After Building for the Ecosystem, RSS3 Focuses on Web2 Inspired Goal of Building the Feed of Web3
As innovation and adoption of blockchain and Web3 related services grow, so do addresses and digital identities. This growth has resulted in the expansion of activities or feeds associated with addresses transcending transaction data, creating a need for a tool that aggregates these activities from different chains for use in the Web3 ecosystem.
The RSS3.IO tool was built by RSS3 developers at the Natural Selection Labs to collect and make feeds and information about addresses for use by developers and average users easily accessible. Use cases for RSS3 feeds include data visualisers, analytics and community platforms for decentralised autonomous organizations.
Whether you’re building a social media network, an activity tracker, a marketplace, or a profile page –you will need a feed and a source to run it, RSS3 Project wrote, noting that a feed should not be about transactions but a collection of items that describe an address.
What item makes it to the feed of an address is prescribed by a set of guidelines such as items must be connected to the owner in order to exclude spam, content must be valuable, readable by humans, and the action behind the item must be explainable.
The project draws inspiration from Web2’s RSS (really simple syndication) feed which was first originally introduced in 1999 but refines it by applying Web3 technology. While feeds were centrally controlled in Web2’s RSS, Web3 users retain control over what feeds are displayed.
Choose your path: developer or average user?
On the homepage of the newly updated RSS3 Portal is the feature that allows average users who may only desire a tool that allows them to check the activities of an address. The query displays a result of activities unique to the address holder and not spam, its creator said.
We have made a huge progress on what our feeds include and how we interpret the data[…]we did an extremely good job in terms of featuring stamps. So you are going to see a feed that is 100 percent from that address holder, Joshua Meteora, founder of RSS3 told Arweave News.
For developers, the RSS3 portal has been updated to display more activities such as transactions to another address and interacting with interpretable contracts. A change to the developer section which could be greeted with mixed reaction is the relocation of features profile, assets and links from the RSS3 API to newly introduced Unidata. This will help developers access Web3 data in a modularised and configurable manner. The RSS3 API is structured to easily get feeds of addresses with the option of adding specifications about feeds to display.
Meteora said RSS3 initially had features which should not be within its scope because the Web3 ecosystem was in its early stage and the platform was building infrastructure to support it.
But actually, deep down inside RSS3, we should be focusing solely on feeds which are the activities. So that means those who used to get data from the RSS3 are no longer going to get it. We offload these services to a different SDK called the Unidata, he said.
The future of RSS3
With RSS3 steered in the direction its creators wanted it to, there are now plans to consolidate the latest updates. The platform is currently looking to position RSS3 as a support structure for social, content and media applications.
And it’s going to be a pretty simple starting point. We are going to start from here and gradually introduce more features on RSS3.IO, Meteora said.
However, these features and many that will come will not remain free to use as the project said it was exploring token-gated queries. The founder explained to Arweave News that until a governance voting takes place, access to RSS3 would be free for average users – although developers would pay.
At a time when Web3 is misunderstood to be on a mission to upend Web2, the story of RSS3’s achievement attests that Web2 innovations whether active or dead will attain their full potentials when infused with Web3 technologies.
At the end of the day, we want to make sure that developers are building applications upon this and average users would be experiencing their apps not directly with RSS3. We want to make RSS3.IO one of the best apps as well, he also said.