"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..."