[LINK] Blog to stop large e-mail newsletters?
ivan.trundle at alia.org.au
Wed Sep 21 09:38:37 EST 2005
On 21/09/2005, at 8:58 AM, Tom Worthington wrote:
> At 07:18 PM 9/15/2005, Michael Still wrote:
>> Tom Worthington wrote:
>> > ... try subscribing to my Blog news feed <http://www.tomw.net.au/
>> > Perhaps one use for Blogs would be to replace those annoying
>> large HTML
>> > and PDF newsletters organizations send by e-mail. ...
>> ... You do need to remember that RSS is a hideous waste of
>> bandwidth ...
> Compared to the megabyte of PDF in a typical email newsletter, RSS
> is very compact. It is just some text with HTML markup with an
> extra XML wrapping.
True, but there are PDFs that can be made small (not that I'm
advocating their use here). And html markup can be made smaller. RSS
is, granted, mostly smaller still - but not always.
> This is efficient if the subscriber only reads a few of the
> articles in the RSS feed and so most of the linked images and
> documents are never loaded to the subscriber's browser.
Not in my RSS reader of choice, and the feeds that I choose to view.
Images are common, and are part of the content that I wish to view.
I'm not sure what the point is here - but there is no doubt that even
with no images to load (looking from a server perspective, and logs
of the servers that I maintain), RSS feeds consume vast amounts of
bandwidth in comparison.
Sure, an individual feed - read only once - can be lightweight, but
so can a web page.
But unlike a web browser reading a web page (ignoring those that can
read RSS for a moment), RSS readers hammer away at content, even with
most reader default preference settings.
The proof is in the log files.
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