AP RSS feed mystery solved

AP RSS feed mystery solved: From a comment by AP’s Jim Kennedy on Jeff Jarvis’ blog and an e-mail from Rafat Ali, I’ve learned the following answer to why my feeds from AP aren’t working:

..the AP RSS feeds are alive and well and available for download from the corporate site (www.ap.org). What was disabled was a “generic” version of the feeds, where the underlying stories appeared on an AP-branded page. We elected to continue the RSS program, but deliver the traffic to members that use the AP Web news service.

So, when you grab a RSS feed from the corporate site, you will get a member-branded version of the report for the underlying stories. This has been the behavior for some time, but earlybirds who grabbed the feeds when they first were made available earlier this year may have gotten the generic url. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please return and re-up with the member versions.

Thanks for the info. Thanks also for the new feed. For some reason, my feed thinks I live in Cinncinati.

Note to others: If you change your RSS feed, right before changing them, use your feed to announce that to those who subscribe.

  • Kevin Newman

    “Note to others: If you change your RSS feed, right before changing them, use your feed to announce that to those who subscribe.”

    Yes, yes, yes. This seems so obvious, and would take about 60 seconds, but so many companies are clueless about communicating with their customers. Verizon Wireless once called me at work to let me know that i had forgotten to pay my phone bill and that it would be cut off in a few days (which is better than just cutting it off). I asked why they called me at work, and they told me it was the only number they had for me on file. Hello? What about the phone I pay you guys for? You don’t have that number on file?