Enhanced Feeds liven up your feed

Blogs have a powerful feature called in RSS feeds that enables people to read and keep track of their favourite blogs easily in aggregators like Bloglines and Google Reader. RSS readers of your blog never have to wonder if it has been updated because their news reader will tell them within an hour or two whenever you make a post.

Up until now your feed has been fairly basic. All you got in most aggregators was the post title and the content. Simple to navigate and read, but it left you with so many questions. How do I add this post to del.icio.us? How do I Digg it and has it been Dugg already? I wonder how many comments have been left?

Wonder no longer. Today, your WordPress.com feed can be supercharged with the following fine feed widgets:

  1. Comment Count
  2. Categories
  3. Tags
  4. “Add to Del.icio.us” link
  5. “Digg it!” link
  6. “Stumble it!” link

Comment Count is turned on by default but you can switch all the features on or off as you please. This is what your blog will look like in a news reader with everything turned on.

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To activate these goodies, go into the “Reading Options” page (Options->Reading) of your blog and scroll down. You’ll see the following checkboxes where they can be switched on or off.

enhanced feed options

If you have any ideas for other feed bling we could add, let us know in the comments.


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  1. fundyreformed

    1 more thing, I checked and yes changing your feed options with WP will duplicate links on your feedburner feed. I had # of comments selected with Feedburner, and WP’s # of comments showed up as well. It is a cinch to deselect the Feedburner options which clash with WP however.

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  2. Guh

    we want full feed, but at the same time, we want nice appearance on our blog.

    The “read more” stuff, can we have it on our page without the feed becoming partial?

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  4. Nita

    Useful, particularly the comment count and categories. Thanks.

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  5. Maltesh Ashrit

    Aweesome Stuff !! :)

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  6. almostinfamous

    this is awesome for all the 7 people that read my blog.

    but one day, when i’m all rich and famous, this is gonna be the bee’s knees!

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  7. Chittaranjan

    Nice!

    Even though I don’t read my own feed (duh!) its good to know that the readers are getting so much more than just content! Add-it, Stumble-on and Digg-away readers……

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  8. Martin Doherty

    Nice one… well done all.

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  9. jeromebeta

    nice, thanks!

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  11. d.

    It looks very nice.

    Bur I can’t get the Digg function t work, att all.

    Any clues why?

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  12. Dolly Garlo

    Lots to learn. Thanks for the info!

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  13. Amarjeet Singh Rai

    But why are they images? These images cause a scrollbar at the bottom if there are too many tags. Change them to text, please.

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  14. fbcp

    Thanks, I will try to check it out. Probably will not be very good at it – I am such a clutz…

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  15. Cory Greenwell

    Is there anyway to edit the font of these links? It looks like the typeface on my first Apple IIe

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  16. Harshad Joshi

    Is it possible to provide a seperate RSS syndication just for user comments?

    I have observed that some of my readers have posted very good comments on some post(better then the post itself), it would be very nice to see the views of such people being available to more web audience..

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  17. moonbeammcqueen

    I turned all of this on yesterday, but I see no difference. Am I doing something wrong?

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  18. mms911

    These feed enhancements don’t work if the sydications feeds are configured to show just summary.

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  19. daybydayflips

    I’m with ya almostinfamous! Thanks for the great post!

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  20. C.T. Daniel

    how this stuff works?

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  21. Victor

    Cool, good stuff!

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  22. rjlight

    YES!

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  24. sugali

    w00t, just getting to know the basic and you guys keep coming with some more good stuff. Thank you

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  25. Susan

    I love that you guys are always improving. Thanks bunches! Any chance that we’ll be getting the RSS stats back again? I miss it as it made me feel so loved!

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  26. Cassandra

    Cool feature! Even though I don’t have very many readers, I always love to see 2.0 functionality expanded. Please, pretty please add a Twitter widget soon!

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  28. fajro

    Why only Digg, delicious and stumbleupon?

    You should add the Share-this plugin:

    http://sharethis.com/publisher?type=wpplugin

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  29. بهمن

    This is so great, really thanks guys ;)

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  30. بهمن

    I have two suggestion for you:

    1. Please add http://balatarin.com to our feeds?! http://balatarin.com is just like http://Digg.com for Persian language users.

    2. Please add a counter for our feeds in our widget of blog like the FeedBurner.com counter.
    And also please add a Feed Stat in pour dashboards like Blog Stat!

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  33. slimball2007

    Awsome Thnx WordPress

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  34. federico federici

    nice enhancements indeed… Thanks a lot…

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  35. that girl again

    OK, if you can’t use a less hideous font and colour could you please insert a CSS class in the images so I can hide them? Or if you absolutely can’t, make the .pngs transparent? There are some feeds I’m subscribed to through livejournal, and I don’t care for having my friends’ page defaced.

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  36. Anurag Bansal

    That is just awesome. I have been waiting impatiently for such a thing on wordpress.com.
    I appreciate it. But it will be also good, if Addthis or share this can be added in each post somehow. That builds more interaction with the reader.
    Thanks anyways…

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  37. ganeshabba

    Hard work

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  38. Sai

    Can we get the “Add to” for social bookmarking sites under the main posts too???

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  40. that girl again

    OK, if you can’t use a less hideous font and colour could you please insert a CSS class in the images so I can hide them? Or if you absolutely can’t, make the .pngs transparent? There are some feeds I’m subscribed to through livejournal, and I don’t care for having my friends’ page defaced.

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  41. lovehunk04

    Thanks i didnt knew it.

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  42. darvish

    I have posted two new posts since enabling the features, but they don’t show up. Am I doing something wrong?

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  43. wanderlust

    when are you bringing back feedstats?

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  44. Nature Gal

    The biggest bling that you could add to the feed would be feed stats. For blogs that have short content many people *only* read the feed. Right now we have no way of knowing how many of those there are.

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  45. insidesportsgeek

    Much love WordPress Team. Thank you

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  46. Tudor

    Wonderful service. Thought you’ll like to know, Word Press was nominated as an exemplary creative organization recently, in lectures forbusiness students. See

    http://leaderswedeserve.wordpress.com/category/creative-leadership/

    I explained my experiences and evidence of your energy, dedication, and the way you deal with outages.

    Best wishes for 2008

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  47. si22

    That is just awesome. I have been waiting impatiently for such a thing on wordpress.com.
    I appreciate it. But it will be also good, if Addthis or share this can be added in each post somehow. That builds more interaction with the reader.
    Thanks anyways…

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  48. Sankar

    This is really cool. Been waiting for a long time for such awesome features. :)

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  49. Miguel del Este

    Keep up the good work. I am looking forward to big things in 2008.

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  50. boosterseat

    Huzzah!

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  51. Muffin

    YAY!
    ~Adam

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  52. wordsplay

    thanks for all the good stuff, i agree with si22 that a “share this” or “send to” would be helpful as well

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  53. sillyzone

    great stuff ta.

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  54. soldier 12

    Thanks this will really help boost my hits.
    ~Soldier 12~

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