Archive for June 19th, 2007

The Future of RSS

June 19, 2007

In an article on ReadWrite, RSS is defined but also extended. Here are some quotes:

“So today RSS is a great distribution medium. Why? Because it has become ubiquitous. If you are an online business with customers and you do not utilize RSS, then you are simply missing out. Smart companies are leveraging blogs, photos, video, podcasts to stay in touch with customers daily. Other services, like del.icio.us (owned by Yahoo), allow users to publish and subscribe to feeds, enabling powerful social networks outside the website.”

“In order for RSS extensions to work, the second piece of the old technology dilemma needs to be solved. There needs to be a common format for communicating data between applications.”

So the future of RSS may be as a lightweight tool to transfer data between applications. More on this soon.

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Medical Bloggers – Questioned and Cautious

June 19, 2007

In an article from the Detroit Free Press, blogging by physicians is examined, particularly ones that “tell all”. The article questions whether such blogs, where a physician discusses specific patients, should be policed.  I agree that some physician bloggers and other medical professionals, should not mistake the anonymity of blogging as permission to vent their opinions about patients’ personal characteristics.  What can be helpful about medical blogging is lost in such postings.  Medical blogs are most effective if they focus on either medical education or give insight into how doctors think.

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