[uf-discuss] 1-click subscription with Microformats

Joshua Kinberg jkinberg at gmail.com
Fri Feb 3 12:04:10 PST 2006

Not sure if this is entirely relevant here, but wanted to let people
know that we recently launched a 1-click subscription mechanism for
FireAnt that I believe may be the first such attempt to consider
< http://microformats.org/wiki/xoxo-brainstorming#Subscription_information >

Bloggers can easily embed a FireAnt subscription button into their
site by copying the code from: < http://FireAnt.tv/buttonmaker >

This code includes a link with the original RSS URL in the href
attribute along with rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" and an
onclick javascript handler to popup a small window at the following

http://FireAnt.tv/subscribe?rss_url=[RSS URL]

This popup includes a short explanation of subscription, a link to
download FireAnt if the user doesn't already have it, and a link that
will launch FireAnt and auto-subscribe to the RSS feed passed through
the GET query (so its really a 2-click process). The original RSS URL
is also included at the bottom of this window so as to be
interoperable with other aggregators.

An example of this in action can be found on the sidebar of my blog:
< http://joshkinberg.com/blog >

I know this isn't a universal subscription method and doesn't solve
the problem of having multiple subscription chicklets for various RSS
aggregators... That's not really the problem we were trying to solve
though. However, I do think its a nice step in the direction of

Any feedback is appreciated.



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