires some programming skills ( experts can find a list of resources of this kind at http://www.rssgov.com/rssparsers.html.) For those who have a blog, however, everything is easier , if you are using a system that supports this service. In this case, the system automatically generates the feed from the items we have entered , and it remains only to add to the page should be a link. Splinder.com , one of the most popular blogging platforms in Italy , provides a feed in RSS format only to those who subscribe to one of the formulas for a fee (the cheapest among these, BlogSpace , it costs about three Euros per month) . The American Blogger.com , however, offers the service for free , but the only size available is the latest Atom , the site is also in English.
The personalized newspaper The President of the United States is the only person in the world who, every morning, only one copy is printed in a personalized daily with the most important news . If we find the suggestive idea , we can use the technology of feed to get us something like assembling the various news feeds that are on the network . For this purpose, we abandon the Web , and we provide an appropriate program : a ” desktop feed readers “, ie a desktop feed reader (sometimes also called newsreaders , but introducing such an ambiguity with the software used to access the news Usenet , which are quite different ) . There are for all tastes and for all platforms : for example, FeedDemon for Windows (shareware , www.feeddemon.com ) and NetNewsWire http://netnewswireapp.com/.

There are dozens and dozens , even for free , just search for ” RSS reader” on any search engine. Beyond the small differences that set them apart , the operation of these programs is the same: just enter the feed links , and these programs draw the news as they appear and assemble to form a sort of real-time agency personal printing . Often also allow you to save the news, so that you can see below, even when you are not connected to the Net

Those who disdained the installation of new software may resort to similar managed services through Web sites , however , called ” aggregators ” : a solution that has the advantage of being always available , regardless of which computer you are using.
There are many sites of this kind, among which the most famous is probably Bloglines ( www.bloglines.com ) .
But how to find feeds that interest us ? It can happen, first of all, to meet an icon indicative while you browse a Web site of interest. Otherwise, if there is not a clear sign of this type , you can see if the site in question conceals a feed somewhere less obvious : for this purpose you can use the search tool BlogStreet , who scours or inspects a site our choice of looking for a feed. Alternatively , you can go directly to feed relying on the hunt for one of the various search engines dedicated to this purpose : Syndic8 ( www.elsindi8.com/ ) is certainly the most famous, but it is also very rich Fagan Finder www.faganfinder.com/blogs/


Words to know the meaning


(Content) Syndication: Operation that provides, through an agency, provision to third parties of newspaper articles or editorial content. The Content Syndication is the process through which to share content via the Web


Feed (newsfeed): Flow of an agency news release. With regard to the Web identifies a set of instructions, visually represented by a button, to share news and content with other users using ad-hoc programs to look for them. Scraping: Practice “pirate” that provides for the creation of unauthorized newsfeed directly from your code (HTML) web pages