Major update to Democracy Player – version 0.9 released

Democracy Player is the leading video RSS player, with powerful features and a beautiful interface. It's free and open-source, supports bittorrent feeds, and has a built-in Channel Guide with more that 600 free RSS video feeds (you can also add any feed manually). This new version adds playlists and folders and is translated into 30 languages.

Add comment September 13th, 2006

Should you create RSS Feeds on your site or host them elsewhere?

Should you create RSS Feeds on your site or host them elsewhere?

There are several ways to create RSS Feeds for your website. Some site owners and webmasters may find it helpful to use a RSS feed hosting service like, while others may want the RSS feed to come from their own site. There are, of course, advantages and disadvantages to each approach.

Advantages of using RSS feed hosting
One of the primary advantages of using a RSS feed hosting service like to create your RSS feed is that it is fast. A quick visit to the site, signup and immediately start creating your RSS feed. To create your custom RSS feed, you choose the title and then can immediately start adding RSS feed items. As you add RSS feed items, they are immediately shown in the feed. Add the code that provides to your website, and your feed is immediately available for subscribers and to be distributed by others across the web!

Another advantage is speed. Instead of researching the RSS Feed specification, programming your own xml, and adjusting your server details, you are immediately able to offer your feed. In an environment where time is money, it is sometimes nice to have something that “just works” and is done. If you are a web site owner with little technical expertise, RSS feed hosting can save you valuable time to pursue other business objectives for your web site.

A third advantage is bandwidth. If your hosting package comes with unlimited bandwidth, this is not really much of a concern. But if your hosting account has limits, it is important to consider how creating a RSS Feed can impact those limits. The nature of RSS Feeds is to be constantly polled by subscribers, RSS directories, and feed distribution partners. As your feed membership grows, it could impact your page load times or other server resources like bandwidth.

A RSS feed hosting service like will never be able to offer the customization that an expert programmer and webmaster could provide their feed. But with very little time and expertise, most webmasters and site owners appreciate being able to setup their RSS Feeds quickly, easily, and experiment with this exciting new technology.

Add comment August 27th, 2006

The pressing need for RSS

According to a recent report, 85% of all email can now be classified as spam! The pressing need for RSS is to deliver content to people that have SUBSCRIBED to it, without the mess that our email inboxes have become. If you do not already offer RSS feeds, get one now at, the web's best FREE RSS generator.

Add comment June 19th, 2006

Ping list | pinging services

A recent post on Site Reference explored where to ping when your feed is updated. Here are some of the many places:

Add comment June 14th, 2006

Tips for Promoting RSS Feeds

Site Reference has a new article Tips for Promoting RSS Feeds. Tha article is excellent at giving some quick tips on making sure your feed gets noticed and subscribed to by your users. Check it out!

Add comment June 12th, 2006

New version of NetNewsWire available!

NetNewsWire 2.1, from News Gator features extensive performance enhancements, universal binary support for Intel-based Macs, synchronization with the NewsGator Online platform, and a number of additional customer-requested features.

Add comment May 10th, 2006

Dave Winer’s idea to share OPML

Dave Winer, one of the most popular bloggers, has recently launched a site designed for the sharing of OPML. From Dave's FAQ: OPML is “an XML-based format that allows exchange of outline-structured information between applications running on different operating systems and environments”. In short, it allows you to share information about which feeds you subscribe to, and how they should be organized. Check out Dave's “Share your OPML” site now!

Add comment May 10th, 2006

Microsoft sees RSS coming into mainstream

Steve Balmer, CEO of Microsoft, recently touted the upcoming RSS Feed capabilities of Internet Explorer 7 and their upcoming Vista operating system.

“I think for a lot of you RSS feeds will increasingly be an important way for how you essentially allow your users to sign up to receive your messages,” Ballmer said.

The remarks were made at the recent Microsoft Strategic Account Summit.

Add comment May 9th, 2006

Using RSS to provide HTML content for your site

There is a discussion over at WebProNews about using RSS to provide fresh HTML content for your site. Several advantages include:

  • The content comes from feeds chosen by you, the webmaster
  • The content is fresh, ever changing. This is the kind of content Google loves!

Be sure to checkout the discussion: Converting RSS to HMTL!

Add comment May 8th, 2006

RSS Click Through Rates compare favorably with email

Pheedo reports that RSS feed click-through rates range from 7 to 11%. DoubleClick says the average e-mail CTR is only 8.3%. RSS is right with email, as far as Click-Through-Rates are concerned. Visitors using RSS are likely a more tech saavy group than the average internet user, but that will surely change as the mainstream embraces RSS over the next two years.

Add comment May 7th, 2006

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