Alameda, a boating community


This is the view from the High Street Bridge, about a ten minute walk from our house. I read somewhere that Alameda has something like one sailor for every three residents and I hope that we can join their ranks someday.

Insider Pages – open source advertising


Bill Gross’ Idealab launches Insider Pages which takes a shot at local listings, combines it with a recommendation engine and adds a touch of social networking. Damn, that was my idea. Where did I put that napkin anyway?

If I were the Yellow Pages I would be worried. Very worried. They even use the Yellow Pages name (it’s not copyrighted is it?) in their tag line “Yellow Pages written by friends”

RSS traffic to grows by 342%

The Silicon Valley Watcher points to a New York Times press release that states that pageviews generated by RSS feeds increased by 342% over the past year and grew an incredible 39% over the past month. While there is a hint in disappointment that the total number of RSS-generated pageviews represented only about 1% of total pageviews on the sight, one must remember that a visit as a result of an RSS refer may actually be responsible for multiple pageviews.

If my own browsing habits are any indication, there’s more to this number than meets the eye. I normally follow a link from my reader and than read the through to several more pages on the site. Remember, most feature articles on are spread over multiple web pages so even if you stick to reading through just a single article, you’re going to generate a few more pageviews than your single hit from your RSS reader.

I recall a snippet of a conversation I had with someone (the name escapes me) that worked at the Times and he told me that on some days the number of pageviews generated by their collective RSS feeds surpassed the number of pageviews from the Front Page. This was back in the Spring of 2004.

I would agree with the key take-away in this article. The growth in traffic at is being driven by RSS.