Push changes to Pull

September 19, 2006

I was thinking today about the way portals used to bang on about ‘Push’ technology as the next big thing. Who remembers a service launched in about 1998 which was a ‘personalised’ (I use that term lightly) homepage which pushed content to it’s users? I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the thing, all I can remember is it didn’t last long! (Although something in the back of my brain says it may have actually been something built into early Netscape browsers…)

Now with so much content available and technologies such as RSS available to us we all pull whatever content we choose and these kind of sites have become aggregators rather than a platform to push their chosen content to us.

I guess in some ways we are still pushed to, as we can’t choose which articles of an RSS feed to receive in most cases.

Anyone remember the site? If you do, please post a comment!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: