IMPORTANT UPDATE, June 24, 2003: Even more BBC RSS feeds have been released. See how to access them.
IMPORTANT UPDATE, Sept. 9: I've been told many of these feeds will not work for much longer. I've bolded the feeds that will remain working. (The rest of the original blog entry will remain untouched for posterity's sake.)
Via Danny O'Brien: The BBC News site is offering a beta version of official RSS feeds, which syndicate headlines and short descriptions of stories. (Here's the BBC's announcement, which says "XML and RSS feeds will be available over the coming months.") Other blogs named four of the feeds, but I did some digging and found a slew of others:
- United Kingdom
- Northern Ireland
- United States
- Middle East
- South Asia
This is a smart move on the BBC's part. It means increased traffic and increased visibility for news.bbc.co.uk, because users are able to syndicate BBC headlines to their own sites and read syndicated content via an RSS reader. (Here's more RSS info.) Yes, it was possible to manually create an RSS feed from that site before, but having an official feed is significantly less troublesome. It's always refreshing to witness a news site that has a clue, technologically.