Daily Journal, August 12, 2005


+ Optical IP routers? Wicked cool
+ Can You See Me Now?: For nearly five years some Verizon Wireless online users could see details of other client accounts. Oops.
+ MuniWireless: A devastating critique of US broadband policy, in this analysis of the FCC July 2005 Broadband Report. I read the report, and well, nothing we did not know.
+ FTTH Council president Len Ray: “Copper wire is incapable of carrying the kind of bandwidth demand we are beginning to see. It is crucial for the United States to replace its aging telecom infrastructure. We cannot fall behind in next generation broadband as we have in current generation broadband.”
+ If Bloggers Had Been Around Throughout History. Mena Trott’s Powerpoint humor.
+ Editor’s Note #1:The Asides/Link Blog is being worked upon, and should be done by end of the day. Consider this the last installment of links I found worthy of sharing in this format. It looks like a rather hectic day so blogging may(or may not) be light.
+ User feedback required: I am seeing a lot of people are ripping off the RSS feed and totally repurposing the content. Many of them are simply doing this to earn AdSense dollars. I wonder if you all are fine with excerpts/shorter RSS items.

Currently playing Stereotonic (Thunderball Stereo Beats Mix) from the album “Return of the Hustler” by Thunderball


Dave P

If I were you, I’d go ahead and excerpt.

You have a large base of readers and while I can’t speak for all of them, I think your blog entries are good enough for each of them to have its own tab in my browser.

My $.02…


Mike Masnick

Hey Om,

I’ll chime in that I agree with others about leaving the full text feeds going. It doesn’t seem fair to punish everyone because of a few jerks.

As for the sites repurposing your content… we’re dealing with that too, and our general sense is to just let it go. In some of th emore egregious cases, we’ve sent friendly emails asking for much clearer attribution or asking them to stop (this often works, btw). It is a little annoying to see it happen, but you have to assume that those sites really aren’t getting that much traffic (who’s linking to them?) and eventually they’ll fade away. If they get a few clicks, it’s not a huge loss.

We’ve been watching the sites that do this with our content starting since about a year ago, and we’ve noticed that they all burn out after a few months — and that search engines like Google have gotten much better at ignoring them over time.

The problem with going after them is the whole thing gets pretty gray pretty quickly… What’s the difference, really, between someone reading the content on our site in bloglines or at some blog that simply reposts it?

In the end, just recognize that any regular readers will quickly realize where the content is REALLY from, and the losers who are reusing your content without permission are likely to fade away, since no one has any real reason to visit them over you.

Alternatively, you can complain to Google to see if Google will yank their AdSense accounts… but I’ve heard Google isn’t very responsive on those requests… and they’ll probably just switch to one of the many alternatives anyway.

Clint Sharp

People stealing content sucks, but at the same time I don’t subscribe to excerpt only feeds. Too much work involved in reading articles when I’ve got so many other feeds to read as well.


the historical blogging ppt is a creative concept which really was under-delivered; i guess the sixapart people really aren’t that funny.


I am not really clear as to what the issue is. I mean, I read what Om read, but I am not able to comprehend what he means. Can someone make it clearer please? I am sorry if that’s a dumb question but I would appreciate the help…

Om Malik

kevin, good suggestion, except there are too many of these people. not sure how to handle this.

i would rather not do excerpts but things are getting massively out of control. suggestions to fight back people,

David Edmondson

I’d unsubscribe if the feed only had excerpts. Figuring out from the excerpt if I want to read the article and then waiting for it to load would take me over the effort/value threshold.


Personally i really like being able to read the full posts in bloglines…. it’d suck if i had to click through for every post… i’d probably read less of the blog.

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