Future of blogs, search, and online advertising. Tech InfoTalk™: Bloglines & Feedster founders Mark Fletcher and Scott Johnson.
At Gnomedex I had a chance to sit down with a Founders of Bloglines and Feedster to chat about what their up to and where their going.
Guests: Mark Fletcher, Founder of Bloglines (now part of Ask Jeeves); Scott Johnson, Founder of Feedster
Mark Fletcher (MF): Yeah, our view was that we wanted to be the universal inbox, so you should be able to subscribe to any sort of content and be notified when anything is updated or new. …first challenge was coming up with a tool that lets you follow 100 or 200 feeds, and that’s what a basic aggregator is. The next challenge is to be able to expand that to 1000 or 2000 feeds, and there are lots of interesting challenges to that. The great thing is, you know, I’m a computer science guy, and the real interesting thing is that this is not a solved problem. This is a completely new problem in computer science that we didn’t have to deal with ten years ago, fifteen years ago, whatever. So to be able to work on a problem where we don’t have all of the answers is incredibly exciting.
Big prediction next five years:
MF: Things are going to get huge. It’s very easy, certainly, with the early crowd here. We’re in the first inning of a nine inning game for all of this. Everybody that uses the internet is going to be exposed to RSS in aggregation over the next five or ten years and it is going to become an important part of their life. They may not know it yet, but it will happen.
SJ: Your mom will actually care what RSS is.
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