Newsfeed excerpts are a form of paywall

I’ve written in the past about my preference for newsfeeds to provide the full text of their posts rather than an excerpt that hints at content and requires me to visit a website for the full content (see here, here and here).

19 years on and there are still feeds which only provide an excerpt.

Unless the publishing platform being used prevents a full text feed, the only reason I can think someone would use excepts is to drive traffic to a site to increase hits to increase advertising revenue.

Similar to online newspapers with a paywall.

Maybe I’m naive and believe good writing, shared in full, will bring people to my site to read more. If I’m wrong, then that’s ok with me as I write to prompt thinking in others first and foremost.

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