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Chapter 10. Directories, Web Aggregators... > Web Aggregators: Introducing Meerkat

10.2. Web Aggregators: Introducing Meerkat

Meerkat was the first truly open-to-all, searchable, categorized aggregator. Developed by Rael Dornfest, Chair of the RSS 1.0 Working Group and researcher for O'Reilly (the publisher of this book), Meerkat (http://www.oreillynet.com/meerkat/) takes the RSS feeds from a whole range of sites, throws all of the items into a big pot, and makes the resulting mix searchable. Aggregating feeds in this way allows for custom feeds to be made—"The latest news on Java," say, or "Everything containing the keyword `sausages' written in the past 30 minutes."

Meerkat is primarily usable via its web interface, shown in Figure 10-2. This introduces two main concepts for the application: profiles and mobs. To use either of these features, you must first sign up for a user ID with the O'Reilly Network (http://www.oreillynet.com).


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