John Robb's Radio Weblog

RSS and Echo.  Well the big companies have finally made their move in the weblog world with Sam Ruby being directed by IBM to take control of an emerging syndication standard.  Why now?  Big publishing companies are starting to think about using RSS (really simple syndication) not only to automate the delivery of news to readers but also to automate the production of news.  IBM is very interested in this given their longstanding and extremely lucrative relationship with the WSJ ($500m over the last three years) and other publishers.  It would be against their interest to let a simple syndication standard emerge that didn't require lots of IBM iron and software expertise.  RSS had to die.  Also, if you small vendors or individual contributors think that you are gaining some say or freedom with the development of Echo, think again.  The big companies are going to roll right over you as the push this forward over the next couple of years. [John Robb's Radio Weblog]

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