MSN Search beta returns results as RSS

MSN Search beta returns your search results as RSS. On the search results page view source. Right after the copyright statement you will notice <div id="rss_feed" class="clear"> and a link to the RSS feed for your search. Use the parameter q for your keywords (properly escaped of course) and the format parameter should be rss.

Very interesting. Yes, Feedster and Technorati will still have a fresher index, but they now have to make a stronger business case. You can add {frsh-100} to your query string to give fresher results a higher weighting but the search results are not LIFO, leading to constantly changing results due to the weightings of MSN.

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  1. Christopher Whipple on wrote:

    Here’s my favorite part:

    Copyright © 2005 Microsoft. All rights reserved. These XML results may not be used, reproduced or transmitted in any manner or for any purpose other than rendering MSN Search results within an RSS aggregator for your personal, non-commercial use. Any other use of these results requires express written permission from Microsoft Corporation. By accessing this web page or using these results in any manner whatsoever, you agree to be bound by the foregoing restrictions.

  2. Scott Rafer on wrote:

    Niall, Technorati’s coming at this from a different direction, but Feedster’s advantage is not that we provide search results as feeds. We’ve been doing it since June 2003 and have hundreds of thousands of unique subscriptions so far, but writing those RSS feeds isn’t very hard. The server operations to back up repeated, synchronized server hits of that sort is tricky, but that’s a secondary advantage.
    The primary advantage is that we (uniquely thusfar) have an XML index that will shortly include all the most valuable aspects of the B2C Internet. We’re working hard to make it easy for advertisers and publishers (both large and small) to use the structure and metadata of our XML index to deliver more valuable advertising programs than is possible with an HTML index of the Internet or any subset of it.

  3. Niall Kennedy on wrote:

    Thank you for taking the time to respond and clarify the unique selling proposition of Feedster.
    My RSS feed contains data consistently structured with the data of Feedster’s 3 million feeds, but the data are no different than the data presented in my HTML. This well-defined structure combined with features such as MyFeedster that communicate a complete cloud of interest should demand more expensive advertiser contracts.