Dec 27th 2005 bits

Google will be releasing a feed reader API. Nicely investigated by Niall Kennedy. Scoble seems a little pissed off and a little impatient as a result. But honest to a fault at the same time.

Jeff Jarvis has an enthusiastic rant about Amazon’s author blogs initiative. Jarvis and ranting? Yes, the the name of the day ends in a “y”. :) Still, a very valid rant as usual with Jeff. It’s good they’ve got blogs, shit they don’t allow comments and links to external blogs. But that may change in time. If I were Amazon I’d approach people like Bookslut and ask their permission to link to them from some main book section on Amazon and offer to host them if there is a dramatic traffic increase. They should be doing the same with other maven type sites too. For Ireland they should be linking to the likes of Sigla or Bibliofemme. I still stand by my statement about bookshop.ie

I’ve read Fred Wilson’s blog before and enjoy it for his VC musings and his excellent taste in music. I’ve just added him to my bloglines. In a recent post he quoted Alan Kay who said “The best way to predict the future is to invent it. “ Very true. Hopefully Newsroom.ie can meet some of these future predictors.

Edit: Clarified Jeff’s enthusiasm about Amazon!

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4 Responses to “Dec 27th 2005 bits”

  1. Jeff Jarvis says:

    Rant? No, it’s a list of enthusiastic suggestions from a fan.

  2. Damien says:

    Yes I suppose rant may seem negative and the way I framed it too. I’m a big fan of rants though and see them as good things. I’ll stick in the word enthusiastic into the post. Now if you excuse me, I have to go MSN all my friends and go “OhMyGodOhMyGodOhMyGod Jeff Jarvis commented on my blog!”

    Ahem.

  3. [...] : LATER: Damien Mulley suggests: If I were Amazon I’d approach people like Bookslut and ask their permission to link to them from some main book section on Amazon and offer to host them if there is a dramatic traffic increase. They should be doing the same with other maven type sites too. [...]

  4. Sinéad says:

    If Amazon sought out such links it would be a great way for book buyers to find quality reviews they wouldn’t otherwise. I often find I don’t trust some of the Amazon reviews as anyone can write them. I also remember that when bibliofemme started reviewing all the other books we read outside of bookclub, we thought we might post them on Amazon – only to discover some smallprint that says they own copyright of any reviews they publish. Not sure if that’s still the case though.
    Damien, you’ve got me tempted by bookshop.ie.

    Happy new year Mr. M (Signed Neil Gaiman book still waiting for you!)

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