I just received this email from a well-known purveyor of spyware who is seeking to enter the world of RSS:
“We are interested in any co-distribution and/or co-marketing opportunities with FeedDemon. I represent [company name omitted since I don’t need the legal hassle], a free content and application network that represents a current user base of 30 million plus subscribers. Should we explore a possible syndication opportunity, this would possibly gain exposure of your application to our user network. If you are interested in discussing further, if you could please contact me offline, I would be happy to chat more about this with you in detail.”
I immediately replied that I wasn’t interested in doing business with them, but I’m sure I’m not the only one they’ve contacted. If you’re involved in developing an RSS reader, be sure to research any company seeking to do business with you before replying to their request. The last thing RSS needs is affiliation with spyware.