Google Reader Team – Please Implement Authenticated RSS

February 25, 2009

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More and more these days I attempt to configure some of my “private” feeds and I get prompted for a username and password.   The reason behind this is that services want you to be authenticated to see this data.   They are protecting privacy at the cost of functionality.   I don’t disagree with this, and I think more services should honestly do this.  The problem is when you add it to your RSS reader you can’t do anything with it.   I’ll rephrase, if you put it into a RSS client, the client has to support authenticated RSS.

Google Reader, which is my RSS reader of choice.  Google Reader does not have a method for using authenticated RSS.  Please Google Reader Team, can we get this functionality?  One thing I would suggest though if you manage to fulfill this wish from me – disable sharing and emailing on these feeds.   The feeds are authenticated for a reason, by making users take a bit more effort by using copy and paste – this would help alot to implement data leakage.   Plus Google, think of all the information you could gather that you would normally be authenticated to get – it’s trade from me to you.

4 thoughts on “Google Reader Team – Please Implement Authenticated RSS

  1. Dear Google Reader team, please don't implement authenticated feeds. We don't want you spidering our content. Despite creeva's offer to sneak you in, your advertisers have no right to get to our users. Why yes, we do know about robots.txt, but that's why we will keep our content on our site under its protection, thanks.

    Much Love,

    The people who put passwords up to keep their feeds from being indexed.

  2. Wouldn't you need to give reader (or more appropriately someone you trust that might use google reader) your password in the first place? There are a few places where I have created content and would like to get it out, but I can't due to the RSS feed being password protected.

    If google reader allowed you to enter in a username and password, it wouldn't necessarily allow google to spider your content unless someone broke your ring of trust and put in there.

    It's ok for other third party to aggregators that do support it, then strip out the feed and republish it to google reader, but it's not ok for google reader to do this directly?

    If I have a username and password to get at your content in one manner, I can repurpose it to roogle reader anytime I want – I'm just trying to save myself a couple interim steps – thank you for stopping by.

    Much love,

    The author and one of the people that just wants his own content to be to use how he likes.

  3. Dear Google Reader team, please don't implement authenticated feeds. We don't want you spidering our content. Despite creeva's offer to sneak you in, your advertisers have no right to get to our users. Why yes, we do know about robots.txt, but that's why we will keep our content on our site under its protection, thanks.

    Much Love,

    The people who put passwords up to keep their feeds from being indexed.

  4. Wouldn't you need to give reader (or more appropriately someone you trust that might use google reader) your password in the first place? There are a few places where I have created content and would like to get it out, but I can't due to the RSS feed being password protected.

    If google reader allowed you to enter in a username and password, it wouldn't necessarily allow google to spider your content unless someone broke your ring of trust and put in there.

    It's ok for other third party to aggregators that do support it, then strip out the feed and republish it to google reader, but it's not ok for google reader to do this directly?

    If I have a username and password to get at your content in one manner, I can repurpose it to roogle reader anytime I want – I'm just trying to save myself a couple interim steps – thank you for stopping by.

    Much love,

    The author and one of the people that just wants his own content to be to use how he likes.

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