Here’s my quick hack for the week. As a little diversion from nntp//rss, I thought I’d create a way to make it easier for people to subscribe to my RSS feed. There are various initiatives to make this process easier (e.g. Syndication Subscription Service, custom URI scheme), but I thought I’d take a different approach.
So, let me introduce to you quickSub – a quick (and some might say dirty!) way of making subscribing easier for your visitors. Just roll your mouse over the XML icon on my blog’s main page, and you’ll be instantly presented with a series of customized subscription links for popular aggregators. Click on one, and, voila – you’re subscribed. No dependencies on particular browsers, and no need to introduce a custom URI scheme (and the handlers to support that). Not that I’m saying those approaches are bad, just that this is something you can use today, until a better solution comes along.
I’m very open to feedback – any suggestions, enhancements, comments, whatever – post a message on the quickSub forum. If you’re an aggregator writer and I’ve missed you off the list, just send me an email, and I’ll add you in the next version.