WordPress Goes Real-Time With rssCloud

Sep 7th, 2009 | By | Category: General

wordpress-logoWordPress creator Matt Mullenweg has announced that WordPress is throwing itself behind RSS Cloud, a step that could put millions of bloggers and podcasters one step closer to real-time updates:

Today we turned on support for all 7.5 million blogs on WordPress.com something called RSS Cloud, which is basically a way for people to get push notification that your feed has updated.

Why is this important? Right now how most people interact with feeds is by checking that it updated every now and then, usually about once an hour. Can you imagine waiting an hour to get your emails? (The world would probably be more productive.) RSS Cloud is an extra element in your RSS feed that allows subscribers to say “Hey, let me know as soon as you’ve updated, kthx.”

Real-time updates could lead to faster propagation of news, a greater focus on discussion between bloggers and more timely updates for feed-reader users.

All WordPress.com blogs have this enabled now. Support for hosted WordPress blogs is available as a plugin.

The announcement won’t have immediate impact for most people, because support is limited to Dave Winer’s River2 aggregator.

However – with millions of blogs now supporting the idea of cloud-based notification, expect to see lots of experimentation and innovation soon.

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