Guardian vs Sunday Times RSS catfight

You know RSS has arrived when the UK’s Sunday Times starts talking about it. But The Guardian’s digital director, Simon Walden rightly points out that both The Sunday Times and The Times, don’t have RSS feeds. Then again, counters dotJournalism, nor does The Guardian’s Media section.

Of course, if you require registration to your online site, it does make having an RSS feed rather difficult. Some publications, such as BusinessWeek, get around this by having some content outside the gate, and the rest inside.

  • Morgan,
    Mr. Waldman may have been emboldened by the fact that — so far as we know — the Guardian has become the first UK media owner to offer its online readers a downloadable RSS reader.
    The newsreader, from US start-up Consenda, apparently comes pre-loaded with Guardian news feeds — and modestly sprinkled with advertising, from which we presume the Guardian will take a cut.
    If this correct. . . the question of how rival publishers will feel about the Guardian turning a buck off their copy (as it is subsequently aggregated by users) looks like an interesting one.
    NB: Consenda is reportedly working with the Los Angeles Times to develop a newsreader for classified ads, which *could* be interesting.
    (Link via Rafat Ali’s Paid Content)
    Peter Kirwan
    Co-Founder, Full Run Ltd
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  • Thanks Peter – this is interesting, especially in the light of CNET’s new reader. I think this merits further investigation as publishers look to commercialize RSS.