The interest feed
When I subscribe to anybody’s blog there is usually a choice of feeds between ‘posts’ and ‘comments’. Whilst ‘posts’ usually suits me fine I find that it isn’t adequate when I make a comment and want to watch the unfolding discussion. I never choose ‘comments’, even on my favourite blogs, because the noise to signal ratio is too high. The result is that I get thrown back into the Web 1.0 days of having to check a particular URL with a browser every so often. This is a real bore, and so I think I often miss out.
So… I propose a new class of feed – let’s call it the ‘interest’ feed. This gives you the same stuff as ‘posts’, but also lets you see ‘comments’ on any post that’s designated as interesting (e.g. by making a comment to it).
Of course the underlying issue here (once again!) is identity, as such a scheme would imply customised feeds for each individual subscriber (or some sort of personalised identity driven meta feed mashup).
I think this is the sort of thing that the major blogging platforms could start offering – come on guys – it’s not that hard!
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Tags: ATOM, blog, feed, identity, rss