Paywalled Times Of London Has Killed Its RSS

The removal of one of the best ways to browse for news off-site illustrates a strategy that is all about the publisher and little about the reader.

On a recent review of a story behind the paywalled Times of London, we were a little concerned to to discover that all RSS news feeds have stopped working since June 15. RSS is one of the key ways that people monitor news and updates – whether they realize it or not.

As an online publisher, we believe that producers should try to monetize their content any way they can – but the more we look into the Times strategy, it seems to have regressed back to the mid 90s when ‘walled gardens’ was all the talk.

Sure, the Times offers users personalized news in an email newsletter and there’s a way of getting updates when you return to the site – but the removal of one of the best ways to browse for news off-site illustrates a strategy that is all about the publisher and little about the reader.

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