The Feed Icon

May 19, 2006

Ok, so I just did some quick research on the "Feed Icon" you know that little orange icon that appears throughout web sites today to indicate that some content is available as a "Feed". That research has turned up some pretty interesting stuff.

There is a Wikipedia entry for this feed and it is located @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Livemark.png

Essentially they are calling this a "Livemark" aka "Bookmark" only "Live".

Then if you go down further in the entry you will see that there is a web site devoted to this:

http://www.feedicons.com

Who would of thought that we needed a website (and a pretty "flashy" site at that) to govern the icons used to represent feeds.

If you dig even deeper into the entry you will notice that there is a link to an entry in the Microsoft Team RSS Blog which describes how in December of 2005, they decided to use the little orange icon to represent the live bookmarks in their upcoming release of IE 7. Isn't this great! This is exactly what we need. A standard. Woo hoo!!!!

To me this means progress.  It is this type of progress which will make technologies like RSS a success. 

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3 Responses to “The Feed Icon”

  1. mikull Says:

    can we have a round of applause? let me be the first to welcome Ron to the year 2006! /cheers/

  2. notronwest Says:

    Ok, not quite sure how I should take that one, but thanks. I think?

  3. mikull Says:

    lol- just messing with you man. ironically, this info swamped my rss feeds a couple of months ago- i thought it was somewhat common knowledge the icon became somewhat of a standard.


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