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Top News Sites Don't Do RSS Well

Posted on 5.03.2007
According to a study of 19 top news sites from the International Center for Media and Public Agenda at the University of Maryland, RSS feeds work very poorly for anyone who uses news for more than "infotainment".

Cited as among the best users of RSS were the The Los Angeles Times, ABC News, Christian Science Monitor, BBC World Service and Fox News. Among the worst were Al Jazeera, The Guardian and The New York Times.

The study failed to mention that RSS is really only in the first adoption phase and getting anyone, much less an established media outlet, to make the commitment to moving towards sharing content through RSS is going to be a long, slow road.

Users of those outlets which ranked higher give users of their RSS feeds more of what those users would get were they to go to the actual website. Those media outlets which ranked lower gave only a small fraction of the range of news available on their websites.

Some of the conclusions developed by the authors were interesting, some were not, including my personal favorite that we should just all use Google News. They did identify that the lack of standards was a problem as what the lack of meta-data about the individual posts.

- Read the study conclusions here

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