Recent update and faster RSSbox delivery

2009-05-01 | Category: General (47), Features (19)

We updated the website to version 1.0.3 on Thursday to get rid of one of the biggest performance problems: the (partially) slow server response for RSSbox requests.

Before the update each RSSbox updated its feed content on request if it was older than 60 minutes. If the RSSbox contained multiple feeds or a feed on a slower server this could take several seconds, thus slowing down the loading speed of the embedding website.

Slow loading is history now. With a new caching system we fetch and prepare the content of all feeds in a continous background process. The rate of cache misses on box request decreased dramatically from around 4000 per day before the update to only 56 in total on Friday, the first full day after the update. This equates to about 0,06% of all requests.

So, if speed issues detained you from using an RSSbox for your live website - give it another try!

Swine Flu News - Humans get swine flu, too

2009-04-28 | Category: General (47), Case Studies (5)

I just discovered on of our RSSboxes on www.swine-flu.com.

This is a good example for the usage of our service for short-time, up-to-date information. swine-flu.com uses pheed.me to combine several feeds into one (pheed.me offers this service for free while we require a Premium account for multiple feeds in one RSSbox) and displays the resulting feed in an RSSbox.


I tried the same for a bunch of news feeds (using our own feed mix feature) and created the following, fondly colored RSSbox (color scheme inspired by Miss Piggy) with the extended tabloid template:

Swine Flu News - from various sources

This RSS feed URL is deprecated

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

40-year-old woman tests positive for swine flu - The Tribune

The Tribune 40-year-old woman tests positive for swine flu The Tribune The district recorded the season's third case of swine flu on Monday. A 40-yea...

Swine flu alert in Vizag - Telangana Today

Swine flu alert in Vizag Telangana Today Visakhapatnam: District Collector Pravin Kumar, on Monday urged private hospitals in the district to take all measures to...

Three die of suspected swine flu in Kanniyakumari district - The Hindu

Three die of suspected swine flu in Kanniyakumari district The Hindu NAGERCOIL. Three persons from Kanniyakumari district, who had been admitted to different hosp...

HC seeks report on dengue, swine flu - The Hindu - The Hindu

Business Standard HC seeks report on dengue, swine flu - The Hindu The Hindu MADURAI The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday directed the...

Actor Saravanan admitted in hospital with swine flu - Times of India

Times of India Actor Saravanan admitted in hospital with swine flu Times of India Actor Saravanan, who was recently seen in Nayanthara's Kolamaavu Kok...

Don't worry about swine flu spread, says official - The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express Don't worry about swine flu spread, says official The New Indian Express VIJAYAWADA: “People of Andhra Pradesh need not worry...

With 11-yr-old's death, swine flu toll touches 12 at Madurai GRH - The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express With 11-yr-old's death, swine flu toll touches 12 at Madurai GRH The New Indian Express MADURAI/THENI/VIRUDHUNAGAR: Swine flu ...

Swine flu outbreak: Tamil Nadu well-stocked on medicine - The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express Swine flu outbreak: Tamil Nadu well-stocked on medicine The New Indian Express CHENNAI: Oseltamivir, the drug of choice for tre...

More playing: Google News feeds

2009-04-24 | Category: General (47), Case Studies (5)

After tinkering with Twitter yesterday I try to setup a nice RSSbox containing a Google News feed today. My keyword for the news search was "sullenberger", the first term that came into my mind - perhaps because I saw a documentary yesterday in austrian TV.

Google News feeds by default come with lots of overload. The description is built using tables, sometimes there is an image to the left of the news and often there are several links to related news beneath the article.

Without much formatting it looks like this:

Google News about Captain Sullenberger

This RSS feed URL is deprecated

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Those Legendary Republicans of Yore, Beloved of the Media - The Weekly Standard


The Weekly Standard

Those Legendary Republicans of Yore, Beloved of the Media
The Weekly Standard
Sullenberger may have genuinely believed that his account of awakening, conversion, and repentance was a novelty—that is certainly the way it was reported in the press and disseminated on social media—but in the pages of the Post, especially, this is ...

'Sully' Sullenberger: We saved 155 lives on the Hudson Rivers. Now let's vote for leaders who'll protect us all. - Salisbury Post


Salisbury Post

'Sully' Sullenberger: We saved 155 lives on the Hudson Rivers. Now let's vote for leaders who'll protect us all.
Salisbury Post
By Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III. Special to The Washington Post. Nearly 10 years ago, I led 154 people to safety as the captain of US Airways Flight 1549, which suffered bird strikes, lost thrust in the engines and was forced to make an ...
Talk of the Town: Heed the words of 'Sully': Today, vote as an American The Daily Courier

all 3 news articles »


Informative, but not very pretty. We are working on a special Google News Box which should fix most of this formatting problems.

