Yahoo! Does RSS. APIs to Follow?

John Musser
Dec. 01 2005, 12:45AM EST

As reported earlier this week at TechCrunch and podcast at Podtech.net, the latest big news from Yahoo! is that RSS is fully integrated with Yahoo! Mail and Alerts. As John Furrier noted today and Dion Hinchcliffe previously argued in RSS is the Web 2.0 "Pipe", RSS is fast becoming a central piece of the Internet's glue, plumbing and infrastructure.

On the API front, Dare Obasanjo wonders if/when they will offer an API like Bloglines does for synchronizing desktop RSS readers.

One last note: this move by Yahoo! is another indication of a very savvy company. You can find a good analysis of how they're a bit underestimated in this new Wharton School piece Yahoo's Strategy: Stay Out of Microsoft's Crosshairs?.

John Musser

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Tinus, it's true that looks alone are not enough, and Yahoo!'s UI gotten a bit of criticism for being a bit slow. Nonetheless, Google might want to start getting onto the RSS bandwagon.

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[...] Podtech has an exclusive interview about Yahoo! and pushing RSS to their 227 million email users. Yahoo! has built RSS into their alerts services at alerts.yahoo.com and furthermore they&#8217;ve built an RSS reader into their email service. Other bloggers have more about this including Techcrunch, Om Malik, John Musser, BusinessBlogWire. [...]