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About Feeds

About Feeds

Many websites have links labeled "XML" or "RSS" or "Atom". All of these are ways of saying that you can find out about updates to that site without having to visit the site in your web browser.

This feature is referred to as "syndication" or "aggregation". Sometimes it's just called subscribing. And these days, instead of one of these words, lots of sites will use a little orange button. The standard one looks like this: Feed It's also common to see buttons that say "RSS" or "XML", which looks like this: XML

All these links and buttons mean the same thing: The site you're viewing has a feed available.

We've provided a little bit of information here on how you can get easily get started reading feeds for free. We'll also tell you how you can publish a feed of your own, if you'd like.

Getting Started

Who Publishes Feeds?

Anyone that publishes on the web can publish a feed. Blogs (or weblogs) were one of the first types of sites to offer feeds. But most major newspapers and news websites, hobbyist sites, and even stores like all offer feeds, too.

What Do I Need?

Just like when you want to watch a video clip or listen to music on the web, you need a "player" of some kind to subscribe to feeds. Good news: Most of these tools are free, and there are many to choose from, so you can find the one that best suits you.

The "player" for a feed is called a feed reader. This tool lets you subscribe to any feeds you want, checks automatically to see when they're updated, and then displays the updates for you as they arrive.

Feed readers can run on your computer or you can sign up to use a feed-reader that runs on the web. If you use one of the web-based readers, you can access your feeds from anywhere you go, just by signing into the website that manages your feeds. If you use a feed reading program that installs on your computer, your feeds can be stored for you even if you're not connected to the Internet.

What Feed Reader Should I Use?

Here's a list some of the most popular tools our customers have told us they like.

On the web: If you don't want to have to install a program, many people choose My Yahoo!, Google Personalized Homepage, My MSN, or My AOL to read feeds right within the home page that their browser starts in. Other providers of web-based feed readers include Rojo. Bloglines, Attensa Online, or NewsGator Online. All of the web-based services are free. Also free is our own service, LiveJournal, which is a blogging community that also lets you read feeds on your friends page.

On your computer: If you want a feed reading program that runs on your own computer, there are a few options. Anyone using the Mozilla Firefox web browser has support for feeds built-in, and Microsoft Windows users have support for feeds in Internet Explorer 7. Apple Macintosh users can also use the built-in support for feeds in the Safari web browser.

If you want a separate program to read feeds, you can use FeedDemon or NewsGator for Microsoft Outlook or Attensa for Outlook if you're on Microsoft Windows. Both tools let you switch between these programs and the web-based reader at any time. If you're on a Macintosh running OS X, the most popular feed reader is NetNewsWire, which can also connect to the web-based services.

Subscribing to Feeds

Once you've got a tool to read feeds, you'll want to find some feeds worth reading. Many of the tools listed above provide some built-in feeds to get you started. Then, as you visit other sites on the web, you can keep your eyes open for links that say XML or RSS or Syndication, or for that orange button up above, and add the feeds you find interesting.

Publishing a Feed

If you're taken by the convenience and power of being able to deliver information regularly right to the screens of anyone who's interested, you might want to publish your own feed. The good news is, it's surprisingly easy.

All Sixapart tools, such as Movable Type, TypePad, LiveJournal and Vox, publish feeds automatically, without you having to set up anything. If you're interested, you can find out which tool is right for you.

Looking for technical information? Our Six Apart Developer Center has all the information you need.

February 11, 2007

Us Gaboogers

A small (less than 6 more than 4) software company based in North Vancouver. We are working on some very useful and cool apps that will make any small business drool, that may be somewhat biased. Our Audio Conferencing application is live.

The Founding Team

Erik Lagerway, Co-founder


Erik Lagerway is a VoIP entrepreneur with a long history of innovation in IP communications. As co-founder, President and COO at Counterpath (formerly Xten), Erik was responsible for product strategies, marketing, sales and engineering. Erik designed the first softphone products and go-to-market strategies for Xten. He was instrumental in growing the company from 2 to over 40 employees and bringing the company from startup to over $3 million in sales in less than two years. Xten customers acquired during Erik's tenure include Yahoo!, Vonage, Deutsche Telekom and over 55 other carriers, OEMs, and portals. Erik's understanding of the VoIP industry and his ability to uncover market opportunities provided Xten with award-winning industry leadership for SIP softphones. Before Xten, Erik founded Vocalscape, a successful Canadian VoIP and eCRM start-up that also won several technology awards.

Dan Gibbons, Co-founder

Marketing and technology executive and entrepreneur with extensive experience in brand strategy, online and offline marketing. Particular focus on leveraging new technologies into relevant, pragmatic solutions to business problems. Marketing analytics and optimization, return on marketing investment, branding and identity.

February 12, 2007

Then there were 5

About two weeks ago I was on the phone with my bro from down under and told him of this grand dream I had of creating a simple conference solution for us lazy types who tend to miss most conference calls because we can't find that damn PIN, or.. we are sleeping. Well, brosef became quite interested and leapt onto a passing jet and landed in North Vancouver soon thereafter.

One thing lead to another and 3 days later we had a business plan written, and financial projections near done. The next day Randy (brosef) came home from skiing Whistler and walked into the basement and nearly tripped over two of our newest additions to the team. He was greeted by two eager developers, punching code in what used to be his bedroom. Hah! That oughta learn em! He wasn't surprised, probably disappointed that it took THAT long.

2 days later a colleague of mine from cow-town came for a visit and he too caught the bug. The next day he took his place in the now crowded basement and we were now a party of five. Things moved pretty quick. Good thing my wife knows me or there could have been issues.

So there you have it, a few burgers later - the beginnings of Gaboogie. Me and the guys will be posting daily, uploading photos, maybe videos and possibly even some shots of your mama! So stick around and see how we buildup this cool Rails app into a functioning business.

February 22, 2007

Building simple apps for smart businesses

It often seems that there is too much complex, expensive software available for business and far too few simple, pragmatic tools to make life easier and more productive.

There's all kinds of hype about Web 2.0, so much so that it already seems like an anachronistic term, but the good news is that there are lots of dedicated teams out there building the next generation of web apps in ways that will genuinely solve business problems. And they'll do so in ways that quickly transform all kinds of industries in which old technology and older ways of doing business currently just get in the way.

Gaboogie plans to be one of those teams. For the next couple of months we'll mostly be keeping our heads down and focusing on completing and testing our first product. It might appear that we're being overly mysterious, but at this point we want to articulate our philosophy and overall approach, and not hype what we're doing until we've done it. Stay tuned.

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