Right now an option would be to remove HTML tags completely and limit the number of characters for the article to a fixed amount.

The result, using the Extended Table (Premium accounts only), could look like this:

Captain Chesley Sullenberger - Up-to-date Google News

This RSS feed URL is deprecated

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Those Legendary Republicans of Yore, Beloved of the Media - The Weekly Standard

The Weekly Standard Those Legendary Republicans of Yore, Beloved of the Media The Weekly Standard Sullenberger may have genuinely believed that his account of awakening, conversion, and repentance was a novelty—that is certainly the way it was rep...

'Sully' Sullenberger: We saved 155 lives on the Hudson Rivers. Now let's vote for leaders who'll protect us all. - Salisbury Post

Salisbury Post 'Sully' Sullenberger: We saved 155 lives on the Hudson Rivers. Now let's vote for leaders who'll protect us all. Salisbury Post By Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III. Special to The Washington Post. Nearly 10 years ago, I led 154...

Capt. Sullenberger: I've never been more concerned about this country's future - MarketWatch

MarketWatch Capt. Sullenberger: I've never been more concerned about this country's future MarketWatch That's how Sullenberger, a Republican for almost his entire life, responded when asked over the weekend what he would say to President Donald Trum...

Capt. Sullenberger: Vote against Republican control - Yahoo News

Yahoo News Capt. Sullenberger: Vote against Republican control Yahoo News Capt. Sully Sullenberger has a message for the American people: "everyone, everywhere must vote." Capt. Sully urges voters to save our democracy from a President that is not c...

Thanks for the reminder, Mr. Sullenberger - Washington Post

Thanks for the reminder, Mr. Sullenberger Washington Post Thanks to Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III for his Oct. 30 op-ed, “This is not the America I know.” Mr. Sullenberger reminded us that “when we project anger, fear and hatred, people will re...

'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot: 'The fabric of our nation is under attack' - CNN

CNN 'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot: 'The fabric of our nation is under attack' CNN "The fabric of our nation is under attack, while shame — a timeless beacon of right and wrong — seems dead," Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, whose "Miracle on the Hu...

Pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger: 'This is not the America I know and love' - The Hill (blog)

The Hill (blog) Pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger: 'This is not the America I know and love' The Hill (blog) Retired airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed the famous "Miracle on the Hudson," said Monday that “this is not the America I kn...

We saved 155 lives on the Hudson. Now let's vote for leaders who'll protect us all. - Washington Post

Washington Post We saved 155 lives on the Hudson. Now let's vote for leaders who'll protect us all. Washington Post Nearly 10 years ago, I led 154 people to safety as the captain of US Airways Flight 1549, which suffered bird strikes, lost thrust in ...


Less media, more content. Still not really good, but looks more consistent.


Testing around with Twitter feeds

2009-04-23 | Category: General (47)

i just played around with Twitter again but I guess I am just not the kind of person who pushes his life online every few minutes.

Nevertheless I tried to create an RSSbox displaying my Twitter feed. This is where two weak points met. On the one hand we have the Twitter feed which doubles every message by repeating the same text in the item title and description.

On the other side our RSSbox templates can not hide the description text right now. This leads to a strange result that looks kind of buggy to me. See for yourself:

Twitter / rssinclude_com

RT @DavidBlueW: Loving embedding RSS into my website and blogs using @rssinclude_com totally coool!

RT @DavidBlueW: Loving embedding RSS into my website and blogs using @rssinclude_com totally coool!

40% of our output servers are transferred into the Amazon cloud now - already delivering up to 70 RSSboxes per second. http://t.co/4pW0U1LS

40% of our output servers are transferred into the Amazon cloud now - already delivering up to 70 RSSboxes per second. http://t.co/4pW0U1LS

We just switched our output servers http://t.co/cInnOYVL to http://t.co/nwk881Kk into the Amazon cloud. Everything up and running fine...

We just switched our output servers http://t.co/cInnOYVL to http://t.co/nwk881Kk into the Amazon cloud. Everything up and running fine...

@mr_omneo the $59.88 includes 20% VAT. If you have a EU VAT ID (or are outside the EU) the annual fee is only $49.90 #rssinclude

@mr_omneo the $59.88 includes 20% VAT. If you have a EU VAT ID (or are outside the EU) the annual fee is only $49.90 #rssinclude

RT @codemakit: Thanks to http://www.rssinclude.com/ now simultaneous feeds on our blogs will be available to our homepage http://www.cod ...

RT @codemakit: Thanks to http://www.rssinclude.com/ now simultaneous feeds on our blogs will be available to our homepage http://www.cod ...


Looks like the RSSbox knows that my brain needs everything repeated twice before understanding it. Ask my wife!

