Interesting. WordPress just added RSSCloud capabilities, according to ReadWriteWeb:

All blogs on the platform and any blogs that opt-in (using this plug-in) will now make instant updates available to any RSS readers subscribed to a new feature called RSSCloud. There is currently only one RSS aggregator that supports RSSCloud, Dave Winer’s brand-new reader River2. That will probably change very soon.

WordPress just officially announced this as well:

Today we turned on support for all 7.5 million blogs on something called RSS Cloud, which is basically a way for people to get push notification that your feed has updated.

Now, while this is definitely cool, this feature *does* only work with Dave Winer’s River2 feed reader at this point, so it’s not very practical yet. After the weekend’s noise about everyone’s old, stale, oops-I-forgot-to-update-it WordPress blogs getting hacked (my 2 cents on that: if you can’t be bothered to keep up with updates or run regular backups, then please stop hosting your own site), this smells more like a really smart, strategic PR move by WordPress to me, than it smells like something that is immediately useful.

I did add the plugin to this site, however, so I do hope this gets picked up by other feed readers out there, like Google Reader (and if possible, I’d like to see it on my current feed reader of choice, Fever). It would make tracking new items much more real time.

More discussion on this here…

UPDATE: LazyFeed has announced that it will also be supporting RSSCloud soon. So there’s two feed readers now…

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