Really Simple Syndication
Copyright 2003-4 Randy Charles Morin
Marc Hedlund: Bloglines today announced a set of new web services APIs, allowing developers to write applications for reading RSS and Atom feeds by drawing data directly from the Bloglines databases. [cut] By drawing feeds from the Bloglines database, developers are presented with a single format--Bloglines normalizes all of the feeds it collects before distributing feed content.
Randy: By normalizing the feed, the API becomes simple to implement, but will lack the flexibility and power required by a high end aggregator. This will be great for beginners wanting to write an RSS reader w/out worry about bandwidth hogging.
I really hope nobody uses this API until Bloglines re-thinks this implementation. Although it may seem to reduce bandwidth between the RSS reader and the RSS publisher, the side effect make this a very undesirable implementation.
Last, I picked up this article by Marc Hedlund, primarily because the article links to an entry on my blog.