September 12th, 2006

  • evan

lj rss module needs love

The Google reader team found that 2.5% of the feeds they crawl reference the LiveJournal RSS module. However, the HTML on the other end of that URL used as the XML namespace doesn't document all of the fields LJ provides -- a casual glance at someone's RSS feed revealed LJ is providing extra data like lj:security.

Updating this would be a nice project for anyone who's into reading source code or specs and being careful. (For example, is HTML allowed into the current music field on LJ? The RSS module ought to say one way or the other.)

Some prodding around on Google has revealed this is referenced in a book by O'Reilly so there's a decent amount of impact to be made for a small amount of work. I had started writing a version 2.0 but never finished it, so that'd be a good place to start.

(Note: I don't speak for SixApart, so maybe they already have someone working on this. I'll update this post if I hear either way.)


I'm not sure if this has been brought up before... I'm most certain it has....

But are there plans to, or has the idea of making it so you can post friends only comments ever come up?

For example, if I want to post a comment to a friend's entry... but I only want them to see it... and any reply they give to that comment only they and I can see it.

OR even "Circles" of people who are on a the list that you Specify? (like the filter you already have)

I think this would be an awesome and useful feature.
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