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Today is the day we celebrate and give thanks for George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington and all the other great Presidents who have ruled over this country with an iron fist - and do our best to forget disastrous presidencies like those of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Anticipating no KO tonight, I've got a few notes and a sort of open thread for folks here.
Some readers have noticed we've been experimenting with various online services such as flickr, Del.icio.us, Feedburner, Technorati and others over the past year and now we're trying something that brings them all together in one place. Yahoo Pipes is a relatively new service which allows users to blend together various data and feeds into a single RSS feed. So, what we've done this weekend is to create a sort of Uber-Olby feed based on articles we "tag" using the Del.icio.us bookmarking service, Technorati searches for "high authority" blogs that tag posts with "Olbermann", our Flickr account full of KO photos, as Ebay, Google News/Blogs and a Wikipedia Watch List which monitors any changes to the Wikipedia Entries for "Keith Olbermann" and "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" which, as many regulars know are basically pro-KO propaganda managed by the OlbyLoons over at KO.org. All of these different information sources are aggregated into a single feed, auto-updated in real time and then passed through to Feedburner to display as a HTML feed. We set it up so the 5 most recent entries are displayed but you can click the "feedburner" link below it to either subscribe to that feed yourself or go back and reader previous entries. Basically, if anyone is writing about Keith on blogs, selling KO products on Ebay, commenting on a KO product on Amazon, if there are news stories about him, if someone is updating KO's Wikipedia entry, OlbyWatch will display that information here as it happens. One caution, there was a tremendous backlog of material when we created this particular "Yahoo Pipe" and it may take a few days for the software to "pull" all the old posts through the feed. So, keep an eye out but realize it is still a work in progress. If you are familiar with Yahoo Pipes and wish to suggest other feeds we might add to our Pipe post them below.
One item from an Amazon Forum for Keith latest "book" caught my eye when it came across the new Yahoo Pipe feed:
An Amazon customer wonders WHO could be flagging "negative" reviews of Keith's latest
cut and paste job book. Gee, maybe the same OlbyLoons who did this with Keith's last "book" and "run" the Keith Olbermann Wikipedia entry?
Regular OW readers will recall that Keith specifically begged for positive Amazon reviews on Countdown which the fangirls over at KO.org then obligingly provided - all the while engaging in a campaign to manipulate the Amazon "abuse reporting" system to flag all negative comments. When OW encouraged readers to respond in kind they stepped up their campaign.
NOTE: It appears that my "RobertCox" account at KO.org has been deleted and every post I ever made on that site has been deleted as well. Apparently the trollgirls from KO.org did not like having their anonymous troll comments deleted over here.
Anyway, have a nice "George W. Bush" Day!