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.
10 Essential Sites
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.
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.
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.
Best Indian Websites 2008: PCWorld Web Awards
By PC World Team (Friday, June 6, 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.
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.
Getting Started With Feeds
BBC – The Feed Factory – What are feeds?
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.