Happened to be browsing Feedburner today and found an interesting post in their blog about a new API. The Feed Awareness API looks very interesting and seems to already have support from some of the feed reader software. The best way to describe it is to quote the Feedburner site.
Feed Awareness describes the extent and frequency with which a publisher’s feed and its content items are consumed, clicked on, and referred to by independent sources (i.e., “syndicated”).
Is it similar to Attention.xml, yes, is it the same no. While the Feed Awareness API tells you how many people have “consumed” the feed, how many people have clicked on each post and how many times it has been referred to it does not cover some of the other pieces of Attention.XML, such as:-
- Date last updated
- Social relationships of the author
- Reading information such as last read time and time to read
Both technologies can help with building the reputation and authority of a specific site/digital identity. This reputation could then be used as an input into the background checking process of a candidate, I know this is a stretch but bear with me. Recruiters are already using search engines to check up on candidates so why not build that into the ATS system? The social reputation provided by your digital identity is a great foundation.