Yahoo Launches RSS Aggregator Beta
Launched Friday, Yahoo's new RSS Headlines service gathers multiple syndication feeds onto a user's custom My Yahoo page.Yahoo Inc. is embracing the use of RSS for bringing outside news headlines and Web postings onto users personal My Yahoo pages. On Friday, the Sunnyvale, Calif., company launched a public beta of a service called RSS Headlines. The service acts as an aggregator of Real Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds from news sites, Weblogs and other Web sources. RSS is based on Extensible Markup Language (XML) and allows Web publishers to syndicate their content. It is particularly popular among bloggers but also has become a more common syndication method for traditional news sites such as the BBC, Christian Science Monitor and eWEEK.com.
Using the RSS Headlines beta, My Yahoo users can add RSS feeds either by searching for feeds through the service or by entering the URL of specific feeds, according to a Yahoo FAQ about the beta. User then can customize the appearance of the RSS feed headlines on their My Yahoo pages, such as by limiting the number of headlines that appear for each feed. When users click on a headline, they are taken to the full posting on the external site.