About six months ago, a friend of mine released a new search engine called Duckduckgo. Duckduckgo was based on the much hyped (free) Yahoo BOSS search engine platform, it was well received and now serves hundreds of thousands of searches a day.
Yahoo recently announced BOSS was going to be a paid-for service – surprising a lot of developers. When you’ve built a popular (albeit non-profitable) service on a free platform, and that platform suddenly becomes rather expensive – that eats into your ramen budget.
So when various news agencies announced content delivery developer platforms, I was particularly interested in where they were headed.
There are various services – some free, some paid-for – that developers can use to extract content and valuable information from news agencies. My friend was developing a web application that took content from The Guardian, and automatically printed a bespoke newspaper each day about your favourite topics. He expressed displeasure about The Guardian restricting developers from doing this:
“You will not: Use Open Guardian Platform Content in any printed format”
We’re entering a new age of restrictions and jumping through hoops and loopholes to make awesome content platforms for users.
There are three top platforms for news content which I explore below. I’ll discuss what you can and can’t do technically. Continue reading