Isn't it obvious that either Google or Yahoo will buy Feedster so their search engine can understand RSS. Then the other guy is going to wonder why they missed the boat. After that, they can make their search engines understand OPML and throw out the antiquated centralized directories and let the amateurs compete to create the best directory for a given topic, the same way we compete for page rank.
What makes Dave think that Yahoo and Google's technology doesn't already "understand" RSS, I wonder? RSS is simple. Really simple. And structured. Hardly the mess that HTML is. It's not a really hard problem if you already have crawling infrastructure and the ability to query structured data.
Heck, I fully expect Microsoft's search engine to grok RSS and/or OPML.
I don't mean to detract from Scott's work on Feedster. It clearly fills hole that nobody else has.
Posted by jzawodn at July 16, 2003 09:42 PM