RSS to be deprecated by Dec 1
Google announces that olds urls for RSS for Google news will be deprecated by Dec 1 this year.
If you are subscribed to Google news feeds then you will need to go and manually update each of them to continue getting updates.
In the past, old RSS urls 301 redirected to new ones automatically and there was no need for the subscriber to do anything to keep getting the content.
But it seems Google is keen on breaking this apart.
But it already seems to be falling apart.
The announcement says that the urls will be deprecated on Dec 1 but as Barry from SearchEngineLand notes, most of the urls stopped working yesterday itself.
Presently the RSS feeds display the error message that goes like this: this RSS feed URL is deprecated.
This comes almost a month in advance to the due date.
Google’s help board has come up with the following message.
We are making some necessary improvements to our system that powers RSS feeds. As a result of this update, the Google News RSS URL pattern is changing. In order to continue getting RSS feeds on your websites, please follow these instructions:
On a computer, go to https://news.google.com and select the section you want or create a custom section. At the bottom of the section’s page, click RSS. This will make the feed appear. Copy the URL from the address bar to get the new URL for the RSS feed.
The old RSS URL patterns will no longer work effective December 1st, 2017.
We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.