This is a definite flaw. Options to show/hide title, description, date and author of each item will be added next week.

if you want to follow my tweets:
http://twitter.com/rssinclude_com

Signal vs. Noise - 37signals.com

2009-04-21 | Category: Feeds we like (3)

A weblog by 37signals about design, business, experience, simplicity, the web, culture, and more. An inspiring feed I read daily.

The box below was created with the Extended Tabloid template, set to 1 column and 3 rows.


And here the same feed in a more compact form. Extended tabloid, 4x4 cells, title and description shortened and all HTML stripped.

Feed caching & loading time

2009-04-19 | Category: General (47), Features (19)


ATTENTION: The information below is outdated! Caching has been improved big times and box delivery is fast as lightning in 99,9% percent of all requests! (This note added on 27th May, 2009)


It's the question most asked by mail or through our contact form:

Why does my RSSbox sometimes need longer to load than usually?

The answer can be found in the way our system stores feed content in its internal cache. If you create a RSSbox and add a feed, the system first fetches this feed, dumps all unneeded ballast, converts RSS or Atom XML into its own format and stores the result in cache.

Cache time is usually about 60 minutes. So while most of the time a requested RSSbox is delivered within 1/20 of a second, every once in an hour the new feed content has to be fetched from the feed URL. And this can take some time, depending on the speed of the server hosting the feed, it's connection speed, the route between our and the other server and so on.

Most of time it takes only about 1 second to update the feed, store it in cache and return the new RSSbox. But if the other servers reaction is extremly slow or you mix several feeds into one RSSbox (Premium feature) this time can sum up to some seconds.

We are working on a new caching algorithm which updates the feed cache independent from the actual request for a RSSbox. This will eliminate the feed fetch waiting time before the box can be returned. It will  take some more testing till we can put this new feature cache online, but it will reduce delivery time significantly.

7th day after launch - a summary

2009-04-17 | Category: General (47)

It's Friday and we are in love! In love with this project that evolved much better during it's first days than we expected. Here is what happened during the last 192 hours:

  • 543 unique visitors made 864 visits to our new site (not much at first glance)
  • These visitors made 6070 pageviews resulting in 7.03 pageviews per visits
  • 221 visitors signed up and confirmed their user account. Thats about 40% of visitors!
  • 826 new RSSboxes were created, 538 of them by registered users
  • RSSboxes delivered per day (counted from registered users only):
    2009-04-10: 379
    2009-04-11: 938
    2009-04-12: 1012
    2009-04-13: 2860
    2009-04-14: 4288
    2009-04-15: 9971
    2009-04-16: 17295


This is far from our 4 years old project rss-info.com, which serves about 1.000.000 feeds per day now, but we still have 1453 days left to grow. The numbers are promising and the server runs smooth and stable. We even had some Premium Upgrades, thanks a lot! There are still some problems, especially the time lag while refreshing a feed after a cache miss, but we are working on them daily.

Case Study: Harbor Ridge Middle School

2009-04-16 | Category: Case Studies (5)

The first case study in a (hopefully never-ending) series of smart ways to use an RSSbox shows a screenshot of Harbor Ridge Middle School.

The RSSbox is used to embed upcoming event information into the homepage of the school's website. Matching colors and separation lines and a styled wrapper around the RSSbox integrate into the page in a nearly seamless way.

Links to several schools in the Peninsula School District that use an RSSbox:


If you want your website mentioned here, please use our contact form to send your URL and a short description.

Playing for Change @ YouTube

2009-04-15 | Category: Feeds we like (3)

Playing For Change is a movement to connect the world through music. Find some songs from the upcoming documentary DVD release on their YouTube channel.

PlayingForChange @ YouTube

Discover More PFC. Become A Member | Playing For Change

Become a Member: http://bit.ly/2BZyPfK As a member you'll be the first to see our new series of Songs Around The World as well as receive access to exclusive content, free music and video...
Views: 13665
380 ratings
Time: 00:55 More in Music

Skin Deep featuring Buddy Guy | Playing For Change | Song Across America

From our new album, Listen to the Music (out 4.20.18), pre-order now: http://bit.ly/2EA9wE8 Playing For Change and Buddy Guy united to record and film his anthem, “Skin Deep” across America....
Views: 94968
3337 ratings
Time: 05:33 More in Music

"Listen to the Music" Album and Video Series Trailer | Playing For Change

Pre-order our new album, Listen to the Music (out 4.20.18): http://bit.ly/2EA9wE8 We are excited to announce 'Listen to the Music' - our new Songs Around The World album (available April 20th,...
Views: 35048
871 ratings
Time: 01:01 More in Music

First day with more than 50 new users!

2009-04-14 | Category: General (47)

Hooray! The last 24 hours were the first with more than 50 signups. A friendly Welcome! to every new user. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you in any way!