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My5Minutes.com News - June 21, 2004


My5minutes.com Offers RSS Feed


My5minutes.com, an online community that allows people to upload and download videos for free, announced the addition of an RSS feed and the ability to add the RSS feed to My Yahoo! with just a couple of clicks.


My5minutes.com, unlike any other website on the Internet, allows users to share, watch, and rate videos free; all my5minutes.com users get a free account with 5 gigabytes of storage. In just over three months since its launch, my5minutes.com boasts 7,000 users and has an average new user growth rate of 20% per week.


As a result of its immense popularity, my5minutes.com decided to syndicate its content to reach even more people by using RSS, an electronic feed that distributes content. RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication. It is an XML based format originally adopted by blogs to syndicate dynamic content. Users benefit from syndication because it eliminates the need to visit numerous websites to follow new posts and content. Users are able to create a collection that can be read in one place.


Although RSS can help you keep up with current news and your favorite blogs, it is not just news and blogs that use this dialect of XML. Almost anything that can be broken down into discrete items can be syndicated by creating an RSS feed. Any RSS-aware software such as SharpReader or portals like My Yahoo! enable you to aggregate, categorize, and periodically check for updated RSS feed content all in one location; its a new paradigm for communication on the web," explained Benjamin Yee, my5minutes.com head software engineer.


New videos are constantly being uploaded to my5minutes.com. There are more than 1400 videos in 66 categories, including automotive, anime, commercials, martial arts, movie trailers, and sports. Videos range from family vacations, happy birthday songs to away soldiers, amateur videos from aspiring moving makers, and 2004 Presidential campaign commercials. Thumbnails are created for each video uploaded to my5minutes.com to give users a glimpse at content. My5minutes.com is also equipped with a search feature, the ability to leave comments, and a five star rating system, which indicates the most popular videos and determines which make the top ten list. Users that make the top ten videos list capture their five minutes of fame.


Great videos are uploaded to my5minutes.com daily. For people who are using newsreaders and playing around with RSS already, my5minutes.com offers a fun and exciting twist to the traditional news and headlines that you would normally associate with RSS. The my5minutes.com RSS feed expands the use of RSS from static text to rich media such as movies, said Benny Ng, my5minutes.com director of marketing.


RSS allows you to easily stay up to date with the latest videos on my5minutes.com. An RSS feed can be added for my5minutes.com in a couple different ways. Those using a newsreader or news aggregator can add the RSS feed by clicking on the small white-on-orange rectangular "XML" button, a link to the my5minutes.com RSS file/feed. This link can then be put into the newsreader/aggregator. Those using My Yahoo! as their newsreader simply need to click on the "add to MyYahoo!" button to add the my5minutes.com RSS feed.


Those interested in acquiring more information about my5minutes.com's RSS feed or opening a free account can do so by visiting www.my5minutes.com . Open an account today and begin to share, watch, and rate videos for free.


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My5minutes.com is an online community that allows people to upload and download videos for free. My5minutes.com is the first and only website of its kind on the Internet that provides free hosting of videos. My5minutes.com users share, watch, and rate videos for free. Check out www.my5minutes.com to find out more information about my5minutes.com.