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Weekend Project: Add PubSubHubbub Syndication to Your Site or Blog

Nov 20, 2010, 23:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

" Web syndication formats like RSS and Atom have revolutionized the way we get information, but even though these formats are standardized and widespread, syndication is still evolving. PubSubHubbub is one of the more interesting advancements in syndication technology, because it actually changes the update method used by clients, from traffic-heavy periodic polling to a publisher-push model. Luckily you don't have to choose one or the other; you can add PubSubHubbub support to your site's feeds without losing compatibility with your more "traditional" readers. This weekend, update your feeds to the latest and greatest in syndication and generate your own hubbub.

"How It Works

"In Ye Olde-Fashioned Web Syndication of yesteryear, there were exactly two players in each conversation: the publisher (such as a blog or other site producing RSS or Atom content) and the subscriber (an end-user application, such as a feed-aggregating blog reader like Google Reader or TT-RSS, or a stand-alone software app). The publisher updated the content of its feed whenever a new story or post went live."

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