FeedCycle is a web service that manages serialised web feeds. A serialised RSS web feed enables a subscriber to receive, perhaps on a daily basis, sequential episodes from within a series of episodes. The subscriber always starts at the beginning regardless when they start their subscription.
For e.g. Alex - who subscribes to a feed on the 1st of December. On the 1st he will receive content for day 1, on the 2nd of December he will receive content for day 2.
By the 3rd of December he has told a friend, Brenda, about the feed. She comes along and also subscribes (using her conventional web feed reader). As she has just subscribed, she will receive content for day 1 on the 3rd of December, while Alex is now onto day 3.
Where as —”Cyclic web feeds are not for current news or "fresh" content. They can though be used to "replay" existing content. For example if you have previously published a 10 episode podcast - that tells a story from start to finish - you can create a cyclic web feed and ensure that your subscribers always start from the beginning. This gets around the problem of people coming to your site once everything is published and jumping around because it is all there to see.”
In short —FeedCycle enables you, the publisher, to create, publish & manage cyclic, or serialised, web feeds using the RSS feed format. You can have as many subscribers as you like and they can all be at different stages of the cycle. From a technical perspective, it is still RSS and conventional RSS web feed reader software and tools can be used to subscribe to these feeds.
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