The Big Think

November 23, 2005


Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 12:39 am

I haven’t ever used an RSS feed reader. Well, I did use one but only until the 30 day free status wore off, but because I’m cheap and I’m used to “open all in tabs”, I haven’t gone the RSS route. Thanks to Giles and Mark linking to free OS X software I discovered Vienna tonight. Wowsers. This is a seriously cool program. My only question is why some rss feeds (like Luxist) come through with links intact, but others (thebigthink, giles’ site, mark’s site) all loose any urls associated with links. In other words, if I say check out this link HERE, Vienna won’t see that HERE is a legitimate link, and will treat it like any other word. For some pages the links come across fine.

Another problem is that posts from thebigthink come across as summaries, while other web pages have the full posts and pictures. Is this something that needs to be changed at the RSS originating site?

Anyone know why?


  1. Yep, that’s up to the originating site.

    Some sites choose not to include the links so as to drive the traffic to their site, boosting their page load stats. (Ad-funded sites are especially prone to this.) Including summaries rather that full articles keeps bandwidth costs down a bit, but is annoying. Also, since good feed readers actually check to see if there have been changes made before downloading a whole RSS feed, the bandwidth savings are negligible.

    It’d sure be nice if your site would send the whole stories! There should be a setting somewhere to do so, though without knowing Typepad, I wouldn’t have any idea where to look.

    Oh, wait — lookie here:

    Check the “Syndicating your Weblog” section. It looks helpful.

    Comment by Sean — November 23, 2005 @ 6:40 am

  2. i’ve often wondered about that. when sean mcmains quotes from my site, the permalinks are stripped of their #s, so it only links to the page and not the a name….

    Comment by barry — November 23, 2005 @ 3:27 pm

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