I've decided today to decommission my oracle news aggregator.
I started it a couple of years ago when orablogs.com stopped its RSS aggregation. I was a big of orablogs but I was too late in offering the owner a price for the domain. Otherwise I would have continued orablogs.com.
As it happened - I was too late and some other guy swept up the domain to make a quick buck. If I remember correctly, he was asking around 6000$ for the domain.
So - I decided to start my own RSS aggregator under the ora600 site.
I only added feeds that actually interested me (*no* Oracle EBS stuff!!!)
At the time, a nice side effect was the extra traffic and higher google ranking.
However, lately, the site's ranking is actually being hurt by the aggregator as google seems to be punishing aggregators because of duplicate content.
Anyway, with all the smart phone apps and news readers websites - aggregator sites have almost become obsolete.
And if you're interested in a pure Oracle RDBMS RSS aggregator - have a look at the oaktable aggregator.
So with a couple of swift delete and truncate sql commands, I have purged just around 20000 blog entries.
Once I issued commit, I had the idea of maybe setting up a seperate site for the RSS entries ... but oh well ... too late.
It was a good run !
Kurt Van Meerbeeck
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