Knowledge Innovation

Unbound Spiral: RSS and Employment

November 17, 2003 08:18 PM

Here's a wonderful illustration from Phil Wolff of how RSS will change the job market. Look up RSSJobs. It's another example on top of Feedster search and subscribe functionalities that demonstrates how RSS applications are being leveraged. If you dig a little deeper you find the same emerging in the other likely places. eBay RSS feeds anyone?

I've been following two things very closely for many years: content syndication and labor markets. Last week RSSJobs was announced, bringing the two together. Here's my interview with Steve Rose who built RSSJobs. a klog apart
In a similar vein.... a recent solution for eBay. How well do they work? That may need some trial and error. They are one step closer to a personal newspaper. Be nice to have a drag and drop functionality connecting my RSS feeder to a news sheet? Then I'd have have the option for various timed sessions. Set it as my home page. Might even generate some interesting sections. Feed owners may even help me with the listings.
A few days ago, I completed the development of an eBay2RSS Generator tool. ..... Which made me think about all the sites web surfers visit repeatedly everyday to check on news updates, item status, prices, new announcements, press releases, tracking numbers, flight status, and so on. Then I thought if we can (Syndicate) such information, by converting it to RSS feeds, that will save web surfers a sizable amount of time. RSS.TechBlogger {tb - eBay RSS Feeds

It's also possible to find RSS feed links at the bottom of Craigslist search pages. See this example and the corresponding RSS feed. Only problem is when you want a more discrete search there is no RSS feed.

While I'm about it. I've been creating all these wonderful Google News Searches. They all pour into my e-mail. Don't always read them all. Still why can't I get them as RSS feeds? Seems some have done it. However I think Google terms state that scraping their site is illegal.



Comments (2)

The profusion of RSS publishers in this way is clearly good for everyone. Is there benefit to having some of these database fields in Feedster itself? Would you want EBay auction listings integrated with current Feedster results?

Posted by: Scott Rafer at November 18, 2003 10:05 AM

Hi Scott,

Congratulations! I had no idea that you had gone to Feedster. Just learned you are also associated with Linkify and was wondering for a moment if I had the right Scott at Feedster. ;).

I'm not sure I can get my head round "all these database fields in Feedster". I like your observation that RSS is going to explode. I agree. I look at your question from the perspective of "who wants the information and why?" For example a Feedster search of "social software" is a regular little mine of information for those interested in that topic. If I only shop eBay and I'm only wanting an old IBM 600E Thinkpad then I should just get the feed from eBay. Particularly for "slow search items" where I am prepared to search a long time rather than looking for instant gratification. However, I may want to get the info from all auctions and in a single feed for that specific item type. A better example might be shopping for a 73 911RS .... a search feed for that over time might turn up sporadic listings, I doubt they would be frequent. However other collectables may require a broader definition. I'd be more willing to subscribe to irregular feeds if I knew they might just put a "gem" in my newsreader. Lumped into a category "Gems" it becomes manageable. These are also items I'm not prepared to subscribe an e-mail too. It's easy to delete a search. It's much harder to get off the wrong list.

Separately, should you be asking me whether I want the results to include eBay or alternatively to exclude or filter out various listings?

This seems like an area worth investigating and thinking though in a lot more detail.

Thanks for the questions.

Posted by: Stuart at November 20, 2003 11:42 PM