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One feed to rule them all ...

13.03.2005 - 18:25 / filled under default

Okay, I am giving up.

Although it is nice from me to offer different feeds with different parts of my blogs (this rant does not only apply to useful sounds, but to of all my blogs) and I once also did feeds for Atom and RSS, I can see in logfiles and statistics: People don't care.

They just want one feed. Plus, feedreaders are getting smarter and start displaying the entries and download podcasts also .

On this blog for example I wanted to give people the choice between just podcast entries and all text entries. As it turns out, this does not work. As one example, I do have 20 subscribers reading my rss.xml - with an ipodder client. On another blog I do have 20 subscribers on an atom-feed - which always turns up first.

So one would asume, that I just take all feeds, make one big new and use my htaccess to redirect all traffic to one new feedfile.

So far, so clever. If - yes if there where not services like bloglines. Which continue to support the old files but correctly display the content from the new files. The moment one uses the autosubscribe feature, he is not presented only with this choice - but all other available choices, including technorati. And this is just bloglines, I asume the others to be just like that.

If these are direct accesses from RSS-Clients, I can redirect them, that is okay. But any suggestion on how to tell bloglines and co 'do rewrite this entry in your database with a new address and forget the old one'? (This is 2005, dammit. Why can't I give a command to services like that?)

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