Yahoo! Pipes for open and extreme feed manipulation

Jul 25, 2008

A growing body of content is now available as a structured feed. While feed readers make use of this structure to organise various feeds in groups etc, Yahoo! Pipes allows the content of feeds to be manipulated programmatically. Yahoo! Pipes is not just a visual programming platform, the pipes created by the users are open source and can be incorporated or even cloned and modified. Pipes can be thought of as feeds of feeds (meta feeds) and can get to be extremely complex and powerful.

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Time Magazine’s top websites for 2008

Jul 8, 2008

10 Essential Sites

http://www.time.com/time/specials/
2007/article/0,28804,1812202_1812206,00.html

Wikipedia

http://wikipedia.org/

Despite repeated attempts to compromise its integrity, Wikipedia remains the most popular online encyclopedia on the Web. Since anyone can create or edit a Wikipedia page, both companies and individuals have been caught airbrushing and embellishing their own entries.

Yahoo! Finance

http://finance.yahoo.com/

A haven for armchair investors and money junkies, Yahoo! Finance has everything you need to keep up with business – news, stock-specific research, charts, even press releases. For all the criticism about Yahoo!’s failure to innovate, its finance site showcases the best of what the company has to offer.

Craigslist

http://craigslist.org/

In the $15 billion online classified market, Craigslist is a Web pioneer that will never go stale, and remains the essential site for want ads ranging from real estate and used furniture to jobs, romance and one-night stands. Its services are available in over 500 cities in 50 countries.

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Power 150 media and marketing blogs

Jun 22, 2008

Todd Andrlik (http://toddand.com/) ranks the top media and marketing blogs and hosts the list on Advertising Age. While the name conveys otherwise, actually over 650 blogs are listed, click here to browse the rankings:

http://adage.com/power150/
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PCWorld India Web Awards Best Indian Websites 2008

Jun 12, 2008

Best Indian Websites 2008: PCWorld Web Awards

By PC World Team (Friday, June 6, 2008)

http://www.pcworld.in/india/features/Monitors/
Best_Indian_Websites_2008_PCWorld_Web_Awards/4325507/12

Jury Members

How Websites were Evaluated

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Seoquake data on over 350 cricket and sports sites

Jun 5, 2008

The unexpected success of the debut season of the Indian Premier League can be attributed to a number of factors but most importantly it was proof that Indian cricket fans can be equally proud of their regional teams as they are of their national team. And of course, the reduced duration of a 20:20 match only served to rope in more and more fans. As if all this wasn’t enough, IPL 2008 climaxed with a cracker of a match with just 1 run needed to win on the last ball. All this fanfare resulted in additional traffic for both new and established cricket sites.

To get an idea about what cricket websites and blogs to visit, Seoquake (http://www.seoquake.com/) was used to get data on various sites covering sports, cricket and IPL. This raw data was then made uniform in format (values which were not available were changed to 0, while for parameters where lower is better, these were changed to the highest value available) and a composite score was calculated so as to gauge how the websites fared on a wide range of parameters.

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Seoquake for Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer

Jun 2, 2008

Seoquake provides over 50 parameters for page strength (including Google PageRank, Alexa Rank and others) on the fly. This data can then be exported as a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file and manipulated in a spreadsheet. This makes it possible to define your own composite page strength using normalization and weightages. If needed, custom parameters can also be created, further adding to the flexibility.

Note: Frequent use of big amount of parameters may lead to the ban from search engines.

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Popular Feeds and Readers

May 6, 2008

Getting Started With Feeds

BBC – The Feed Factory – What are feeds?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/feedfactory/help_what.shtml

RSS is also an international standard, and is rapidly growing in popularity. It used to be just technology and blog sites that offered it, but RSS is now becoming mainstream: many bbc.co.uk sites now offer RSS feeds.

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