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Published: Wed, 17 May 2017 17:36:04 -0800

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JSON Feeds

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:36:04 -0800

Manton Reece and Brent Simmons noticed developers avoiding XML in favor of JSON for APIs. JSON is simpler to read and write, and it's less prone to bugs. So [they] developed JSON Feed, a format similar to RSS and Atom but in JSON. It reflects the lessons learned from our years of work reading and publishing feeds. via daringfireball See the spec. It's at version 1, which may be the only version ever needed. If future versions are needed, version 1 feeds will still be valid feeds.

Google Reaver

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:20:30 -0800

With the deeply unpopular shutdown of Google Reader less than two weeks away (previously), plenty of would-be replacements have jumped into the mix, including the newly web-based Feedly, Newsblur, Digg, and possibly even Facebook (a particularly bitter irony, as obsession with defeating Facebook has been the alleged impetus behind CEO Larry Page's abandonment of beloved Google hallmarks like 20% Time, Google Labs, and open platforms like Reader). But while there's no shortage of attempts to replicate Reader's look and feel, there's one little-known aspect that none can match, and that will be lost forever come July 1st: the vast cache archive of every article from every website, living and dead, that has ever been subscribed to in Reader. This immense collection of tagged, organized content, the foundation of Reader's powerful personalized search, cannot be exported with Google Takeout. Luckily, the unofficial API provides a way to siphon this data safely into local storage. offers a simple text form to convert any RSS feed into a JSON list of stored content (more info), while Archive Team is mounting an ongoing crowdsourced effort to discover and save as much content as possible before it's destroyed. If there's any old site with an RSS content stream you'd like to save -- an old personal blog, a defunct website, anything that's obstructed by paywalls, formatting errors, poor organization, or hard-to-find content -- act now... before it's too late. More reading: The Guardian: Killing Google Reader is like killing the bees: we'll all be worse off It's a mistake to think that just because a small number of people use a product that they don't matter - and Google's attempt to push Reader users to Google+ is a mistake too. TechCrunch: What If The Google Reader Readers Just Don't Come Back? Forbes: How the Shutdown of Google Reader Threatens the Internet GigaOm: Google Reader lived on borrowed time: creator [Ed: and Mefi's Own] Chris Wetherell reflects Google Reader was doomed to fail from the very beginning: the company never really believed in it and it took big effort on part of a small team to make it work. Chris Wetherell, original creator & part of the Reader team reflects on past & the future. MuleRadio Podcast: You Have One (1) Unread Eulogy In Your Feed Jason Shellen, part of the original Google Reader team, joins Mike and Leah to talk about the recent announcement of Readers' death sentence. We also discuss why Reader and RSS get conflated, whether the window for consumer adoption of RSS has passed (spoiler: It has), and whether social media is the right tool to carry the upcoming load. James Whitaker: "Why I Left Google" (previously) The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus. Could Firefox be next? [...]

Episode IV: A New Feed

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:39:01 -0800

Does the shutdown of Google Reader make you feel like it has become just another Evil Empire (DeathStar+)? Then plug a feed address into StarRSS, and enjoy your favorite information sources displayed Star Wars style. (thank you, Laughing Squid)

Being locked in an RSS reader makes less and less sense to people...

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 15:40:08 -0800 is closing down. According to, the owners of Bloglines, the world is very different now from the world in which Bloglines was launched.
"The Internet has undergone a major evolution. The real-time information RSS was so astute at delivering (primarily, blog feeds) is now gained through conversations, and consuming this information has become a social experience."


Fri, 27 Apr 2007 07:16:04 -0800

Feed2JS is an amazingly cool (free) service that lets you harness the wealth of RSS feeds out there for yourself (embedding them in your blog template or web page) in a very simple and highly configurable way. Style it with one of the available CSS styles, or write your own. If you like you can also download the whole Feed2JS application/script to run on your own server. (Step-by-step tutorial inside)

Gluing it together

Mon, 02 Jan 2006 01:04:08 -0800

Want your goals, bookmarks, photos, music, blogs (or anything else RSS-friendly) in one place? SuprGlu collects your own content from your feeds on various webservices and posts them in one centralized place, making a personalized site all about you. As an example. (example links not mine)

RSS Mailer emails the contents of RSS feeds to mailing list users

Wed, 06 Oct 2004 21:48:19 -0800

RSS Mailer emails the contents of RSS feeds to mailing list users. You can manage your users and RSS feeds through a web interface and send a selected number of items from your RSS feeds (individually or all together) to the email addresses on your mail list. Users can subscribe/unsubscribe themselves through forms, or the administrator can subscribe/unsubscribe them through the web interface. You probably won't need Bloglet anymore.

Google's News

Mon, 23 Sep 2002 07:27:07 -0800

Google's News has launched as a new tab on their other search interfaces with a heavy redesign, though it still carries a "beta" label. The front page changes every few minutes based on some hidden popularity algorithm, as do the sub-pages. Featuring a stark ad-free design that looks quite a bit more attractive than or any other major news site, perhaps robot-collected news is the wave of the future.

CBS changes their mind!!!

Mon, 09 Jul 2001 11:04:02 -0800

CBS changes their mind!!!

I was one of the few people who was considering paying the $20 to watch the Big Brother feeds all summer long. I figured that I spend at least that much money on beer during a night out that three month's on entertainment for $20 seemed like a bargain.

However, CBS apparently listened to all the complaints and now instead of a "Free Trial", they are giving the internet feeds away for free.

Good CBS. Now expose Will, Justin, and Mike as the jerks they are on Tuesday's episode and you'll have a happy camper. Okay, and give me Hardy's phone number as well.