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August 10th, 2008

The image associated with this post is best viewed using a browser.

Boy, this Ping will have a small audience.

A few weeks ago I started noticing that my Consumerist RSS feed wasn’t showing all images for all posts. Some? Sure. Others? I get this message: “The image associated with this post is best viewed using a browser.”

If you check out the actual entry, you’ll see nothing special about the image. It’s just a JPG or GIF or PNG or what-have-you. So why is this happening?

I haven’t discovered the exact reason yet. It’s definitely coming from the feed, though, and not from my RSS reader. The conspiracy theorist in me says it’s a cheap way for AOL (who owns Consumerist) to get people to view ads on the resulting page. There’s no technical reason I can think of for doing this.

Ironically, Consumerist is the type of blog that would deal with an issue like this. Opps.

Posted in Technology

Ryan August 11, 2008, 1:47 am

I’ve noticed that as well and just figured it was used for particularly large images. If they’re using it to suck people into their advertising, that’s really lame.

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