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Full text in RSS?

Friday, October 24, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named love.gifGuardian: "Our feeds now contain the full content of each article so that you can take guardian.co.uk with you wherever you prefer to get your news." Permalink to this paragraph

First, I'm not aware of any other publication of the Guardian's size and stature that has gone this way, and I know some people will be excited about it and welcome it.  Permalink to this paragraph

However I don't think full text makes sense in all circumstances.  Permalink to this paragraph

I prefer the River of News approach, as exemplified by nytimesriver.com and bbcriver.com, and full text feeds wouldn't work very well there. If you want to skim the news quickly, from a large number of sources, the style favored by the Times and the BBC works better. I wouldn't want to see all news sources feel pressure to go the same way as the Guardian. Permalink to this paragraph

I think giving readers choice is the best way to go. Permalink to this paragraph

BTW the Scripting News feed has always been full text. Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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