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.