Jon's final BYTE column

by Volker Weber

Not long ago, RSS (Rich Site Summary) aggregators were large centralized services: My Netscape, My UserLand, Meerkat. Today, RSS news plays a diminished role at My Netscape. The My UserLand service is decommissioned. Meerkat remains a popular feature of the O'Reilly Network, enabling techies to read and search the standard sources on topics like Linux, XML, and security. But there have been just seven new channels added to Meerkat so far this year. Clearly, it's not keeping up with the explosion of activity in blogspace.

Has RSS run out of steam? Quite the opposite. There's more action than ever, but it's shifted into a decentralized mode. That's just what the RSS network needed to do in order to truly operate at Internet scale.

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