The Dead One (tdo_ie) wrote in suggestions,
The Dead One

Flag "Friends Only" Posts in RSS feeds

Flag "Friends Only" Posts in RSS feeds

Short, concise description of the idea
RSS feeds do not include any "Friends Only" posts. It would be nice to have a item in the feed saying there is a private post.

Full description of the idea
I use a RSS reader to keep up to date with loads of blogs including all my LJ friends blogs. However I often completely miss posts from friends because they are "friends only" and there is no item to indicate their existence in the RSS feed. It's only when I occasionally check my Friends page that I see there was Friend only posts.

It would be useful to have an item or flag in the RSS feed saying there is a private entry so that I can be notified without visiting my friends page and go directly to the post to read it on LJ.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Users of RSS readers can see that an LJ user has posted an "Friends only" post

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • There may be some privacy concerns that readers who are not friends know there is private posts on your blog.

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • The item in the RSS feed for private posts should have a title something like "Private Entry" so that the title is obfuscated.
    The body of the item should give a message explaining that this is a private entry and you must visit the site to read it.
    It should link directly to the post so that users can keep track of private posts they have read and haven't.
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