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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Feeding RSS
I don't really understand the utility of this information, but since I read on Jonathan's blog that he's being pestered to implement an RSS feed, I'd better make it clear that I have one of my own:

<http://www.livejournal.com/users/cbertsch/data/rss>

There. I feel better already.

Mode: warming
Muse: a dumb radio ad for some car dealer

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masoo From: masoo Date: September 29th, 2004 12:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
As the pesterer, I'll explain the utility:

I run a program in the background called Bloglines Notifier (I'd look up the URL, but I'm in a hurry). It's connected to a site, Bloglines, where I give the addresses of all the various blogs and other RSS-able sites I read. Whenever one of the sites I have listed on Bloglines is updated, I get a notice in my browser.

So every time Charlie updates his blog, I know about it. That's the utility of it.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 29th, 2004 01:13 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
But were you already using the RSS feed for our blogs?
masoo From: masoo Date: September 29th, 2004 02:02 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sorry, don't understand the question. I mean, yes, I have your blog in my RSS thingie, and when I see that you've updated, I read the latest stuff. I have everyone in my program that has a similar feed. Jonathan doesn't have one.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 29th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's what I meant. What I don't understand is whether you had to seek out the RSS feed on the LiveJournal site -- since it's a different URL -- or not. Did you have to get the address on your own, or was it found automatically?
leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: September 29th, 2004 11:15 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Depends. Seriously.

I watch a bunch of RSS feeds on my LJ, including a BBC news feed, Doonesbury and Foxtrot.

LJ has set up the interface with RSS feeds so that I can actually see/read the entries from the feeds in my f-list, rather than having to go out and find them.

Other blog/journal sites set up their interface so that they notify you when something's updated and you have to click a link to go to the blog/journal/news page/whatever to read the update.

Or at least that's the way that I understand it works.

You're supposed to be able to request RSS feeds in LJ. I'm trying to figure out how to request that they catch Steven's blog, so I can read it in my f-list instead of going to his site. If I figure it out, I'll let you know.

The only problem with that is that any comments only end up in the LJ/feed version of the blog, and not on Steven's actual blog. So, I'd have to go over to his page to comment if I wanted him to see it.
masoo From: masoo Date: September 29th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I get it now. I don't remember, to be honest ... I think I added it myself when I first started using an RSS reader ... Bloglines adds right-click functions to my browser (I know Macs don't have right-click so I'm not sure what the equivalent is) where I subscribe to a page that way. And now, if I'm in Bloglines, I can type a URL and it finds the feed on its own ... it has special methods for various sites like LiveJournal or Xanga.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 29th, 2004 09:49 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
For goofs like me, Charlie, what the heck is an RSS feed? Laura
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 29th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think Steven explained it in the comment section better than I can. Basically, it's a version of your blog content that looks to the naked eye like text + gobbledygook -- because it's formatted in a meta-language (I think you use that term) called XML -- but which different programs can put to good use, most obviously by including your blog along with others in a stream that makes it easier to determine when they have been updated. You know how the LiveJournal "Friends" feature works? It allows for something like that.

I need to sign up for a "dummy" account at blogspot so I can comment on your journal. Maybe you can do the same for LiveJournal. Steven is the model. He comments on my blog and Kim's from his LiveJournal account. But all it does, if you go there, is direct you to his real blog.
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