Beware the all-seeing RSS Feed…

While I love RSS feeds and they’ve fundamentally changed how I consume information there’s one issue I run into all the time which is not being able to go back and fix a mistake etc. I often find that I publish a post and then notice a formatting issue or a typo I and go back and fix it but I can’t update the post that goes out in the RSS feed.

But along the way I’ve never seen anything quite like the item I came across in my feedreader this evening from the WebWorkerDaily.com blog:


The image is kind of small so for those who can’t read it, it says:

DUDE WE ALREADY DID THIS. MAYBE YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT THE ARCHIVES TO NOT BE REPETITIVE.

Yikes.

Someone clearly deleted the blog entry as the link takes you to this message:

But at the end of the day it’s still out there, and probably many of their loyal readers will see it as I’m going to guess the vast majority of us get their feed rather than visit the site.

So, I guess lesson to everyone: Beware the all-seeing RSS feed.

  • Pat

    Yep, I’ve run into this problem before too. It would be nice feature of a blogging system if there were a 15 minute delay between publishing to the site and publishing to the feed.

  • Ryan

    Or even a “Publish to Feed” option in blogging packages.

    I don’t know enough about the standard to know if there’s an easy way to push and “UPDATED:” type post out through the feed.