Odeo is Hijacking Feeds! (Not anymore See the Update)

Update: Situation looks to be resolved be sure to read this response from ODEO they say it was a mistake, and I am surprised more beta testers did not call them out on this. Are people so immune these days that they will just let companies do what they please with their RSS feeds. Obviously they went to General Quarters after I posted this, but I wonder if anyone had said anything, if they would have continuesd re-packaging everyones RSS feeds the way it was. I am still confused on the purpose of those odeo.com replicated RSS feeds. If I get a invite to the Beta I will take a closer look.

The article that started resulted in the change!

I had a beta tester that got a close look at Odeo send me some information. Apparently Odeo is taking all of the Podcast it has in it’s current directory and creating their own custom RSS feeds.

First of all this really wrong in a big way. Here is my normal podcasting feed. https://www.geeknewscentral.com/podcast.xml what Odeo is doing, so I am being told, is creating a custom feed http://odeo.com/channel/rss/411 that has the same content of my above referenced feed (maybe) what does this do. Well it is deception in the fact that they have Hijacked my feed without permission, and are in a sense re-directing it.

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Odeo is going to have to learn to play nice in a hurry, if this is indicative of what they are going to be doing, their are going to be a bunch of very pissed off people.

Odeo I am happy you listed my show in your directory, but I want you to point to my original RSS feed, “the one that I own and control”, and am responsible for. I don’t want possible listeners to this show that find me on your site to think somehow that I am a part of your network. I also don’t want you sticking in any advertising or collecting any metrics about my listeners. Plain an Simple.

Be a good citizen and point to everyones original feeds!

About geeknews

Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.

5 thoughts on “Odeo is Hijacking Feeds! (Not anymore See the Update)

  1. Deal with it. You are going to see more and more sites using these types of tactics to drive up their hits. It happens all the time with standard webpages and I’m actually suprised it’s taken this long to hit RSS feeds.

  2. My assumption would be that the exposure of the cast is what is important here.

    What would make the url rewrite acceptable?

    http://odeo.com/channel/rss/www.geeknewscentral.com/podcast.xml or some other method that would at least allow an original location markup or something?

    Isn’t this similar to what feedburner does? I can access my feed there at http://feeds.feedburner.com/CtypeyourbrainMybrain (and directly from my sites rss feed). Content is still provided by me via them…

    The problem that I would have is if 1) my content was modified in any way, shape or form or 2) their advertisting was overlaid on my feed.

    Just my .02.



  3. Hey, the linking to the wrong url for the podcasts was an oversight not an attempt to be evil and hijack people’s podcast feeds. It’s been fixed already.

    Please read what i wrote about it on my blog.

    And check out the odeo terms of service which talks about what we will and won’t do with your content.


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