November 30 for most web standard-istas represents Blue Beanie Day, a showing of support to web standards. In recognition of this day my Twitter profile photo has been updated to show my support. Standards FTW!

A week or so ago my phone started buzzing with notifications from Twitter. I had a whole bunch of new followers (almost all from Turkey) and a tweet that was favourited quite a few times. I didn’t realise till I saw a tweet this evening as to why:

Translating to English it basically reads that that my tweet was the first mention of Galatasaray on Twitter. Nice!

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The previous version of Scripting News toyed with the idea of having title-less feeds, but resulted in a view like below in NextGen Reader.

Scripting News - No Titles

Recently however, Dave updated his software (i.e. his weblog) and along with it titles came back into play. You can see this in the first post in the screenshot below, makes quite a difference doesn’t it? Fact is that most feed readers area geared to work with a title accompanying the post albeit such a requirement isn’t mandated by the spec.

Scripting News - With Titles

Whilst RSS without titles are a great idea if you post multiple updates per day, but with the lack of tooling to support it, it leaves the user experience for the readers in a less enviable position. Then again, is it much different to how Twitter works? What if we were allowed to import our OPML lists into Twitter and have items come through as they were posted?

If you have a Windows 8 tablet or laptop you'll be familiar with the Reading List bookmark app from Microsoft. Whilst great as it is, we have a native application used to save web based resources, yet not have any web way of retrieving that same data! 

I've submitted a request to Microsoft via its UserVoice feedback system to allow for an open API access to the Reading List service, thus enabling the community to build additional methods of accessing said bookmarks.

Vote up if you think it's a good idea!