Automattic Essays Lives On

Do you guys remember In addition to being a cool domain, it’s a ping-update service like Ping-O-Matic that was started by Jim Winstead and acquired by Yahoo in June of 2005.

Some exciting news today: Yahoo! is transferring to Automattic for safekeeping and further development. I’ve been a long-time fan of the service, and it even inspired the early WordPress feature which reordered your blogroll based on update times.

We’re looking forward to beefing up the service and giving it a refresh, while continuing its reputation for reliability. It makes me nostalgic to hear the name “” again, I even still have the t-shirt they made for a Feedmesh meetup years ago. (For a big blast from the past, check out the discussion around feedmesh and real-time, distributed updates. Everything old is new again.) Major kudos to Yahoo! for giving us the chance to do so — I think most companies would have just shuttered it.

Toni has a few more thoughts.

53 replies on “ Lives On”

Overlap? I never thought so.

The service filled a role almost-but-not-quite-entirely-unlike an RSS aggregator. It accepted pings, then it provided two distinct sets services based on the update info: 1) User services for making a list of favorite sites, and seeing when they updated, plus blogroll widgets that you could embed in your own site. 2) XML data streams of updates (a virtual firehose of blog update times). This tied in to the whole feedmesh idea mentioned.

Ping-O-Matic is ping aggregation: one ping redistributed to multiple other services (including I think at one time we had a page that showed the most recent pings (but I think it was for internal/admin use only). Does the API for checking update times still work? I had always hoped it would be used to revive the blogroll ordering feature in WordPress.

I’m curious to see what new and interesting things might arise from the merging of the massive Ping-O-Matic update stream with the service. Especially since Ping-O-Matic was originally my baby. 🙂

Yes, I remember this site.. very old.. it got stuck in time and I am happy that you acquired it now.. I’m sure you will bring it back to life. 🙂

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