Skip to comments.Free Republic RSS feeds! (Firefox found them)
Posted on 09/19/2004 6:30:46 AM PDT by pcx99
People have been asking for a free republic RSS feed ( RSS FAQ ) for quite some time and while there isn't a traditional graphic there is a hidden meta tag which the new FireFox 1.0 browser discovered. Which means that if you're a newsfeed user you can finally subscribe directly to the free republic forums here:
I guess I should also mention that you need to be on the news summary page ( http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/browse?ao=1 ) to see the icon :) Many pages which offer RSS feeds offer them in a way firefox can see, not all, but some is better than none, just keep checking the status bar now and again and pretty soon you'll have a pretty impressive collection of newsfeeds :)
Am wondering how someone like Drudge fairs with all this. . .better? Or not. . .
Fortunately, no. RSS is updated on your schedule not free republic's. You can say how often you want to check for new material from 1 second to two weeks, free republic gets to decide how many new articles to send you, from 1 to 20 to every post since your last request. In Free Republic's case it appears to be the last 15 items to be posted. Unless you deliberately save an item RSS feeds aren't saved on your hard drive after you refresh everything.
So it's not really like mail at all in that the items are a lot more fleeting -- you most certainly will not get every post made on the free republic this way unless you go to extraordinary lengths to do so. But you can safely use this feed along with your other newsfeeds to have a consistant newsbrowsing environment that saves you from most forms of advertising until you actually want to go see the post.
I set up the free republic on my website feedreader (which is just a small personal page which the log files show as being blissfully ignored by the rest of the world) you're welcome to see how the feed actually would work in your browser and email. (Note the feed actually isn't refreshed until you hit the "up arrow" by the RSS graphic or if an hour has passed since the last update).
Heh I guess it would help to post the correct link for the example of RSS newsfeeds and how they behave.
Thanks for the info, Lucky you I'm choosing to ask since
(I think) I kind of I understood your post.
All FR postings or can you just choose certain key words?
If that's the case it sounds cool, but if it's all FR postings then maybe[pretty likey]I'm missing something, but that doesn't sound like it accomplishes anything except reproducing every FR link in my email box and filling it up too.
Yes, what you are saying is correct. My only point to those not familiar with this kind of thing was "Be judicious when you set this up,.." I'm still not sure if FR sends the notice for individual forums or just the last 15 posts. If for each forum then it could add up quickly, depending on how often you have chosen to make the check for new articles. I don't mean to knock the feeds or turn anyone away from a very useful tool, should have been more clear about that.
Bump to figure out later.
It works with Opera 7.54 for Linux as well.
Bip! Thanks! This is just what I have been looking for.
This works perfectly in the perfect Opera browser also.
bump for later
Got it, thanks!
Someone posted a link to a free RSS reader, anyone have a link for it or another good one?