Monday, November 16, 2009

Can RSS feeds be tracked like websites visited?

What can System Admins see from RSS feeds and how do RSS feeds affect internet traffic?

Can RSS feeds be tracked like websites visited?
anything that goes through the proxy will be visible. question you want to ask youself is "will they bother looking?" if this is a workplace there is going to be so much traffic that it will be hard to find. you run a bigger risk of your RSS aggregator bumping up against the proxy with a wrong password (this assumes a windows domain where the network password also gets you access to the internet and the password has to change every 90 days)...when you change your network password, failed authentication will come from the RSS aggregator and the network team will find out.

RSS feeds impact bandwidth because you will be using work bandwidth for personal reasons. bandwidth is a commoditity and engineering teams decide how much bandwidth is necessary based on work requirements rather than personal use requirements.
Reply:Measuring and tracking RSS while a fairly simple concept, is really anything but. Unlike websites, RSS have the added caveat of potential syndication, making accurate tracking a challenge to anyone but the extremely tech savvy. It is not unrealistic for marketers to want to know how many subscribers they have, which items in their feeds attract the most interest, or how many click-throughs are generated as a result of an RSS feed.There are a number of 3rd party providers who focus on tracking the consumption of RSS feeds. Some solutions are rudimentary but likely sufficient for a small business testing the waters with RSS. Other RSS tracking solutions are more complex and while they can come close to being accurate, with syndication there is no solution that tracks with 100% accuracy.
Reply:Data is transmitted via TCP/IP, and server admins can see the IP addresses that requested this data.

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