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    ESPN kills RSS feeds

    I love having my iGoogle page set up for RSS feeds. Great for mobile devices too. Now, unless I just can't find them, ESPN has decided to drop these nice, plain and simple sources of information for their bloated "widgets" that are slower to load and take up a bunch more space.

    Argh!!!



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    Re: ESPN kills RSS feeds

    It's a double edged sword in a way. Unless you incorporate ads into the feeds that all RSS readers display correctly, they can be a revenue loser. A lot of people will stick to the RSS feeds and not visited the corresponding site as often, thus decreasing ad revenue. But some will say that they are more likely to visit if they see something interesting on the feed - but in reality, my experience is that it doesn't happen that way.


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    Re: ESPN kills RSS feeds

    Sure, come back with some reality to my moaning. I nearly always visit the site for more info, but apparently that's not how it works in most instances.

    Of course since my post, the feed is again populated with stories rather than pointing just to their widgets.



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    Re: ESPN kills RSS feeds

    I read plenty of sites in my reader that have ads built in to the feed.

    The other thing is they only put a paragraph or two in the article... Then you have to click to see the rest.. granted, you may never click though.



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    Re: ESPN kills RSS feeds

    It's all about content, IMO.

    If you've got good content, RSS feeds will just allow people to find it easier.

    If you've got a lot of "glitz" but no "guts", it will expose you for what you are.

    RSS feeds basically just do what headlines of the past used to. Grab you and pull you in.

    I come to CF a LOT based on threads I see show up in the RSS feed that I wouldn't go digging for on my own if I was busy.

    And I've found myself reading sites I didn't used to, like "Wired", because I can find things that interest me now without having to wade through the whole site to find what's changed.

    The only reason I ever read an article on ESPN.com was because it showed up in the RSS feed. The website is so hard to find anything on that I simply never went. And I will simply never go now.

    And nothing of significance will be lost.


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    Re: ESPN kills RSS feeds

    Right on jumbo.... If I ever come across even one article that is interesting on a site i usually just subscribe to their feed... then I can monitor for another interesting article later.



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