I’ve talked about Google Reader a lot on this blog. In my opinion, it is one of the best and fastest ways to follow all the blogs I read via their RSS feeds. One of my greatest frustrations are blogs who only publish a couple of lines of their posts in their feed – rather than the entire post.
I got into a rather heated email exchange, recently, with the “blog” of one of my favourite organizations. They were publishing posts in blog format, with comments like a blog, with tags like a blog – but ‘we aren’t really a blog – because of the extras we offer at our site – and besides, you can’t put images and other stuff in RSS feeds.’ Wrong! I’d don’t read them at all now. Truly effective communication.
Ethan Kaplan wants to start a Movement in response to truncated RSS feeds – and I’m ready to join.
…single line RSS feeds are ridiculously stupid. All it tells me is that the publisher doesn’t care enough about the reader’s time to provide content agnostic to presentation format. I shouldn’t have to make this post. It should be self evident that your RSS feed should provide a media specified version of your core content product.
It should not be a teaser farm. It shouldn’t be a ploy to gain numbers that are arbitrary and mean nothing. It should be content applied to medium to create relevant media. Its basic McCluhan folks. We’re not reinventing the wheel, just making it roll better.
So here forth:
Everyone should unsusbscribe to feeds which don’t honor the spirit of RSS.
Everyone should thereby unsubscirbe from feeds which do not provide full-text.
From my blog friend, Michael Bells (in the comments),
A high percentage of the time, if i get a truncated RSS feed, I do not click through to read the rest of the feed… that may be to my loss… but the whole idea of RSS feeds is to save time and bring all the blogs I read into 1 place… so to force me to click through to read the article defeats the purpose.
Read this post from PR Blogger, Steve Rubel,
it’s becoming more apparent to me that the bloggers who syndicate full text are among the most well-read.