When I moved sooz.com over to WordPress from Movable Type I decided to only show summaries in the RSS feed instead of full text. My reasoning for this is because I preferred someone to view the full entry at it’s archived location on my website. There are websites such as Frassle that republish a website’s content based on its RSS feed and also include a commenting system for each republished item. I like Frassle and think that overall, it’s rather revolutionary, but I do not like the way it handles republishing someone else’s content. If I had a say in the matter, I’d want web-based aggregators that republish a site’s content to use a summary RSS feed and stand-alone applications such as News Fire or NetNewsWire could use the full text RSS feed. Presently there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to facilitate this request.
Right now there isn’t a lot to the aesthetics of sooz.com while it’s using one of the WordPress design templates, but there is certainly more to this site than the content you’ll see in the RSS feed. Check out the sidebar on the right to see what I mean.
Interestingly enough, after writing up this entry I checked in on sooz.com’s republished content on Frassle and it looks like Frassle stopped republishing it on March 29, 2005. Are they no longer republishing weblogs? Maybe Shimon (Frassle co-developer) can shed some light. If they’ve changed their policy then this entry may no longer apply to them. :)