Grubers New RSS Feeds

John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame has just updated his RSS feeds to include both tiny link posts and larger essaylike posts. This is very much appreciated by yours truly.

One interesting thing to note in the XML feed: larger noteworthy posts are now starred (★), while the link posts are plain. Delicious. I predict widespread adoption/copying of this feature. My fingers are tingling now, to do the same. Your thoughts?

Responses to “Grubers New RSS Feeds”

  1. Brendan says:

    That ‘star’ feature has been in the members feed for some time.

    Whilst it is great to see a more ‘open’ feed, it does detract from the ‘value’ of membership. Given the feeds are now full, I’m less inclined to renew membership because I don’t see any real value of doing so.

    Finding a better option than authenticated feeds would have solved Gruber’s iPhone issue – because it is the iPhone that’s triggered it, not the hundreds of people who have wanted to use Gmail and have had to find various ways of doing so, for a great many months.

    Yahoo pipes solved that for me some time back.

  2. Joen says:

    Whilst it is great to see a more ?open? feed, it does detract from the ?value? of membership. Given the feeds are now full, I?m less inclined to renew membership because I don?t see any real value of doing so.

    So far as I know, the problems Gruber is facing are real. I think he’s put a lot of thought into it.

    I’d suppose he judges that the ads that appear in the non member feed are enough to keep the wheels running, even with the people jumping ship from the members only feed.

    Finding a better option than authenticated feeds would have solved Gruber?s iPhone issue – because it is the iPhone that?s triggered it, not the hundreds of people who have wanted to use Gmail and have had to find various ways of doing so, for a great many months.

    Interesting. I suppose it’s not until you experience the problem yourself that you push yourself to do something about it.

  3. I love it. I always hated deprecated feeds, and even though I’m a member, Google Reader prevented me from getting my members-feed.

    And I’m thinking I might need to do something akin to that star… Never thought about it before now, but it’s a good idea.

  4. Joen says:

    I love it. I always hated deprecated feeds, and even though I?m a member, Google Reader prevented me from getting my members-feed.

    I’ve been this close to joining Grubers cause, but never gotten around to it. There are only so many causes one man can support, and Gruber just didn’t make the cut. So I’ll be happy to read his ad-supported feed.

    And I?m thinking I might need to do something akin to that star… Never thought about it before now, but it?s a good idea.

    Totally. I think I’ll come clean and say it’s only a matter of time for me.

  5. Joen says:

    There’s one problem with the new feeds, though, which I think is mostly related to Daring Fireball in specific. Already today, Gruber has posted both one new starred entry, and several link posts. From my feed readers POV, that means the starred one has already sunk to the bottom of a pile.

  6. Brendan says:

    Having access to the members feeds, I have subscribed to the posts only feed and the link list, seperately, which results in a less ‘retrenched’ feel.

    > Google Reader prevented me from getting my members-feed.

    There are a few ways around it, Yahoo! pipes is one. It’s what I have used since becoming a paid-up member.

    > So far as I know, the problems Gruber is facing are real. I think he?s put a lot of thought into it.

    Google Reader has been around longer than the authenticated feed option that Gruber introduced. It’s been a problem since then. Gruber uses an iPhone and as mentioned, it’s reader doesn’t support authenticated feeds.

    People have asked on and off for months – and within a month of the iPhone release? Boom. Sorted.

    Sorry, but if Google Reader was the only problem, we’d continue to be in the same situation as has been the case for months. Gruber is a great read, really, some good stuff. But the latest change is very much because of the iPhone, because he has stoically refused to look at any alternative (his recommendation was to not use Google Reader) until now.

  7. You just said ‘boom’ :)

  8. Joen says:

    You just said ?boom? :)

    I gotta ask, is this “boom” comment related perchance to that TV show that’s been going around?

  9. It’s a Steve Job’nism.

  10. Chris says:

    I’m glad you posted about this. I was a little flipped out when I checked my feeds today and Daring Fireball alone was 100+ new items. The post regarding the changed feed was so buried I couldn’t be bothered to scroll to it.

  11. alex says:

    Any strategic consideration aside (I am sure he is on top of that) I have noticed that while I really appreciate the tone and insights in the long articles I do not like the short bits. It is a bit like getting to know something personal about an actor you really appreciate in his/her movies and not liking it.

    So I have switched back to articles only.