Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
Insomnia
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on building a better RSS feed...

So, as you probably have all witnessed, I have been a bit upset with the quality of LiveJournal's RSS feeds lately. However, markpasc and deus_x have found ways around this problem by creating custom styles. Admittedly, this solution only works for paid users right now, but it's a start...

I've added a link to my LiveJournal page that looks like this:



If you are a paid user who would like an RSS feed that actually syndicates your entire journal, all you need to do to create a better feed for your journal is to go to edit style and copy the following text into an appropriate place on your LASTN_PAGE window :

<a href="http://www.livejournal.com/customview.cgi?username=username&styleid=90448"><img
border="0" src="http://www.livejournal.com/img/xml.gif"></a>


Be sure to replace the text that says username with your username and you're set.

So, what does that do for you?! Well, it lets anyone else out there with an RSS newsreader read what you have to say. There are lots of newsreaders out there, and their use is growing rapidly. Also, as soon as other LiveJournal Server sites such as ujournal.org or deadjournal.com update their software, they will also be able to add syndicated feeds, which will allow them to read you in their friends list, and visa versa.

Basically, having good RSS will allow all these different services and sites to exchange information, which means that rather than you having to visit dozens of websites every day, the information will flow to you. In other words, it's both technical *and* lazy! How convenient...
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