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October 15, 2009 12:05 ET

Collecta Releases XMPP-Based API to Power Streaming, Real-Time Applications

Collecta Issues Streaming API, Challenges Developers to Push the Real-Time Envelope

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2009) - In its mission to accelerate the pace of the Internet search, Collecta launched the second of its APIs, the Collecta XMPP-based Streaming API (CXS), to spark the creation of streaming real-time applications that bring the web to life and fundamentally change how we access information on the Internet. In addition, Collecta announced the opening of its AppMaster Challenge 2 contest, along with the winner of AppMaster Challenge 1.

Collecta's latest API is based on the open messaging standard XMPP and is the same framework that powers the Collecta site (www.collecta.com) itself. This new API means third-party developers can now push streaming results from Collecta's broad base of social media, established news, and unique content sources directly into their applications, for a more engaging experience. The company is working directly with publishers of news, sports and entertainment information to provide the freshest, most reputable stories right as they're published.

"The Streaming API is a push mechanism that flows results from across the web as they are published. As a result, developers are able to build highly sophisticated and lively applications that offer a streaming view of what's happening on the web right now," said Gerry Campbell, CEO of Collecta. "The span of the real-time web is now available and accessible to a wide range of applications -- whether it's pushing live content from chat rooms or images posted on photo sites."

The XMPP-based Streaming API marks the first real-time results API built on the XMPP protocol. XMPP is becoming an important protocol for the real-time web and also powers products such as Meebo and Google Wave.

In September, Collecta began to engage the developer community with the release of its HTTP-based "Collecta Results Set" (CRS) API. More than 100 developers have already begun developing on the Collecta platform -- and along with applications, several libraries have also been built by the community to enable developers to work easily in languages like JavaScript, ActionScript, PHP, and VB.NET.

AppMaster Challenge 2

In conjunction with the XMPP API release, Collecta has launched a second developer's challenge, AppMaster Challenge 2 through ChallengePost.com. Developers can enter their application or plug-in based on the XMPP API for a chance to win a $2,000 gift certificate to Amazon.com. Submissions will be evaluated by the Collecta team to determine which application best exemplifies the potential of real-time results. AppMaster Challenge 2 entries are due on or before November 27th.

AppMaster Challenge 1 Contest Winner Announced

AppMaster Challenge 1 ran from September 10 to October 8. Developers were asked to submit a plug-in or application based on the HTTP-based CRS API for a chance to win a 15" MacBook Pro.

"The response to the AppMaster Challenge has been tremendous, and reinforces our belief that there are a lot of smart and creative developers out there who want to work with real-time information," said Campbell. "Choosing a winner wasn't easy -- top entries included a radar-style app that visually depicted how often and recently terms were mentioned, a greasemonkey script that put Collecta real-time results alongside Google search results, and a map application that showed the locations for incoming real-time content."

The final winner, as determined by the Collecta team to best capture the spirit of real-time, is Daniel Goodwin. Daniel built an easy-to-install Firefox extension that pulls in real-time web content based on what's in the current page of the user's browser. The application gives users an ever-updating (but also user-controllable) live feed of relevant results as they travel from page to page.

Daniel explained that his app is unique since it brings the web to him: "Sitting at a site on the web is kind of like sitting in a contained area with no idea of the world going on around you. Collecta is definitely helping to make the web more 'alive.'"

To learn more about the AppMaster Challenge 2 and Daniel Goodwin's winning entry for AppMaster Challenge 1, visit blog.collecta.com. To see all the great entries in AppMaster Challenge 1, check out http://developer.collecta.com/gallery. And for the Collecta XMPP-based Streaming API, go to http://developer.collecta.com.

About Collecta

Collecta represents a new way to experience search, in real time. Collecta is the Web's most powerful real-time search engine, posting matching stories, blogs, photos, and comments as they happen. By aggregating content in real time, Collecta offers a new and more comprehensive view of what's going on in the world right now. For more information, visit www.collecta.com.

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