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Aggregators, Readers,RSS and Podcasts

07/05/05 | by JAdP | Categories: HonorTagAdvocate, RSS, Podcasting

The emergence of podcasting shown by Brian Livingston in "RSS Readers: Narrowing Down Your Choices" is striking. Brian uses statistics from FeedBurner.com and discovers that iTunes has already jumped to 9.53% of the aggregator market, putting it in the top 5 of feed wiki(List_of_news_aggregators,readers) used. I find this amazing because iTunes is really only usefull to subscribe to RSS feeds for podcasts, not for text based news or blogs as other aggregators. Also, other podscast only feed readers like iPodder [7.17%] and iPodderX [1.77%] are in the top 20. Podcasting has been growing much faster than blogging. RSS and RDF syndication has been around since the mid to late 1990's, and the first web logs started around the same time, but they didn't take off until the most recent U.S.A presidential election. Podcasting has been around for only a couple of years, and it has fewer providers [40,000 to 50,000 current estimates] then the estimated 10 million bloggers, but I would guess from the statistics presented by Brian that nearly as many people subscribe to podcasts as subscribe to syndicated feeds for news and blogs.

BTW, I realize that I've used various terms for the same thing, feed readers, RSS Aggregators, etc, all describe online services or plug-ins for web browsers or email clients and stand alone clients that read OPML allowing you to follow news, blogs, podcasts and other frequently updated web content using XML based technologies: RSSv1, RSSv2 and Atom.

Found via: Dan Gillmor in RSS Aggregators: Some Statistics

You can also find more information and other articles on aggregators on this blog by following this link. BTW, many of the aggregators listed are open source projects. I was disappointed to see that our favourite, RSSowl didn't make the the top 20 list.

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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