My RSS Feed

Saturday 16 November 2002

I've added an RSS feed for this blog. I'm not sure what to think of RSS. On the plus side, it's a great way to syndicate sites, and makes for easy aggregation. Its early history was a textbook example of starting with the simplest thing that can possibly work, and letting it grow as needed, rather than the bureaucratic creation of a monstrous standard that no one is happy with and no one can implement.

On the minus side, I personally don't want to view web sites via their RSS feeds. It means having all of the sites I like being homogenized together through an aggregator blender. I like visiting sites and experiencing their different designs. It's part of the experience, and the variety of designs helps me keep them all straight in my mind. The one thing I don't like about the broad adoption of easy-to-use blogging tools is that too many people use the default templates, and we end up with tons of sites that look exactly alike.

And RSS's recent history has been an ugly squabble over what should be a great shared resource.

But part of the fun of this site is experimenting with technology, so I've added an RSS feed just to try it out.

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