some thoughts on My Yahoo RSS Headlines Beta

some thoughts on My Yahoo RSS Headlines Beta

Congrats to everyone at My Yahoo — this means big things for Yahoo and the Web. I have a scattering of accolades, criticisms, tips, and next step suggestions.

The module is very useable, particularly with the great faq’s and surprisingly good (still with room for improvement) RSS feed search. Technically, the back end must be solid for this to go beta — we’ll see how it scales. Nice touches with OPML import (though no play friendly OPML export), and update API.

One thing that current RSS users will immediately jump on is the 25 feed limit — however the real limit is 150, as I’ll show, which should satisfy most human beings. You can add the module to any page at http://my.yahoo.com/preview/ycontent.html. Each page has its own list of feeds and you can add up to 6 pages to My Yahoo. Users will quickly want a single page to manage all their feeds.

This is the presentation that inspired myRadio. More presentation options are needed in the module, particularly order by date and hiding read articles. However, both of these features would increase the computation load significantly.

When Yahoo Clubs merged with Yahoo Groups, My Yahoo lost a great module. Though, RSS Headlines provides a stop gap — just add the RSS feed for your Yahoo Groups subscriptions. One problem is that Yahoo Groups produces RSS is reverse order, so you’ll see the oldest messages first. Maybe with this new architecture in place for RSS, it will be easy to resurrect the Groups module.

Companion is calling out for integration. It could display a Subscribe To icon when it autodiscovers RSS feeds during browsing.

Wonder why this rdf feed doesn’t work for the module? Wonder if they’ll support Atom, and blogger? Would that require a name change for the module?

Many users are moving from a browser-centered world. Will My Yahoo grab this next opportunity with more haste? My Yahoo has lots of great content – quotes, weather, sports, movie listings, ski reports, tv – that would make great RSS feeds. There is a business model, as part of a Premium Package or in feed advertisements.

But whatever I ramble, it’s a great great thing to see RSS in My!