Distributed RSS via BitTorrent

By Deane Barker on December 16, 2003

BitTorrent and RSS Create Disruptive Revolution: Here’s on interesting look at combining P2P with RSS to provided distributed RSS feeds using BitTorrent. RSS consumers also become distributors, and future consumers simply grab the nearest available feed instead of taxing the source for it.

…the more popular the feed, the more nodes on the network serving pieces of the feed. That would allow rapid downloads by many users by distributing the data across multiple sites. It’s a digital Robin Hood, redistributing the wealth from the server to a network of peers. BitTorrent does cryptographic hashing of all data, so feed owners can be confident the file reaches its target unchanged.