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Why does this website exist?

About Feeds is a free site from Matt Webb. I made this site because using web feeds for the first time is hard, and that limits the number of people who use feeds. But it’s good when web feeds are popular, because

No-one owns web feeds, so there’s no-one harvesting all the personal data and profiting off it, or collecting email addresses to spam later. Subscribing is opt-in, so it’s spam proof. And that’s great.

But the lack of ownership is also a problem. Because no-one owns web feeds, it’s no-one’s responsibility to ensure a great user experience. In particular, I feel that web feeds are not friendly for new users. I wrote about some of my problems with RSS here.

My hope is that About Feeds can become the default “Help! What is this?” link next to every web feed icon on the web.