Today Lazyfeed announced they had officially launched rssCloud and Pub/sub Hubbub (PSHB) support into their real-time RSS aggregator, making them the first major aggregator for rssCloud outside of Dave Winer’s own River2 client, and the first client of its type for the Web (Dave Winer’s client is written for the desktop OS). What does this mean? It means now you have a way to get the most relevant information you are looking for real-time, as it happens.
Lazyfeed is a new aggregation service that aims to provide real-time news updates on specific topics you want to know about. You give it the keywords you’re interested in, and it comes back, as the news happens, with the news written about those keywords. It goes further though and provides additional suggestions for other keywords you might be interested in as they happen, and you can add those to your list as well. See Louis Gray’s demo here for a great view of how it works.
Now, with rssCloud and PSHB support for real-time news aggregation, they are now one of the most real-time aggregators on the web. On their blog they mentioned some of the hurdles they had to jump to get through the implementation, and ironically, Feedburner seemed to have the biggest issues with set up (through PSHB) since the Atom protocol wasn’t built natively with any sort of real-time support. No problems were mentioned about rssCloud, showing promise for the protocol developed by Dave Winer. Lazyfeed seemed to think Feedburner wasn’t even real time, based on their experience, showing a delay of a few minutes on each feed published.
Problems aside, seeing aggregators like Lazyfeed implement these technologies is promising, showing we are on the cusp of the 2010 web and real-time news and updates being at our fingertips. I’ve talked to several other companies also getting ready to embrace these technologies and I’m pretty sure by the end of 2010 it will be an entirely new web and opportunity for entrepreneurs and developers alike.
UPDATE: Brett Slakin, one of the originators of the PSHB protocol, has clarified some of the PSHB and Feedburner issues here: http://blog.lazyfeed.com/2009/09/lazyfeed-rsscloud-pubsubhubbub-real.html#comment-16898143