Comments on PubSub’s Structured Blogging Initiative

“PubSub”:http://www.pubsub.com has a great search engine for the “incremental web”:http://blog.topix.net/archives/000066.html, which allows you to keep track of results via RSS. I’m starting to favor it over “Technorati”:http://www.technorati.com because PubSub passes forward the full text of the matched item and clearly identifies the source (if only they also passed forward the original title), whereas Technorati passes forward an often much too brief summary.

None of which is really the point of this post. The real point of this post is that PubSub has a “structured blogging”:http://www.structuredblogging.org/ initiative that intends to create standardization around the metadata and presentation of various chunks of content. For example, an event announcement would be tagged a certain way and would be formatted and presented in a consistent style.

If widely adopted, something like this could improve both human cognition, by making it easy to spot the announcments of a gig in a bands blog, and machine automation by, for example, making it easy to find all the live bands playing in Seattle with “stein” in ther name on a given weekend without relying on the “local alternative weekly”:http://www.thestranger.com.

For more details: Jon Udell: PubSub’s structured blogging initiative

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