Friday, September 12, 2008

Technorati’s Problem with IE7’s Feed Reader

I have the IE7 and IE8 B2 feed reader set to capture updates to tags of interest to this blog’s readers, such as LINQ, Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services, ASP.NET Dynamic Data, etc. The Feeds feature works as expected for all sites except Technorati.

Update 9/13/2008 8:40 AM PDT: Technorati tag feeds no longer validate. See end of post.

The Technorati folks sent me the following tweet:

@rogerjenn: feeds validate. What's the issue? about 16 hours ago from web in reply to rogerjenn

Here’s the story: On or about 8/28/2008, I ceased receiving updates for these tags. When attempting to open the LINQ tag page, for example, I receive the following error message from IE7 under Vista SP1:

Here’s the less informative error message from IE8 B2 on a different machine under Vista SP1:

I agree that the Technorati feed validates, but I assume there are many folks using IE7’s Feed feature who might want it to work with Technorati tags. It probably would be a better customer service policy to test the the problem rather than respond with a curt “What’s the issue?” question. I’ve explained the issue in two previous messages to the Technorati tech service (?)group.

Update 9/13/2008 8:40 AM PDT: Technorati tag feeds no longer validate because they return 0 bytes:

Click here to run your own test with Technorati’s test URL: