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Opera partially adopts new RSS feed icon

February 15, 2006

(See update below)

Opera has adopted the RSS feed icon from Mozilla Firefox on its site.

The new orange icon (see screenshot below) was initially used only by Firefox, but last December Microsoft announced that it too would include the icon in the next release of Internet Explorer (IE). There has been an ongoing effort between browser vendors to encourage more consistency between the various browsers.

I spoke to an Opera official about these developments who told me that there have been discussions at Opera on including the new feed icon in the browser’s address bar too. Currently Opera displays a blue icon with the word ‘RSS’ in the address bar.

Update (2/16/06): It’s official now. The new feed icon will be added to the Opera browser too.

New orange feed icon:
New Feed Icon

Categories: Standards
  1. February 15, 2006 at 3:03 pm

    Nice! This will help feed discoverability, and with Microsoft making a big deal over adding feed reading capablities to IE7, even more people will be aware of them. So if IE users have been hearing about this “feed” thing, and they go to Opera’s website and see a bunch of feeds (which they recognize, thanks to the press about IE7), it’ll be obvious that Opera handles them too.

    I always thought “XML” was a bad label. It’s kind of like using “Internet” to identify an email link — technically true, but not particularly descriptive given the different kinds of content to which that label could apply. “RSS” was better, but it’s labeling on the implementation rather than the concept, and there’s at least one more widely-used implementation (Atom). The icon Firefox came up with has its faults — I’ve heard people say it looks too much like a volume/speaker icon, for instance — but it’s got a “broadcast” feel to it, it’s not implementation-specific, and it’s not language-specific.

    You might find the Feed Icons site interesting. They’re trying to get the icon standardized on websites as well, and they’ve got a zip file with various sizes, colors, and a vector version of the icon.

  2. Anonymous
    February 15, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    Finally Opera Losers have copied something Firefox Losers claim they invented.

    It infact originally invented by Bill Gates.

    Check out the article @


  3. Anonymous
    February 15, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    I know! It’s outraging. Did you know that Great Bill coined the name Firefox and was inventor of Opera as well?

  4. Anonymous
    February 15, 2006 at 5:02 pm

    Poor Bill. He’s probably living in a cardboard box somewhere now because everyone took all his great ideas without so much as a ‘thank you’. Sad…

  5. February 15, 2006 at 10:53 pm

    “Poor Bill. He’s probably living in a cardboard box somewhere now because everyone took all his great ideas without so much as a ‘thank you’. Sad… ” LOL!

    As for this icon, I would really prefer that Opera stick with the one it has now, mainly for aesthetic reasons. The orange Firefox icon is uuuugly! LOL

  6. February 16, 2006 at 12:09 am

    I’m not saying that this particular icon is good, but I think it’s good to have the same icon in different browsers and on different sites.

    And, besudes, the current icon Opera uses (with the word RSS) is not always correct because not all feeds are RSS, there is Atom, too.

  7. Anonymous
    February 16, 2006 at 9:41 am

    I don’t think its good. The icon doesn’t tell the user what it is. The RSS icon Opera and Safari already have it better. It tells the user what it is.

  8. February 16, 2006 at 10:00 am

    Not when it’s an Atom feed it doesn’t.

  9. Jakub81
  10. February 16, 2006 at 10:43 am

    Jakub81, nice.

  11. Anonymous
  12. Anonymous
    February 16, 2006 at 5:11 pm

    I hear that Bill invented Earth in seven days and that “G” guy keeps claiming he did it???

  13. February 17, 2006 at 5:28 pm

    The new RSS Icon is in this weeks weekly build.

  14. Anonymous
    February 18, 2006 at 5:10 am

    “Finally Opera Losers have copied something Firefox Losers claim they invented.”

    and then you have fanboys starting to actually believe Opera invented everything, tis a sad day.

  15. February 18, 2006 at 8:17 am

    I wrote a small tutorial on how to change the RSS icon in Opera to your preference, for anyone who’s interested. I was actually quite surprised at how easy it was to do.

  16. February 18, 2006 at 4:09 pm

    If you don’t like the Firefox icon, please join this group:

  17. Anonymous
    February 18, 2006 at 6:28 pm

    Did Opera devs contact Firefox devs about this, because ie 7 did and i don’t want that asa guy smashing opera, saying that opera 9 is a lame copy of firefox

  18. February 19, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    It’s a pity the orange icon is both ugly and uninformative, but I guess a standard (even an ugly one) is better than inconsistency.

  19. February 20, 2006 at 8:17 am

    Having a nice consistent icon is good, but when the site can override it (like this site does), it defeats the purpose…

  20. Anonymous
    February 20, 2006 at 10:50 am

    I don’t know what the complaining is about.

    The Blue icon was misleading and uninformative.

    The orange one is fresh, can grab attention and majority of the users know what it is.

    And besides the Tango CL theme had this icon for ages

  21. Anonymous
    March 9, 2006 at 12:42 am

    and there it is… (in the current build 8238)

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