RSS in the Clouds

Pretty clouds

Clouds from my trip to WordCamp Dallas

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it’s a way for people to subscribe to updates to your blog using a client like Google Reader or Bloglines. You may not know what RSS is but chances are people are using it to read your blog. We track over 50,000,000 posts read via RSS every week. (Around a 18% addition to our on-site views!)

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.”

WordPress.com has always supported update pings through Ping-o-Matic so folks like Google Reader can get your posts as soon as they’re posted, but getting every ping in the world is a lot of work so not that many people subscribe to Ping-o-Matic. RSS Cloud effectively allows any client to register to get pings for only the stuff they’re interested in.

What does this mean to you? Well probably not too much yet, there’s only one reader so far (River2) that supports RSS cloud, but we expect there to be more in the future. We’re also going to be supporting other ways for people to get push notifications (Jabber, email, Weblogs.com pings, SUP, pubsubhubbub, Twitter… who knows what else) so people will be able to find out about and visit your new blog posts as soon as possible, making blogging a more real-time experience. Since RSS Cloud is so easy to add to RSS, it seemed like a good place to start.

You can read a bit more about this on Dave Winer’s blog, ReadWriteWeb, and Techcrunch. If this sort of thing gets your motor running there will be a RSS Cloud meetup in Berkeley this Wednesday, which I’ll be at assuming the Bay Bridge cooperates.

P.S. Happy Labor day!


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  6. Danie Satrio

    Great! That’s much better.

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  11. butway

    interesting. i love you full

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    WordPress is the best. Going to love the new toy!

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  19. trollboy

    I agree with you about getting emails once per hour. Productivity would definitely go up.

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  22. truckswallpapers

    thanks wordpress

  23. consultiq

    Are we re-inventing PointCast on WordPress, blogs and RSS?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PointCast_%28dotcom%29

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  25. mohammedchbani

    fresh ideas thanks

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  29. iyel22

    really cool! I’m new here in wordpress. :)

  30. art predator

    woooo hoooo thank yoooooooouuuuuu!! can’t wait until this gets widespread adoption!! congrats!

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  33. Lineu Pupo

    OHH !! good news thanks

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  38. hojati

    Thanks, WP (;

  39. bkyram09

    Improvements are always welcome!

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  45. vietphilopoetry

    Great-That will help to get more readers.

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  47. wahyu am

    niceee ;)

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    NICE & COOL

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  52. blissbait

    G-Golly Moses You Guys Move F-F-Fast! Ducked out for a few weeks. Am back and am a bit lost trying to socialize here. I miss the word/tag cloud that lead me to everyone posting. Will that be back? If not, could you please tell me how to find other blogs that might interest me here?

    Muchas Gracias!

    • Heather

      You can still see the tags by clicking on the Tags tab from the frontpage. The new design is evolving. We welcome your feedback here.

  53. Aiman Amani Karim

    Thank you sooooooo much :)

  54. sugar&spice

    wow interesting…new features are always appreciated!

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  56. Tom

    I like this so much it just drive more readers to my blog.

  57. Moin Ansari

    Update the search engine and put in a “google earch for the site”…and I will be really impressed

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  64. cenya95

    i love it

  65. dhruvelectro

    wow it is nice

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  68. Tony Whitson

    The colleagues that I’m blogging for are unlikely to use any of the others, so for me email pushing would be the most helpful. They’re on email 24/7 and if I tell them they can do this, they will; if I tell them they can use a reader, they will not.

    Wikispaces has had an email option for as long as I’ve been on it, so it must be doable (or maybe that’s available only for users who have a wikispaces account? I guess that would make it a lot easier to provide).

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  70. rockymountain3

    Amazing! I’m goin 2 try it out! Good work u guys

  71. jeezem

    cloud computing seems to be making good things happen

  72. ideagirlconsulting

    I just added the rss feed tool, i hope it will automatically do this cloud thing :)

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  74. Fox

    Sounds Pretty cool!

  75. kuwait10

    Thanks to WordPress

  76. sonyahart24

    Great look forward to using it!

  77. lordoc

    Thats tight yo!

  78. totosmom

    Great!!, I’ll add this – newbie WordPress

  79. awebsavvy

    Thank you for the new and improved RSS in the clouds. Always appreciate when you make keeping up easier

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  81. botegirl

    oh my it’s very good
    thanks

  82. draskit

    Always interested to learn more about wordpress. Thanks!

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