By Paul Festa
“As Web logs gain in popularity, critics warn that they are increasingly becoming the Internet’s new bandwidth hog.
The issue has been in the spotlight for much of this month, following a decision by Microsoft to abbreviate developer blogs both on its Web site and in syndication, citing a bandwidth crunch. The Redmond, Wash., software giant stopped delivering the full text of postings on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) to blog subscribers, requiring them instead to follow a link to read the postings in their entirety. Facing a clamor of criticism from its own developers, Microsoft on Tuesday backtracked on that decision.”
– Microsoft is wrong to go back to full text RSS feeds. Why? Because they are missing an income generating opportunity. Bandwidth does cost money and generating a full text blog of the length Microsoft is talking about consumes that bandwidth. So, what do you do? You send out partial text feeds and let the subscriber visit your site where you have advertising and other income generating opportunities to pay for the bandwidth. Problem solved. By bending to pressure Microsoft is making a mistake and I expect to see this one overturned. -ed.