Today I created a private blog site — that is, Internet-accessible but SSL-and-password-protected — and realized that there was no easy way for most people to subscribe to it. (He also speculated usefully about a Card Space-strengthened approach to secure RSS.) Way back in February, Dare Obasanjo had weighed in on why authenticated feeds would matter, and in March Sean Lyndersay explained on Charlie Wood’s blog why the feature didn’t make the cut.Even if the popular cloud-based readers like Bloglines and Google Reader supported authenticated feeds, I wouldn’t want to let them use my credentials to impersonate me. I discovered to my surprise that it won’t read authenticated feeds either. My own case helps bolster Sean’s point that password-protected feeds are rare birds.But if Windows itself doesn’t yet read authenticated feeds, it’s hard for those companies to justify producing such feeds. Update: Thanks to this comment I have discovered that Outlook 2007 is one of the standalone RSS readers that can subscribe to authenticated feeds.I had originally thought otherwise but that was operator error on my part.Many also now use instant messaging and collaboration platforms instead of email.twitter.com/i/jot I've done that and it's stopped Thunderbird from pointlessly launching my browser to show a 1x1 pixel image.Source: https://getsatisfaction.com/mozilla_messaging/topics/how_to_suppress_browser_opening_https_r_twimg_com_jot_in_feed_articles This is really interesting, thanks for the report.