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Monitoring wikis worldwide

Newsfeed search engines like Technorati, Feedster, and PubSub make it easy to monitor blogs and news sites. You can subscribe to a search newsfeed to be alerted whenever a blog entry or news items matches your search criteria. But how do you monitor all of the wikis of the world? The newsfeed search engines don't monitor wiki recent changes newsfeeds, or do they? 

I googled and turned up some wiki pages on InterWikiSearchEnginesDiscussion and UnifiedRecentChanges.  Looks like there is plenty more work to be done in this area.


You hit on a great point and one in which wikipedia inadvertantly pokes fun at itself: "RSS saves users from having to repeatedly visit favorite websites to check for new content or be notified of updates via email." - Wikipedia. [via otterman] Much of the work to be done is on the wiki side, unfortunately. Feedster, et al, would be thrilled to make wiki changes as easy to search as everything else, but: 1. the Wiki vendors need to make RSS output a standard option, and 2. either have the wikis auto-submit their feeds to http://feedster.com/add.php when they are created and/or hit the variety of available ping servers as is detailed at: http://developers.feedster.com/index.php/FeedsterPingServer Other librarian comments on this issue: http://www.librarystuff.net/2004/12/current-events-from-wikipedia.html http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/jkbaumga/2004/12/28#a2834

Posted by Scott Rafer on January 02, 2005 at 07:01 PM EST #

RSS-feeds of a few Wikipedia-pages should be more than enough. We have enough visitors at Wikipedia and don't need more crawler. BTW, I think that blogs should get more editable first bevor wikis move.

Posted by TomK32 on January 07, 2005 at 12:37 PM EST #

[Trackback] Tim Oren picks up the RSS deficit in wiki land, via a Google translation of a German post and Dave Johnson post where Scott Rafer comments: “Much of the work to be done is on the wiki side, unfortunately. Feedster,

Posted by Ross Mayfield's Weblog on January 26, 2005 at 01:54 AM EST #

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