Easily Convert Truncated Feeds with this Web App

Truncated RSS feeds are a touchy subject. For those of us who do most of our reading in a feed reader, truncated feeds are a nuisance, an obstacle to a better reading experience.

Publishers don't truncate their feeds purely to hinder the reading experience, though; many have valid and justifiable reasons for doing so. Like it or not, pageviews are still the metric that drives the web. Even so, a subpar reading experience is a subpar reading experience, so it's understandable that readers take steps to optimize their experience.

That said, here's my disclaimer: if you subscribe to a publisher's feed, that means they're providing some value to you. As a reader, it's important to reward that publisher for their hard work. The easiest way to do that is with a pageview. For instance, if you read in a feed reader, open articles you find particularly valuable in a browser tab; the process often involves nothing more than tapping your v key. (And if you're a publisher, consider not resorting to partial feeds in the first place.)

Now that we've covered that, let's move on. As I said, partial feeds are annoying. FullTextRSSFeed fixes them, turning partial feeds into full articles, and it's extremely easy to use.

First, find and copy the RSS feed you want to convert. Head over the FullText site, plug in the feed you just copied, and press enter to convert. Now copy the resulting feed address at the top of the page.

Now just plug that into your feed reader of choice, and this:

becomes this:

There are other options available, like FeedsAPI, so you've got a couple of options. Either way, your feed reading experience should now be a bit more pleasant... just be conscious of the tradeoff you're making and reward publishers when they earn it.