RSS Hits the Mainstream

As I mentioned a few months ago, I thought that the first portal to aggregate feeds would be on strong footing indeed. Surprise! Somebody at Yahoo! heard me.

In connection with their revamped search engine, Yahoo! has been making a lot of changes behind-the-scenes. One is a new beta My Yahoo! module, RSS Headlines. The new module allows you to load up to 25 feeds per page in a format that looks similar to its news module.

I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t adopt Netscape’s old model of one module = one site, but this is really a step ahead of the competition. In fact, it enticed me to change Firefox’s home page to My Yahoo! I never bothered with home pages before.

Of course, the module is still in beta, so you have to jump through some hoops to get to it. First, it’s not listed in My Yahoo! by default; you’ll need to use this link to add it. Second, it is buggy from time to time. In fact, Slashdot had it banned at one point for hitting them over 200 times in an hour. Ouch. For the most part, though, I’ve found it very stable and useful.

You can read more about the Yahoo! launch at Jeremy’s blog, or some interesting essays about the Portal, Blog, and RSS ecosystem here.

And, for good measure, you can add Waileia to My Yahoo! here: Add to My Yahoo!

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