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Thu, 10 Sep 2009 21:56:53 GMT
rssCloud, The New Ping?

Do you remember 3 years ago? We were all pinging several dozens ping servers everytime we updated our blogs. We pinged Technorati, PubSub, PinGoat, Ping-O-Matic, etc. I wrote extensively about the Blogosphere Ping infrastructure at the time. Read more at the next link.

http://www.therssweblog.com/default.aspx?search=blogosphere+ping

I wrote about how it didn't work. Companies that relied on the ping, like Technorati and PubSub have stagnated and disappeared. That's because ping infrastructure requires big walls of servers and that costs a lot of money. Unless you have a business model to support this, then you have a company that's doomed from the start.

rssCloud reminds me of PinGoat and Ping-O-Matic. You send them a ping and they broadcast it to everyone else. I haven't heard much from either for the last while. Does anybody actually use these ping distribution services anymore? I stopped because I realized they didn't work. PinGoat would get 10,000 pings a minute and send 100,000 pings. Imagine that server load. In the end, these services did nothing, because they were too overwhelmed to do anything.

Imagine if one million Wordpress blogs started pinging, millions of users started subscribing and unsubscribing and notifications started getting sent all over the place. It would be scalability hell all over again. In fact, it would be worse. It wouldn't be just some ping servers bashing each other, it would be all the rss clients all over the blogosphere bashing the crap out of these rssCloud services. Open my laptop, my laptop registers hundreds of feeds. Close my laptop. The notifications fail and these servers start timing out like mad. Open my laptop. Does my laptop re-register? I likely got unsubscribed because of all the timeouts. I open and close my laptop a dozen times per day. No matter what, you have to re-register once per day. rssCloud needs a business model. Badly.

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