FeedPass Makes Money Passing Off RSS Content
There’s quite a lot of flak surrounding Feedpass, a new service that provides an RSS subscription page (landing page) where users can quickly subscribe to your RSS feed for a variety of News Readers.
Techcrunch was the most scathing with a post entitled “Feedpass Does Absolutely Nothing“. They were outraged with the fact that anyone can add their feed to Feedpass and make money off it.
I decided to take a contrarian approach and point out that anyone can do the same with Feedburner:
I don’t want to ruffle any feathers amongst my esteemed colleagues, but uh, can’t we basically do the same thing with FeedBurner?
I can (for example) take Dave Winer’s feed, convert it to Feedburner, add my Amazon ID, (yes it works) and voilà I got my own instant bank machine.
(Don’t worry Dave I won’t publish the link so please call off the law dawgs
Yes, it might be unethical and perhaps even illegal, but why all the confab over just Feedpass? Let’s keep our perspective boys and girls.
Sure, there are differences and I doubt if it was ever in Feedburner’s business plan. Nor am I accusing them of anything either. But the point is we can still make money off another’s feed if we wanted to and isn’t that the bottom line?
Instead of just attacking Feedpass, perhaps they have done us all a favour and opened up a much broader can of worms that needs to be looked at?
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