Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Top 3 who need to fix their RSS shit

Time for some self-indulgence. The following wholly exhaustive list is compiled from my NetVibes page (who, incidentally, should have a Mark All As Read button for anal retentives like me who suffer from the following serial RSS miscreants).

#1: Google. Every time I go back to NetVibes, the feeds from their blog search and Web search products are jumbled up, causing NetVibes to mark all items as unread. Come on Google, fix your shit! You guys are so smart, solve this little problem.

#2: Dave Winer. Multiple times per day the order of his feed items get jumbled round, which confuses NetVibes, causing more erroneous unread flagging. Then every 24 hours, all the old items get wiped. Dave, mate, I know RSS is your baby and everything, but do you really have to prove how hardcore you are by publishing the least user-friendly RSS in the known Web? The accepted standard is a set number of items, ordered by publication time in descending order. It may not be the standard you set, but please adhere to it because it's a standard for good reasons.

#3: Valleywag. There's not anything technically wrong with Nick Douglas' feed, but damn, there are way too many items per day. It takes longer for . Do you get paid per... oh yeah, you actually do. You whore! Meant in the nicest possible way, of course.

Special mention goes to Penny Arcade, who have recently fixed their RSS shit but were previously competing with Dave for the shittiest feed on the Web. Now it's just their Web site which sucks.

(This shit [which is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S] brought to you by Cheekyboy's I Need Bananas, part of solcofn's latest mashup mix.)


Anonymous Mathew Ingram said...

So I'm not the only one who noticed that about Dave's RSS feed. Mine (which I read in Netvibes) also shows up with no blog titles -- does yours do that too?

5:36 am, August 23, 2006  

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