Google’s big push recently has been on enabling open, real-time technologies to publish, read, and interact with its new service Buzz. Reader, its RSS subscription and website reading service, is one of the biggest tools to integrate with the service. So much that my Reader contacts are now my Buzz contacts. Until now, Google Reader, while when it would share your posts, it would send updates to subscribing services via Pubsub Hubbub (PSHB), it did not support the reading end of it for supported blogs that publish via PSHB.
Just after my last post on Google ironically, I noticed immediately after publishing people were sharing my post, something very unusual for the service, which usually takes up to an hour for my posts to show up on the site. Going into Reader, I noticed it had immediately recognized my post. I quickly queried a friend of mine at Google, who stated, “They can neither confirm nor deny my suspicion” (that it was launched), but I was “observant”. Sounds like they just launched Pubsub Hubbub support.
WordPress-enabled Blogs that want to be seen immediately after publishing in Google Reader just need to install Josh Fraser’s Pubsub Hubbub plugin for WordPress. After hitting publish, your post should appear immediately afterwards in PSHB-supported clients, which, if I am correct, now includes Google Reader’s massive user base.
If this is true, you should see this post immediately after I hit publish in Google Reader. Assuming I’m right (which it seems so), Robert Scoble’s concern of it taking too long to get news (#5) just went out the door today – he can now get this just as fast, if not faster than any service such as Twitter, FriendFeed, or Buzz, and this way, he gets to read the full content of the article. When I hit publish on this post you will see it immediately. You are subscribed to my feeds, right?
UPDATE: Just after hitting publish it appeared immediately in Google Reader on this post as well. I’m 99.9% sure now that PSHB was launched on Google Reader today.
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