Neville Hobson

Smart RSS

I’ve just added FeedFlare functionality to this blog’s posts and to the RSS feed.

FeedFlare is a new service from RSS publisher FeedBurner that adds some useful features to your RSS feed and to your blog:

FeedFlare allows publishers to easily build "interactivity" into the content they create, making it simple for subscribers to tag, email or share their content with others. Publishers can include a variety of services including a live display of the number of comments to each post, the ability to email the author directly and show the number of blogs that link to their item. Publishers can choose to include FeedFlare within the feed itself as well as on their blog or site.

I haven’t enabled all the many options, just ’email’ and ‘post to del.icio.us’ in the posts themselves for the time being. Those two also now appear in the RSS feed with an additional one – a link to the Creative Commons license for this blog.

While I don’t really expect that last one to make any difference to the RSS feed content thieves out there, such as the example Greg Hoffman explains, at least you can’t ignore the fact that any use of what I write and publish and what is distributed via RSS does carry conditions.

Another FeedBurner function I plan to implement at the time when I complete the transition from NevOn, my current TypePad blog, to here – sometime during the coming week, I hope – is the automatic continuance of the RSS feed from that TypePad blog.

This means that if you currently subscribe to the NevOn FeedBurner feed, you need do nothing – your subscription will automatically change to the one on this new blog.

That’s smart.

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