Computing, Libraries, Tennis, India & other interests of Vikas Kamat
|Case Against RSS Feeds|| |
| The Case Against Public XML feeds|
I know that people have been talking a lot about RSS (XML feeds) for the last two years or so, and every now and then I consider providing them, always deciding not to.
Once I was narrating to my father, a
computer-illiterate, on how I am trying to optimize the search engine for
Kamat's Potpourri.. "Bappa, currently it takes over a minute to find
something on our website, and I want to reduce it to a few seconds".
My dad told me not to sweat. "If the people are so impatient as not to wait for
even a minute to find what they want, they better go somewhere else." he
You must pardon my father, he didn't know anything about the Web at that
time. But the importance of his opinion is not lost on me. I do not want
to serve computer robots, or those who are impatient. I want to serve
only those who are interested in our work.
That's the real reason why there's no public feed of our site. Here
are some more:
- HTML is designed for use by humans, while XML is designed for use by
machines. It is my opinion that XML feeds belong only in an automated B2B
environment. They are of very little value in a public domain ever since the
failure of the more eyeballs = better funda.
- When I researched some of the RSS feeds to write this blog, I found that
most of them were invalid, or broken, and were irrelevant in general.
- Exposing the XML feeds to public tremendously decreases the
Readership/Traffic ratio (not good).
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Monday, October 28, 2002|
Last Modified: 1/23/2003
|This is how I surf the web. Turns out
creating your own start page beats all portals, back-flipping,
personalized corporate pages, and book-marking tools.