New pubs: Send us your feeds

There are a lot of new well-financed news hubs starting up. I have a suggestion on how to increase your flow, and overcome at least some of the barriers to entry erected by your more-established competition.

  1. Identify people on the web who are influential linkers.

  2. For each, recommend a set of feeds they should follow on your new site.

  3. Make the approach carefully, as you would with a PR campaign.

The reason is one that’s often overlooked. While RSS isn’t “mainstream” the people who push links through the main stream do use RSS to keep up to date. I am one of them. I have feeds already for all your competitors. It’s good for you if I add your feeds to my flow, I can’t link to your great stuff if I don’t know about it.

I know this is selfish. I want you to do my work for me. But they’re your links, your stories, and you have a hill to climb, and I’m happy to help if you meet me half-way.

Thanks!

Dave

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About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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