RSS - more joys and pains
Plip blogged this morning about an old - very old - site of mine; www.asprss.com
Created back in the heady days of 2001 (which seems like a differrent era to me, like remembering "before the war") the site was aimed at a small group of people that Steve Smith and I all knew personally that wrote articles about ASP (now "Classic ASP").
We wanted to help sites like www.aspin.com ("directory sites") publish links to our articles - automatically, as soon as we'd published them!!
It all sounds pretty naive now.
However, although the transport mechanism is sorted now, there are still some flies in the ointment. The biggest to me is the dumbest idea ever - proof that either greed or stupidity can still break the system. The same genius that came up with the spam concept may have dreamt up Partial feeds.
That is, you want to publish some information but publish it in a way that makes it really hard to read. Like publishing a book and half way down the page - mid-sentence indeed - you have to put the book down, get in your car and visit the bookstore where the rest of the page awaits you.
All because the bookstore want "traffic" so they can upsell you a latte.
In fact, if you're reading this through a mirrored feed (there are a few that republish this blog, the newest being the Telligenti feed) you might be doubly screwed. You have to visit the mirror site first, then the real blog. If you ever see my content published in partial feed mode, let me know, and I'll fix it.
Please, if you publish a blog try to remember why. If it's to make $100 a year from google ads, keep spamming us with partial feeds. I've had to unsubscribe from even some friends feeds. But if you want to make it easy for people to listen to what you say, publish RSS as it was envisaged - and make sure any mirrors do the same.
Telligenti especially - go check how you look.
P.S. Plip's description of the afeeda service sounds like a good idea, especially for the "persona" feed.