Monday, September 14, 2009

The RSS Cloud

All blogs implement something called RSS feeds (Real Simple Syndication) that allows their content to be syndicated out to RSS feed readers (like Google Reader, etc). Last week Wordpress.com enabled something called RSSCloud.

What is it?
“RSSCloud is an element that’s always been present in the RSS 2.0 spec but has drawn new attention with the rise of interest in the Real-Time Web.”
- Read and Write Web
What this will do is make blog updates available to compatible feed readers as soon as the 'Publish' button is pressed.

It takes about an hour for a current feed reader to pick up new blog posts, which means RSSCloud will enable 'real-time blogging'. You'll be able to see new blog updates as they're published, rather than every 60 minutes.

As soon as I can, I'll be implementing this technology into www.evebloggers.com so that new posts from all the Eve bloggers will be displayed in real time, instead of every hour.

If you use Twitter or Facebook, you already see how real-time updates looks in their display of status updates.

Is anyone looking forward to this, or just me? :)

3 comments:

  1. Sounds very cool. Now, is this RSSCloud implemented on the Reader side, or the website's feed side? At first read I thought it would have to be something each website implements from their end so users can pick up the RSSCloud feed, but if you're enabling it on evebloggers then it must be from the reader's side instead.. correct?

    Just curious.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I always thought RSS delay was due to the settings on the client side. Or am I missing something here?

    ReplyDelete
  3. The RSS delay was definitely client-side.

    I think that RSSCloud will be plugin-based, and will only send out real-time updates to compatible feed readers if the plugin is installed. Compatible feed readers will then be notified by the plugin, I imagine, of the most recent blog post.

    ReplyDelete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.