1. Wednesday, October 6, 2004

    some of you may have seen a new button 

    to the left of my blog.

    yes, the busblog has partnered up with sbc’s new RSS newsreader “Project DU”. i did it for a few reasons:

    – it was easy

    – they asked

    – they asked me not to change a thing that i typically would write or say on here

    – it’s a way to reach more people without selling out.

    – they flowed the busblog a few bones

    – they have zero editorial control of the busblog

    – i can still say fuck.

    – the world is a better place with good RSS readers, especially ones that are pre-packed with my blog :)

    sbc is a huge company. i am a satisfied long-time user of their dsl service, their long distance, and their web based email.

    our buddy steve on adrants wrote the following:

    SBC Launches Blog-Powered Desktop RSS Newsreader

    Capitalizing on the explosion of weblogs and the rapid growth of RSS, SBC has launched Project D.U. (digital universe), a desktop RSS reader populated by feeds from weblogs in six categories. Believed to be the first branded RSS reader that comes complete with pre-loaded content, Project D.U. was developed to bring unique and different voices, along with SBC’s brand of course, to a wider audience. With Yahoo’s recent embrace of RSS in its new My Yahoo, RSS is fast becoming the preferred mode of information dissemination on the Internet.

    Project D.U. was conceived by Dallas-based TracyLocke Director of Digital Initiatives Todd Copelvitz. Prominent bloggers in the six categories were approached and recruited by yours truly (to whom money was paid) along with others at TracyLocke. We tried to identify blogs with strong personal voice like Tony Pierce’s Busblog and blogs with focused subject matter like David Hauslaib’s Jossip or Jessi and Tom’s Big Bad Boat Blog. Project D.U. users can add their favorite rss feeds as well.

    Obviously, SBC intends to garner broad brand recognition and sell some product from this effort and there’s no shame in that. What’s unique is the project’s win-win position providing long term branding for SBC, unique and different information for consumers and increased notoriety for those bloggers participating in the project. Participating bloggers are paid a small fee in exchange for Project D.U. pulling their RSS feed and adhering to minor guidelines. TracyLocke expects about 500,000 downloads of the reader by early 2005.

    so if youre interested in having your favorite blogs sent to one place for easy-to-use reading, this might be for you. give it a try and let me know what you think about it.

    project d.u. + adrants + nyc metblogs