From the "strange minds think alike" series...

Two days ago I unsubscribed from Chris Pirillo's blog because I was tired of reading a 6 word teaser to a story that didn't tell me if I'd really be interested.

Today, Scoble says:

I'm unsubscribing from Chris Pirillo's and any other feed that isn't full text. I'm tired of reading feeds that treat me badly. I have more than 1,300 full text feeds. There's one or two exceptions. The New York Times. CNET. Slashdot. But, sorry, Chris, I'll visit your site once in a while or whenever one of the bloggers that I read tells me you've written something interesting (which is quite often).

Well, then... Me too. Except for the 1,300 part.

Update: It turns out that the auto-discovery links in my entry pages pointed to the old crappy feed while the links on my main blog page pointed to the spiffy full-text one. I've fixed that. Now they all point to my full-text feed. Sorry 'bout that!

Posted by jzawodn at May 26, 2005 12:17 PM

Reader Comments
# IIR said:

It actually looks like Chris caved in this morning and started posting full text to his feed.

on May 26, 2005 01:11 PM
# Andrew Wooster said:

Any chance of a full text feed on your blog then?

on May 26, 2005 01:25 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

I've had one for YEARS.


on May 26, 2005 01:44 PM
# Mike said:

Really silly reason to unsubscribe, IMO. I prefer full text feeds, but if it's partial it won't make me unsubscribe.

on May 26, 2005 01:45 PM
# mrchester said:

simply scrape the page if you don't like the partial text ads.

still pisses you off having to do all that, but its a reasonable option.

(and how can somebody possibly maintain 1300 feeds?)

on May 26, 2005 02:05 PM
# Hashim said:

so the real issue is giving you enough to know if you're interested, right? Maybe his headings and topic sentences need to be better, and he can still publish a partial feed.

Jeremy, I thought you prefer reading only headings in your feed reader anyway. I thought I read that in your blog one time

on May 26, 2005 02:06 PM
# Dossy Shiobara said:

Good god! You have a full-text feed? I've been bitching about "how can Jeremy be so lame as to only offer a partial-text feed ... of all people!"

Hint: your blog template only lists the following as RSS for your blog:

You should fix that.

on May 26, 2005 02:22 PM
# Cap'n Ken said:

I liken your reaction to a blog that wants to control your actions (i.e. you must click through a teaser) to my reaction to a television network that wants to mess with my desire to TiVo their programming by starting early, finishing late, etc.

I don't care how good a show is. If the network wants to treat me poorly, I will simply stop watching.

on May 26, 2005 02:31 PM
# Andrew Wooster said:

Like Dossy, NetNewsWire I've been using:

which is summaries only. It looks like individual entries list the above, while the home page lists full text versions.

on May 26, 2005 03:29 PM
# Andrew Wooster said:

er, that should be "in NetNewsWire I've been using".

on May 26, 2005 03:30 PM
# Victor said:

I am totally with you on this. I hate partial feeds.

on May 26, 2005 04:30 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Bug fixed. Now the auto-discovery tags on my posts *and* the home page point to the full feed.

Sorry 'bout that. I can't *believe* nobody noticed until now.

on May 26, 2005 06:28 PM
# Matthias said:

"Look at me! Look at me! I unsubscribed from a feed!"


on May 27, 2005 01:46 AM
# Ben said:

Hi Jeremy, I'm subscribed to your short-form RSS feed too... and still am because although you've changed your autodiscovery links, you havn't updated your old feeds to redirect to the "full text" ones.

As such, my newsreader is still fetching the short-form feed. Perhaps you could you do a "301 permanent redirect" or XML redirect on your old feeds - then newsreaders would update their source URL's automatically and start grabbing the better feed.

(XML redirect looks like this:


on May 27, 2005 04:19 AM
# Dossy Shiobara said:

Wow ... I have the strange desire to buy male enhancement drugs now!

(In case Jeremy deletes the comment and what I just wrote becomes a horrible non sequiteur -- someone just drug spammed this entry, right above my comment.)

on June 2, 2005 05:06 PM
# V said:

I agree. Full feeds are really helpful. I am trying to publish full feeds on my blog, but had least success. Could you help me in publishing full feeds?

- V

on December 7, 2008 01:25 PM
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. My current, past, or previous employers are not responsible for what I write here, the comments left by others, or the photos I may share. If you have questions, please contact me. Also, I am not a journalist or reporter. Don't "pitch" me.


Privacy: I do not share or publish the email addresses or IP addresses of anyone posting a comment here without consent. However, I do reserve the right to remove comments that are spammy, off-topic, or otherwise unsuitable based on my comment policy. In a few cases, I may leave spammy comments but remove any URLs they contain.