Independent Publishing - Articles Archive
from October 6, 2004 to September 12, 2004

The potential for commercially-minded bloggers, independent publishers and NewsMasters to earn revenues from advertising on their sites has been the subject of a great deal of hypothesizing. Actual real-life examples are still few and far between. But, as Robin Good has previously stated: "These are critical, highly dynamic ... read more

Robin Good - October 6, 2004

Today Jeffrey Goldfarb and Bernhard Warner, European Media Correspondents at Reuters, report an interesting announcement about much criticized Amazon business partner and wanna-be competitor Google Print. In their article titled Google Launches Amazon-Style Book Search Business Goldfarb and Warner write that Google will demonstrate ... read more

Robin Good - October 6, 2004
On September 23, 2004 The Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future released its study "Ten Years, Ten Trends" outlining a decade of trends it's identified since it started studying online behavior. "After a decade of observing the evolution of the Internet, and four years of ... read more

Robin Good - October 5, 2004

The speed at which various web-based information management tools are converging is breathtaking. On an almost daily basis it seems, new composite tools are launched which combine and integrate the best features of any number of other recently launched products to help you to better manage ... read more

Robin Good - October 5, 2004
Jeff Kang of the GBlog development team just announced the release of version 2.0 of their GBlog blogging software. Its most remarkable features are categorized feeds instantly updated, expanding blogrolls sticky blog entries CSS layout templates that can be selected by readers FeedJam: built-in splicer traffic stats These features are well-showcased ... read more

Robin Good - October 3, 2004
When you are working as part of a team on a research project, there are plenty of online collaboration tools you can use to share your discoveries in real-time with your colleagues. Screensharing technology allows you to take others on a tour of webpages as you ... read more

Robin Good - October 2, 2004
In June 2004, the transcript of an interview with Robin Good, the concept creator of the NewsMaster, was published in 'Knowledge Management', the quarterly supplement to Information Today, Inc.'s 'The Information Advisor'. In the article, entitled "Not Enough New Roles and Titles? How About RSS NewsMaster?", Robin ... read more

Robin Good - October 1, 2004
The announcement this week that Newsgator (an RSS news aggregator) and Six Apart (a blog/personal publishing systems provider) are developing plug-ins that enable the seamless integration of news items from the former into the MovableType (server-based) and TypePad (web-hosted) blog platforms of the latter is a ... read more

Robin Good - September 30, 2004

Feedburner has done it again. The great guys behind the orange burning RSS flame are really doing some excellent work to make RSS more usable, spliceable, trackable, good-looking, and even now even profitable. The latest addition to the great family of RSS Feedburner services is the ... read more

Robin Good - September 29, 2004
If you're an information/knowledge professional providing research and analysis services, it's likely that you'll be part of a network of fellow professionals, whether you're all employed within the same organization, or as part of an extended network of individuals, supporting each other with specialisms on particular ... read more

Robin Good - September 29, 2004
Among the key strategies needed to achieve online popularity and reach is link popularity. Most expert advice from so-called SEO/SEM experts has focused on obtaining targeted links from as many sites as possible regardless of theme or topic. More advanced linking strategies exist that not only ... read more

Robin Good - [via Marjolein Hoekstra] - September 29, 2004
As any researcher will tell you, research is a process. However, it is rarely a seamless, end-to-end flow of integrated tasks and one of the key skills of information professionals is to be able to provide neatly distilled, easy-to-digest products for the end-user, without necessarily inundating ... read more

Robin Good - September 28, 2004
I think I have explained and re-iterated in many different ways why syndicating your content in RSS is so very important. In case you didn't hear my previous calls, here Yahoo's own official voice on the subject. See what Yahoo itself says about the value of ... read more

Robin Good - Yahoo - September 28, 2004
Should researchers and analysts worry about increasing demand for ever-diminishing returns? Is small really that beautiful and is less really more? Marydee Ojala, Editor of Online Magazine, has written a very thought-provoking piece, entitled "Information - Short and Sweet" in the latest issue (Vol. 28 No. 5 ... read more

Robin Good - September 24, 2004
As an information professional, it's not that often you come across a tool that is both (a) extremely easy to use and (b) can create a whole range of simple, effective and ultimately indispensable new services for your users. If that tool also allows you to ... read more

Robin Good - September 23, 2004

FlashPaper is Macromedia solution to distributing and repurposing content with ease and cost-effectiveness. The $ 79 software tool, allows anyone to easily convert any printable document into either Web-ready Flash files or highly secure PDF documents. Flash and PDF are by themselves two of the most popular ... read more

Robin Good Recommends - September 19, 2004
Libraries and librarians are challenged with the most profound changes ever to affect their profession, focus and expected outputs. Their competitive advantage is unique, but it is their unfamiliarity with new approaches to information management that bogs them down to undynamic positions. Their skillset and professional ... read more

Content, Not Containers - OCLC - September 18, 2004
Searching and identifying key valuable sources and complex filtering formulas will be the outstanding job of the new information gatherers and publishers online: the NewsMasters. Searching and identifying key valuable sources and complex filtering formulas will be the outstanding job of the new information gatherers and publishers ... read more

Robin Good - September 17, 2004
... as institutions are turned inside out by technology, globalization, and rising public and client expectations of every sort, the refugees are disappearing. Every professional's job is now the front lines, and the skills of leadership must become central to everyone's conception of themselves as a ... read more

Phil Agre - Dept. of Information Studies UCLA - [via OBN - via Francis Good] - September 15, 2004
The team at Thinktank23 has once again come up with something worth pointing to. These are the same guys behind Waypath, its unique nifty set of tools, and behind Nav4 one very interesting piece of publishing software that allows rapid categorization of content, creation of taxonomies ... read more

John Battelle - Searchblog [via Julian Hope] - September 12, 2004

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