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  Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Trackbacks are Dead.

Jeremy Zawadny started it today with a "Trackback is Dead" post called "Trackback is Dead", drawing some great comments. Anil Dash, Six Apart bastion, wrote a reasoned rebuttal (not as a trackback--bummer) which drew out some real A-Listers of the blogosphere.

In my mind, trackback is very dead for all of the reasons that Grant says in his comment. There's on my weblog as a curiosity and to make sure the Radio macro works correctly. Right now, it works but the server doesn't--it's my server, not UserLand's and it's my fault--long story.

The real gem here is this comment by Phil Ringnalda:

"I'm willing to tolerate a few false positives, so I've just been rejecting any trackback ping from a source that doesn't have the RDF to support trackback autodiscovery in reply for a year and a half now. In that time, I've gotten exactly one trackback spam..."

I read that and fired off a quick email to Jake with the link. He thinks it's worth looking at Radio's code to make sure we're doing something similar.

A side note: trackbacks are a good distributed system similar to fallout shelters of the 50's. At the time, we really needed them, but now with the rise of Technorati, Feedster and PubSub, we have something much better than trackback. We should never forget that we have the tools to create these links on our own, but let's retire it to the woodshed for awhile.

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Slashfood: "Foodporn: Pizza crust slideshow"

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Andrew Grumet: "...I wonder if their strategy is to capture all digital content in existence. Not just the public content, but everything that flows on the net. If you had that data, what could you do with it? On the other hand, maybe it's not the content at all, but the people. Replace our standard apps one app at a time."

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OK. I'm at work and my iChat client is configured with Jabber and connected to Google. I'm

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Google Talk will support SIP

From their developer page you'll find this nugget:

Do you plan to support other real-time communication protocols?

Google Talk supports XMPP with the beta release. We plan to support SIP in a future release. Additionally, we will evaluate other protocols as appropriate, to continue to deliver on our commitment to open communications.

SIP is a key communications protocol for VoIP. Google + Skype anyone?

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Google Talk now live

Google Talk: "They say talk is cheap. Google thinks it should be free. Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free’Äìanytime, anywhere in the world."

This is great news, but I'm wondering when the other shoe will drop. All of Google's products have some type of advertising included. Can't you see where this is going?

The GoogleBot will IM you: "Hey Steve, would you like to see some ads for barbecue grills?"

That said, this feature now allows me to drop my .Mac account since I never used the sync feature or web storage. It's good timing too because it was scheduled to renew in October. I guess I have a month or so to try this out and see if it's the real deal.

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