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LinuxPR: Meerkat, An Open Wire Service, Helps Developers Scan The Technology News

Mar 24, 2000, 21:01 (0 Talkback[s])

"Meerkat, an open wire service designed to keep developers on top of rapidly-changing technology news, has been launched on the O'Reilly Network. Meerkat organizes information, drawn from a wide variety of sites, by channel, category and date."

"Meerkat solves a common problem: how to notice when something has changed on a Web site. This can be a difficult task for developers who want to stay on top of many technologies. With Meerkat, it's possible to know what's been published in the last hour, day, or month on a variety of sites. "Meerkat is an editorial tool that we use at the O'Reilly Network to monitor the flow of information in technical communities," said Dougherty. "It was so exciting that we decided to open it to users."

"Meerkat is an aggregator of information from sites that support RSS (Rich Site Summary), an XML format that supplies the title, description and URL for stories created on the site. RSS was developed by Netscape in 1999 as a way of drawing in content from the Web for use in its My Netscape Network portal..."

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