Differences in #indieweb readers using microformats or RSS as your feed source

Differences in #indieweb readers using microformats or RSS as your feed source

I’m currently using a beta of Aperture as my microsub endpoint and it’s working very well. I can point two Indieweb readers, Together (web) and Indigenous (Android), at it and see posts. This also gives me the power to like, reply, and re-post any of those too – Syndicating them to my blog and to Twitter if I want.

One thing I did notice was how those articles were appearing, depending on if I used the microformats or RSS feed. Here’s what a single post (syndicated Instagram photo) looked like using RSS, and then microformats.

my post with RSS
Post using RSS feed
Post using microformats feed
Post using microformats feed

For the microformats feed the image, date posted, and who posted it are all missing.

I first noticed this from Jeremy Keith‘s feed who had photos being pulled through but not the details of the author. This got a little confusing as I was scrolling through the feeds and not seeing who some posts were coming from.

screenshot of Adactio's post
Adactio’s feed has photo’s but not who posted it.

I’m assuming this comes about as we all mark-up our content in different ways. Especially if we use services to syndicate from Twitter and Instagram.

I’ll have to start looking at the consistency of my own mark-up, but in the mean time I’m going to switch to RSS for everything in Aperture.

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3 Replies to “Differences in #indieweb readers using microformats or RSS as your feed source”

  1. I have run into your problem, but as Aaron said, non-Wordpress mf2 are often the best available. I try an mf2 feed if it exists. If it turns out looking badly, I’ll switch to the RSS, but I have so many mf2 feeds that DO look good, that I keep that as my default. I also prefer JSON Feed to RSS as that seems to look better as well.

  2. This is definitely a problem with the current state of WordPress microformats support. You might notice that your Microformats example was a wordpress site. I’ve found that non-wordpress sites look way better when following a Microformats feed because you get all the additional properties like multiple photos and checkins. We’re working on ways to fix this for WordPress to make it more consistent.

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