SiliconBeat: AOL gets RSS religion with My AOL…and Feedster’s help:
It’s slightly ironic that AOL is just now introducing an RSS feed aggregator service, since it was Netscape that led development of RSS waaaay back in the day, and AOL owns Netscape. But we digress. The news tonight is that AOL has finally hopped on the RSS bandwagon, now that it’s pushing it services out from behind its fabled walled garden.
Parkins stressed that My AOL is a beta, and that many more features are planned.
There’s a Silicon Valley angle. The new service is a major coup for Feedster, the San Francisco RSS search engine. In its biggest deal to date, Feedster is providing the technology that lets My AOL users find feeds they want to subscribe to, CEO Scott Rafer tells us.
My AOL users will also be able to subscribe to searches, again using Feedster technology. So if you wanted to follow news about the Supreme Court justice confirmation, you could subscribe to a search with those terms and watch the headlines flow in automatically. AOL also tells us that Feedster is adding an “Add to My AOL” button next to search results to make it easy to subscribe to news sources and blogs — much like the the “Add to My Yahoo” button that we’re seeing so much of these days.