RSS, OPML and the XML platform.
Copyright 2003-5 Randy Charles Morin
Michael Arrington: In looking at the new feed landing page I noticed something that I hadnât noticed before. An advertisement. Itâs just a single line of text - âDownload a Free Trial of FeedDemon 1.5â³, with a link that begins a download of FeedDemon. I donât know if it was there before or if this is a recent addition, but I donât like it. This page should be all about getting new subscribers to the publisherâs feed, not generating revenue for Feedburner.
Niall Kennedy: The link was there before.
Randy Charles Morin: Another example of a communist techie who attacks when any Web 2.0 company tries to make a living. I hate this so much. I expected better of Michael.
Bad is that he admitted he didn't even know if this was new or not. Worse is that he says "This page should be all about getting new subscribers to the publisherâs feed." Considering that most Web users don't have RSS clients installed, providing a link to download one would fit the description of "getting new subscribers to the publisherâs feed." How did Michael miss that? In fact, I wish FeedBurner would add a link to downloading FeedDemon's sister RSS reader for the Mac. And if FeedBurner makes a buck from that link, then thank you. It means I don't have to pay.
There's also seven other semi-commercial links on that page. What about them? My Yahoo, NewsGator, Pluck, Rojo, Bloglines, Google and yes, me! Now, I don't pay for that link and neither do any of the six Web aggregators, but I'm pretty sure that every Web aggregator who's missing a link on that page isn't exactly happy with that answer.