August 22, 2003

Newsletters via RSS

Alan Levine writes: about Barbara's post about sending out full text newsletters via RSS:

..."[W]hat Barbara is doing is pushing out the full content in RSS (why? because she can?), taking away that right for users to browse and click for more, pushing out more bandwidth to aggregators who check feeds hourly. Next stop, spam, porn, and why not pirated movies stuffed inside RSS?" (via carvingCode)

The comments after the post are interesting as well. As many of you know, I am a full proponent of full-text content coming into my aggregator. Jenny has been diplomatic (and rightly so) by mentioning that both summaries and full-text should be offered to the reader and I can't say that I disagree with her.

Consider this: The power of RSS is that one has the option to subscribe to the feed. There are no feeds that are forced upon anyone. There is no spam (at least not yet). If Barbara wants to put full-text newsletters in her feed, then she has the right to do it. Of you don't like it, then (GASP!!) don't subscribe to it. RSS is open enough that people can play with it and make it better (or worse), but the fact remains that one has full control over their aggregator., something that can;t be said for e-mail.

As an aside, I would love to get porn in my aggregator!!! (Oops, did I say that out loud?)

Posted by Steven at August 22, 2003 10:35 PM | TrackBack

If someone out there making porn has set up an RSS feed, shouldn't that be picked up by Feedster? If so, then all the porn you want could be filtered into your aggregator with one keyword search. I don't suggest you try this at work, though.

Posted by: Anna on August 23, 2003 11:33 AM

Hi Steven,

That's actually a pretty common search at Feedster. Common enough that we've been thinking about offering a feed of images from those sites. Gasp. Did I say that aloud ?

Posted by: scott johnson on August 24, 2003 06:04 AM
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