From: John Conover <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Distributed by email?
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 1996 15:19:57 -0700
SullivanPa@aol.com writes: > > I've been on vacation for two weeks so I'm not sure if anyone replied to you > about Good Morning Silicon Valley. In case they didn't, here's the answer: > We're considering making GMSV available by e-mail but it's not a top priority > at this moment. If we do, you can be sure that we will clearly promote it at > our web site. Thanks for the query; I hope the service is useful to you. > Thanks, Patrica. What I was thinking about was to take the standard news feeds, and run them through a program that does context searches, for things like "Gingrich," "Clinton," etc. and adds an html link to html://www.congress.gov, or html://www.whitehouse.gov so that a reader could click on the name, and be connected to Gingrich's official, congressional web page, etc. The same would be true for business executives, corporations, etc. The programs that do this are available, and I ran some experiments on the API news feed, and it takes about 15 man seconds per article to format the article in "pretty print," that is comparable with the text formatting capabilities of browsers, like Netscape, etc. What this does is automatically insert links to important things in the news so folks will be web-surfing, without knowing it-possibly clicking on advertisements for the latest announcements in the health industry, (ie., press releases,) intermixed with medical findings from the health page, etc. One of the issues is that most folks read the news paper at the breakfast table, in bed, or while occupied with their morning constitutional, so laptops are really not convenient news distribution agents. However, if the articles are ordered by by-line on a web server, and the by-line, and a few sentence description of the article are emailed to users, in customized order, with the html link to the complete article, the user could pick-and-choose which articles are read, ie., click on the by-line, and the browser fetches the entire article, etc. I was the VP of IT at a company, and ran a study on how much time corporate executives spend on the computer. It is high, and could possible be exploited as a news distribution media by, mechanically, generating content customized news papers. Scanning the articles would only take a few seconds/minutes to find those subjects of interest, complete with links to the US budget, etc. Kind of the "Yahoo" of dynamic information, as to the static information that is available on the net. John -- John Conover, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.johncon.com/