A passionate programmer’s findings in the world of internet.

RSS Awareness Day – May 1st

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Only a very small percentage of the Internet population is aware of the RSS format and its benefits, and that number is growing slowly over time.

Let me do my part to spread the importance of RSS (specifically, full RSS if possible).

RSS Awareness Day

What is RSS?

RSS = Really Simple Syndication

RSS is a format used to deliver information from websites and pages that get updated regularly. An RSS document (which is called feed) contains either a summary or the full content from a website.

Why RSS is important to me?

I no longer read any blog directly on any website. I wouldn't be able to read that much if there is no RSS. Imagine that you have to visit website by website, to see if they have updated it. If you have 20 blogs to follow, clicking and waiting them to load would have to take a long time. What if you have 50 websites/blogs to read?

With RSS, you can see it all in one screen when you are using RSS reader. I'm using Google Reader and I'm very happy with it. Do give it a try, if you are not using any.

If you are a web content publisher, make sure your site provides RSS feed so that your readers can subscribe to it. Besides saving your followers' time, you save lots of bandwidth! Of course, you might be earning less ads revenue, but if that's so important to you, there are lots of advertising networks that allows you to put ads on your RSS feed. One good choice would be to use Google AdSense with Feedburner.

No Short (RSS) Feed!

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

I really don't understand why a blog like the adCenter would want to use show short rss feed, when their main purpose is to spread the news. Are they afraid of spammers took their blog contents and post it to somewhere else? I thought that would help them further spread their products to more audience?

A second reason I could guess would be that they want their readers to check out their website? Or, they want their readers to click on the advertisements on their website? As far as I know, subscribers, whether they read on RSS reader or at the website, they don't click much on ads. If they are so worried about this, make some RSS ads.

I'm not sure about you, most of the time I really won't click on the "read more" link, unless they really are giving out money.

After thinking a while, I think maybe I should go to the site and have a look. Maybe their website is really so cool that everyone has to check it out. Guess what I see?

Maybe we should create a campaign to boycott websites with short feeds. We want full text feed! We want full text feed! We want full text feed!

Are you with me?