Over at Lifehacker last week I saw an article about an online service called WizardRSS that could take a partial/truncated RSS feed and turn it into the full thing. When you read news on a mobile device like I typically do having a full RSS feed can make reading news that much more enjoyable.
I’ve seen other services like this before, but for the most part I’ve turned Yahoo Pipes to create these full RSS feeds for me. For example, MacRumors.com uses a partial RSS feed and is a site I almost always test these kind of services with. This is the WizardRSS version of the MacRumors feed which is essentially perfect. I also tested this out on CNN’s Top Stories feed as well as Yahoo’s Top Stories feed, both of which turned out very good results. The only bummer was that for some of the feeds it doesn’t seem to grab associated images if they aren’t inline with the article, but at least you get the full content.
As I mentioned earlier there is always the option to use Yahoo Pipes if WizardRSS doesn’t work. The only downside is that it can take a little time to get it fetching the content correctly, but if the site is popular enough you can probably search to find someone else that has already got a working version of the full RSS feed. For example, here is a pipe that someone made for the full MacRumors RSS feed. You can also use that as a basis for your own pipe since they can easily be cloned and modified, but you’ll still have to modify it on a site-by-site basis.
In general I think that full-text RSS feeds are becoming increasingly more important. That way I can download my RSS feeds to my mobile device before walking out the door, and then I don’t have to be so reliant on the quality of my Internet connection when I’m on-the-go. WizardRSS makes setting up those full-text RSS feeds pretty easy, but keep in mind that it won’t necessarily work with all sites.