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Footnotes That Work in RSS Readers

Feedbin is the RSS reader I’m using at the moment. I was reading one of Harry’s blog posts on it the other day, and I noticed a nice little interactive touch right inside Feedbin. There was a button-looking element with the number one which, as it turned out, was a footnote. I hovered over it, and it revealed the note. The HTML for the footnote on the blog post itself looks like this: ...they’d managed to place 27.9MB of images onto the Critical Path. Almost 30MB of previously non-render blocking assets had just been turned into blocking ones on...

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It’s Time for an RSS Revival

Brian Barrett: Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It’s time to head back to RSS. I’m an RSS reader lover, so I hate to admit it, but RSS ain’t going mainstream. It was too nerdy 20 years ago and it’s too nerdy now. RSS is still incredibly useful technology, but I can’t see it taking off alone. For RSS to take off, it needs some kind of abstraction. Like Flipboard, where you can get started reading stuff right away and feeding it RSS isn’t something you need to handle manually. Apple News is kinda like that. I’m a little love/hate with Apple News though. I like reading stuff in it, but I’ve stopped publishing in it because it became too much work to get right and have it look good. It’s like managing a second site, unlike RSS which just brainlessly works when your CMS supports it. A little-known feature of Apple News was that it used to be able to function as an RSS reader, but they removed that a couple of years ago. Boooooo. Podcasts have the right abstraction. People listen through apps that combine discoverability (or at least searchability) with the place you actually subscribe and listen. Ironically, RSS-based. Digg has been a bit like Flipboard or Apple News: a combination of a very nice RSS reader but also curated content. They’ve just nuked their reader seemingly...

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