FeedBurner introduces interactive RSS

December 13th, 2005

FeedBurner introduces interactive RSS with a good writeup (and via) here. I cannot help but stop and think how this will jive with the fact that feeds will have to change along with presently published content, thus forcing readers to view old content (with slightly modified matter) as new content. For example, if the number of comments on a post change, that might not be enough for many people to have to download that content again. If that is not the case, then is the content truly dynamic/interactive beside being simple links?




  1. Phil Ringnalda (1 comments.) says:

    I can’t help but think that I’m not the only person who will think “FeedFlare? Don’t you mean FeedFlair, in the

    You know what, I do want to express myself, okay. And I don’t need 37 pieces of flair to do it.

    Office Space sense?”

  2. Jim (1 comments.) says:

    Wow, what a great tool! It will, um… well… er…

    Any FeedBurner publisher who activates the FeedFlare service gains the flexibility to include associated actions with a content item wherever it is displayed: in an RSS aggregator, on the originating Web page, or in an email, creating a common thread that ties all the different consumption experiences together in a consistent way. This live thread gives publishers a virtual Content Management System, an independent means of adding instant community and actions to a feed, Web site or blog.

    “FeedFlare builds interactivity and ‘life’ into content wherever it is consumed,” said Eric Lunt, co-founder and CTO of FeedBurner. “The new service gives subscribers a broader perspective on the world of information and enables publishers to promote and distribute information across multiple channels in new and exciting ways.”

    Someone call an English major! Or maybe an engineer who can leverage the interactive connectivity with a broader perspective on actions! And instant community consumption experiences!

  3. Meredith (24 comments.) says:

    Thanks, Jim, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one completely perplexed by that.

    Bloglines already offers this interactivity, though, and has for a while. You can e-mail someone an RSS entry with one click. And to answer your question about “if the comments change, is that enough to redownload” – my answer, from my experience with Bloglines, is no. Bloglines lets you see an entry as new when more comments have been added. I had that going on a few feeds, but I kept re-seeing so many entries that weren’t really new and it drove me crazy so I disabled the option for those feeds.

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