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Old 06-28-2005, 01:18 PM   #1
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Default Automated news feeds for HTML sites

Phil Shaw, the guy whose CodeStyle site tracks which fonts are available on which platform (so you can hope to spec fonts on your web site that your visitors will actually see) has a new venture …

Metacentric, a service that provides automated news feeds from any ordinary web site to help keep your visitors coming back.

Shaw points out that Safari in Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) includes a built-in RSS (news feed) reader and that Microsoft will include one in MSIE 7 when it comes out this summer. What he proposes to provide, for a fee, is a way that you or I can easily produce feeds for these readers. You do not need to have your own database, scripts, or other systems on your server.

For up to 500 service requests per day, the charge is £21/month (via PayPal or bank transfer); up to 4000 (top of the scale), £99/month.

I have no idea how difficult (or expensive) it is to achieve this otherwise, so cannot say how valuable this service might be, but thought I would pass it along just in case.

Anyone know whether it’s a good deal? It does seem as if RSS is much more common today than even a few months ago.

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