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Getting the Word Out

Dare Obasanjo: At this point I'd like to note that HTTP provides two mechanisms for web servers to tell clients if a network resource has changed or not. The basics of this mechanism is explained in the blog post HTTP Conditional Get for RSS Hackers which provides a way to prevent clients such as news readers from repeatedly downloading a Web document if it hasn't been updated.

The functionality is clearly there in HTTP.  The word is clearly not getting out to everywhere it should be.

Todo:

I can't change the world, but these two actions I can take.


More on RSS bandwidth consumption

A few months back I wrote about RSS bandwidth consumption, and this subject is again in the news following Chad Dickerson's recent InfoWorld column about his love/hate relationship with RSS. Dickerson notes that desktop RSS readers which hit a feed...

Excerpt from Nick Bradbury at

In this day of RSS, the ones that really bug me are the services that will download your HTML and send mail to people when it changes.

I've had two of those show up recently, both without using any conditional GET logic. That's my bandwidth they're stealing...

I'd love to figure out a server-side solution; some way to blacklist people who download the same page (or image) over and over again without conditionals...

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Listen To Your Employees

As Dare notes, people need to be reminded of Conditional-GET and GZIP, with respect to RSS, periodically. It's come up again, and people are trying to get the word out again. I'm sort of stunned that Slashdot's CmdrTaco would say "RSS (or as it...

Excerpt from The 80/20 Solution at

Sam Ruby: Getting the Word Out

Sam Ruby: Getting the Word Out...

Excerpt from Jonas Galvez (english/portuguese)'s Bookmarks at

And I'd add that doing the right thing with 404, 410, and 301 codes should also be "SHOULD"s for both....

Excerpt from Archipelago at

Insistent simpleminded clients, what to do?  I sometime model them and once recognized I drop the connection if they ask too often.  "Are we there yet?"

Also let's have some exaggerated language usage: [link]

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Fixing InfoWorld's RSS growing pains

As InfoWorld's CTO, Chad Dickerson, posted here, InfoWorld has been noticing a lot of congestion at the top of the hour when thousands of RSS clients all hit our servers simultaneously to check for updated feeds. We've done a number...... [more]

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RSS y exceso de tráfico

Nick Bradbury, -el autor de Feeddemon- publica un post de obligada lectura para todo aquel a quien le preocupe el tráfico generado por los lectores RSS de tipo cliente. Aunque esto ya ha sido tema de debate, esta vez es a raíz de una columna...

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RSS and BitTorrent

Lately, there's been a lot of talk about RSS and the growing pains it's having.  The idea being that if a website ([link]) has a popular RSS feed ([link]...... [more]

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Fixing InfoWorld's RSS Growing Pains

As InfoWorld's CTO, Chad Dickerson, posted here, InfoWorld has been noticing a lot of congestion at the top of the hour when thousands of RSS clients all hit our servers simultaneously to check for updated feeds. We've done a number...... [more]

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