I’m not sure it’s possible to get more meta than this series of posts I had clipped at Bloglines from Bloglines News about blog publishing/feeds.
Funny, I was just having a conversation last night in which I mentioned that I didn’t think my thesis topic was very “commercial.” But… obviously Bloglines feels that the number of not-private-but-not-public-either bloggers warrants some consideration. So. Interesting.
Of course, by claiming your blog(s), you link your Bloglines account to it/them. I’m not sure that that’s a serious concern, though, since they may already be connected, e.g. if you have a Bloglines-generated blogroll.
I claimed my blog & TC’s so I can play around with this stuff and see how effective it is.
We launched a new set of tools for publishers which allow you to claim your feeds and manage them within Bloglines. We’re offering several nifty tools but we’re especially excited about offering you a way to mark an old feed as a duplicate of a new feed. When we set a feed as a duplicate, all of the subscribers are brought over to the new feed so there’s no need to ask your Bloglines readers to re-subscribe.
[W]e are proposing (and have implemented) an RSS and ATOM extension that allows publishers to indicate the distribution restrictions of a feed. Setting the access restriction to ‘deny’ will indicate the feed should not be re-distributed. In Bloglines, we’ll use this to prevent the display of the feed information or posts in search results or any other public venue. If other readers and aggregators use the information in the same way, and publishers of feeds, including services that let users create feeds, implement this standard, we could make significant progress toward making feeds truly safe for non-public information. We think that’s a pretty cool idea.
Pew’s recent report on bloggers found that “52% of bloggers say they blog mostly for themselves, not for an audience” and that “despite the public nature of creating a blog, most bloggers view it as a personal pursuit.” Maybe their content isn’t completely private, but some may not intend it for the masses. The standard we propose endeavors to enable bloggers and publishers to distinguish between making their content available for limited public consumption by friends, families, colleages or communities versus wanting it to be easily found by the public at large.