New-RSS Feeds For Comment Threads

Today I’m thrilled to share that we’ve implemented an RSS feed for the comment thread on all articles that have live comment(s) on them. As of this morning, there are currently 7,665 comments live on 5,926 unique articles. [See Example]

What this means for the non-RSS savvy: People who comment on your articles can now subscribe to the RSS feed of the comments of the article that they are either engaged in the conversation or only want to lurk and watch the conversations taking place on a particular article. This helps them to be notified when there is a new comment on an article so they can read it or add to the discussion.

All together this means we’re supporting over 55,000+ RSS feeds (one for every author, one for every category and now one for every article with a comment). As a reminder to those who are hyper-RSS savvy, we do not allow RSS feeds to be syndicated on commercial websites.

Any questions?



Thanks for doing this, Chris. You are helping to take the mystique out of what exactly RSS is and making it become more mainstream. I, too, was confused about this new aspect of technology when I was first exposed to it last summer. Now I can’t live without it. This will be yet another way for people to access information in a way that is convenient for them.

Comment provided March 28, 2007 at 10:44 AM


George Lockett writes:

Hi Chris, this is great. It is yet another strand in a web of cross linking the content. You are doing a wonderful job and so creative. – George

Comment provided March 28, 2007 at 12:52 PM


Morgan writes:

Chris: I am new to RSS and would appreciate an explanation of how I can take advantage of this promotional avenue. I’m certain that there are others in the same boat as myself.

Comment provided March 30, 2007 at 4:12 AM




RSS for comment threads is not really designed to increase your promotional value but rather our making RSS available for this type of communication is designed to create a more engaged reader with you and your content.

There are two things you can do with RSS: 1) You can subscribe personally to RSS feeds with an RSS reader, the most popular being Google’s personalized home page that can import RSS feeds or 2) You can add RSS feeds that allow commercial use to be added to your website.

Before you try to use the ‘promotional avenue’ that is RSS, you should subscribe to some RSS feeds, such as your personal expert author RSS feed ( ) so that you can begin to imagine the possibilities.

Comment provided March 30, 2007 at 6:14 AM


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