I'm a bit confused by what Jarrett is claiming about Yahoo's RSS stuff:
George has discovered the hidden cost of Yahoo’s embrace of RSS. It only refreshes the RSS feeds it allows you to put on your My Yahoo! page if the source of the feed pings Yahoo’s ping server. (Details in George’s post, from Yahoo! tech support, or on their page for publishers.)
Well, that's simply not true. The word "only" is what makes it false. The pinger simply accelerates the refresh process. There's no conspiracy here.
In reading the note that George got back from Yahoo's Customer Care, I was pleasantly surprised at how they accurately described the crawler refresh. But I must have missed the part about sites being required to ping Yahoo.
Can someone else enlighten me?
If we need to adjust the documentation or clarify things with the CC group, that's easy enough to do. But I first need to understand how someone could come to that conclusion in the first place.
Dave Winer calls this "Yahoo's first attempt at a gated community built around RSS" which I find equally confusing. Maybe the gates are made of one-way glass? I don't see them. Please help me see them.
Posted by jzawodn at July 06, 2004 10:40 AM