Thursday, May 19, 2005

Linux Pipeline | Blog Aggregation Breaks Out

Linux Pipeline | Blog Aggregation Breaks Out: "May 17, 2005

Blog Aggregation Breaks Out

As companies like Feedster grow and seek funding, Open Source figures prominently in their business plans.

By Larry Greenemeier Courtesy of InformationWeek

With blogs proliferating at breakneck speed, it's no wonder that a market is emerging for developers of search engines that find and aggregate all of this fringe content. But just like any other Jacks climbing the beanstalk of an untapped business opportunity, these aggregators of Really Simple Syndication feeds are sure to wake the giants of Internet search.

Upstarts including Feedster, Feedburner, Technorati, and about a dozen others specialize in creating RSS engines that automate the delivery of XML-based content, a critical tool for Web surfers who wish to search blogs for specific information. Just as Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo can encapsulate different areas of the Web in few keystrokes, RSS search engines are creating an aggregation point that lets people access blog content based on a query, senior Yankee Group analyst Dana Gardner says. "

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