The objective of Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) is to define the minimum extensions necessary to enable loosely-cooperating apps
XML Developer Center: Simple Sharing Extensions for RSS and OPML
From my 10 minute lookover of this, I’m pretty excited. I don’t have time to completely grok the usage or to look for holes right now, but I’d be surprized if there are any deal-killers.
In that podcast Nick talks a good game about the interrelationship of aggregators via import/export of OPML. My thought at the time was that by the end of 2006 what we’d be choosing aggregators based not on whether you could keep your subscription lists in sync by importing/exporting your OPML, but whether or not you could keep them in sync by publish/subscribe methods – I don;t want to have to manually exchange files to keep 2 aggregators up to date – I’d much rather just have them do it themselves. Looks to me that SSE is the start of (and maybe the end of, when implemented) a solution to that problem. SSE also offers a path to the RSS aggregation Holy Grail – keeping what I’ve already read in sync across platforms (which the NewsGator family of aggregators already does). Given this information, I should have taken Steve Gillmor’s advice to heart:
“when someone tells you how long something is going to take to make a difference, divide by 10″
» Time is on our side | Steve Gillmor’s InfoRouter | ZDNet.com
It looks like it’ll be more like the end of the first quarter of next year when we might be able to start looking at this featureset as a choice point.
via Sharing at so many levels! (Scripting News)
See also Really Simple Sharing (I chose not to subscribe to Ray’s blog when he started again. I think I was wrong) and Frequently Asked Questions for Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE)