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About this Site

Welcome to SalonHerringWiredFool.Com. Every hour it shows you the new stories from four of the leading news sources on the Internet. It's an experiment, something for investors and thinkers to explore, bookmark, and use.

Why Salon, Red Herring, Wired News, Motley Fool?

We chose these four sites because they define an interesting audience.

Red Herring and Motley Fool cover the web from a financial viewpoint; Wired and Salon with a business and cultural view. All four are interesting and eclectic, are not widely syndicated, are identified with the Internet, and all four support the new XML standard for content syndication.

Put together, this is the thinking-person's web, circa 2000 -- an interesting market, one that new technology makes even more interesting.

How it works

Every hour on the hour, our aggregator reads over 400 news-oriented sites that participate in the new XML-based web, and merges the new stories into a database called a "story flow". Each story has a tag that says which of the sites it came from.

Every time you refresh the home page of this site, we look in the database to see if any new stories have arrived from the four sites. If so, we add them to the list, and show it to you.

As a practical matter, new stories will only arrive at the top of the hour, usually about six or seven minutes after, depending on the time of day, the number of stories, and the general performance of the Internet, our ISP, and the ISPs of each of the publications.

You get the original stories

When you click on the links, you go to the official site, you see their ads, and if there have been updates to the story, or new links, or reader comments, you see them too. This is how we believe the web should work.

It's an experiment

At UserLand, the company behind this site, we like to try out new ideas! So consider this an experiment in web content delivery. We hope you enjoy this site and find it useful, and please let us know what you think.

Technology

We want you to understand the technology, if you want to.

Start with the My.UserLand FAQ page.

If you want more info, read up on the UserLand.Com backend in XML.

And if you want to tie into our network of aggregators and affiliates, it's an open interface, specified in XML-RPC, an emerging standard for Internet-based distributed computing.

Where do we go from here?

At UserLand, we think this is an important direction, defining audiences thru combinations of content flows. There are many more combinations to explore There's enough content to do an automated open source news page, or a scripting home page, or whatever. More channels are coming online all the time.

I've started a Discussion Group thread to gather comments and questions. If you have something to say about this, please let your opionions be known.

There are lots of entrepreneurial opportunities in XML-based syndication and aggregation. Our interfaces are open. Let's work together!

Dave Winer

PS: The ads are for position only. We're not charging the advertisers for these ads.




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