You've got mail!

2009-06-19 | Category: General (47)

Now that our systems gives me some additional insight into user behaviour and statistics I started to send out mails to various users asking for their feedback (and I took the chance to beg for some recommendations in their favourite social networks :).

I was stunned about the amount of replies and luckily most of them were positive. Some people also contacted us on Twitter.

Here is some of the feedback (I skipped personal insults and MLM guys trying to sell us "I made $11.567,78 the last week and you can too!" e-books. Tweets are linked back, e-mails are mostly anonymized):

"Took me awhile to find the perfect fit for my site & your code is both easy to use and designer-customizable" - jasoncarpio (via Twitter)

"thank you very much! You provide a great service." - RayBeckerman (via Twitter, yes THE Ray Beckerman from http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com/)

"I got your email and i really like rssinclude... fits in rather nicely seeing as im using wordpress and a traditional cms" - mattatobin (via Twitter)

"I got that sucker! And I will get you too if you don't stop buzzing around here." - BarackObama (via Twitter) (No, really, I didn't make this up. Believe me! I hope PETA comes to save me... *bzzzz*)

"I love your site. I sent you a message about how your feed generator can also embed video players right in the feed! Awesome! You should tell that to your sites visitors." - via e-mail

"Have created a site for a friend who has a farm in Italy and she's loving tweeting to the site and cant wait for it to go live. Cant in all honesty suggest any improvements/enhancements - it's great as is." - via e-mail

"It is great to see such customer service, even for free users." - via e-mail (Hey! This should not prevent you from upgrading to a Premium account!)

"Thank you for following up on my use of the Twitter rssbox. Firstly, I absolutely love it! Secondly, I love all the current customizations to the skin that can be created. If you haven't already seen it in action check out my site" - via e-mail

"Actually, I'd love to be able to mix up to three feeds in one box, being a small blog I can't really afford the premium package for it. Other than that, great service." - via e-mail

"Hey man, I think the service you offer is awesome! I have it on 2 sites, and will use it everytime I need to display my clients feeds in a structured manner. If I was gonna give you one thing to work it might be making a public plugin for wordpress so all the wordpress users out there could just plugin the mod. That would probably increase your traffic ten fold." - via e-mail (Nice idea, but our admin's afraid the server will burst into flames if our traffic ten-folds!)



If you would like to find your statement added here, please use our contact form our simply reply to the signup confirmation mail you got from us. Or you could just sit back and wait till I write you a mail...

Some limitations for free user accounts

2009-05-20 | Category: General (47)

About 6 weeks after launching this service we are still in the process of finding a good balance between free and paid services. Following the recommended book "What Would Google Do" by Jeff Jarvis our basic strategy is to offer as much as possible for free to gain  an ever growing user base.

But since we also offer paid services it is important for us to ensure continuous availability of our system for our Premium accounts. So we took a closer look into the data that we collected during the past weeks and decided to impose some additional limits to free user accounts to avoid a leech of system resources through individual users. This will only affect a very small percentage of current power users with an extraordinary (or should I say extreme) usage behavior.

Count your fingers! With immediate effect...
- 10 is the maximum number of RSSboxes in a free account
- 10 is the maximum number of news items in a free RSSbox

There is a simple and affordable way to get rid of this limitations: Upgrade your account to our Premium plan.

RSSbox optimized for Twitter

2009-05-14 | Category: General (47), Features (19)

Looks like Twitter is the biggest thing since growing your own vegetables in your garden. We thought it is time for some tribute and built an RSSbox especially for this service. Go forward, put this birdie in a cage and place it on your website.

The RSSbox for Twitter is optimized for user profile feeds but runs with search result feeds too. There are some improvements we have to add during the coming weeks but right now it works quite well.

One of the downsides is our systems average feed cache time of up to 60 minutes. So if your life depends on publishing your pacemaker malfunction on your website in real real-time you should probably go for another tool (e.g. Twitters own widgets).

Some examples:


BTW, you can use the box for any other feed too. May look a bit strange, but experiment and decide for yourself!

Before I forget: If you use and like our service, please twitter about us!
http://twitter.com/rssinclude_com

Twitter optimized RSSbox is coming!

2009-05-02 | Category: General (47), Features (19)

We are beta-testing a bunch of new RSSbox templates that will be available next weeks. Among them is an optimized template for the popular Twitter service.

Here is a preview:


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

Swine flu claims 13 lives in Raj in first 20 days of Sept - Times of India

Swine flu claims 13 lives in Raj in first 20 days of Sept Times of India Health department officials said that they have alerted officials across the state on sw...

UC Davis students quarantined in Japan for swine flu - Daily Democrat

Daily Democrat UC Davis students quarantined in Japan for swine flu Daily Democrat SAN FRANCISCO – A group of 20 students studying in Japan through ...

Vietnam set to launch indigenous swine, avian flu vaccines - VnExpress International

VnExpress International Vietnam set to launch indigenous swine, avian flu vaccines VnExpress International The H1N1 and the H5N1 subtypes are more com...

30-year-old dies of swine flu at VS Hospital - Times of India

Times of India 30-year-old dies of swine flu at VS Hospital Times of India AHMEDABAD: Swine flu cases appear to be spiking in the city. According to ...

Three more die of swine flu at civil hospital, toll rises to 26 - Times of India

Times of India Three more die of swine flu at civil hospital, toll rises to 26 Times of India Notably, with the surge in the number of patients testin...

Treat swine flu free for poor, pvt hospitals told - Pune Mirror

Pune Mirror Treat swine flu free for poor, pvt hospitals told Pune Mirror Ram said, “We already have a scheme where people from the deprived class a...

Questions raised about swine flu vaccine - Cosmos

Cosmos Questions raised about swine flu vaccine Cosmos Serious questions have been raised about the safety of one of the vaccines used to fight the gl...

September sees five swine flu cases, including one death - Times of India

Times of India September sees five swine flu cases, including one death Times of India Instructions have already been sent to doctors as well as healt...

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

'Miracle On The Hudson' Pilot Sounds Off On Smaller Airline Seats - CBS New York


CBS New York

'Miracle On The Hudson' Pilot Sounds Off On Smaller Airline Seats
CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As fees to fly continue to rise, airplane seats continue to shrink. New pressure is now being put on the Federal Aviation Administration to do something about it, after heroic airline captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ...

Rebels at the Front Gate! - Forbes


Forbes

Rebels at the Front Gate!
Forbes
In another interview, Gino mentions Captain C. B. "Sully" Sullenberger, the celebrated airline pilot responsible for the “Miracle on the Hudson.” On January 15, 2009, after his plane's engine was disabled by a flock of Canada geese, Sullenberger was ...


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

'Miracle On The Hudson' Pilot Sounds Off On Smaller Airline Seats - CBS New York

CBS New York 'Miracle On The Hudson' Pilot Sounds Off On Smaller Airline Seats CBS New York NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As fees to fly continue to rise, airplane seats continue to shrink. New pressure is now being put on the Federal Aviation Administra...

Rebels at the Front Gate! - Forbes

Forbes Rebels at the Front Gate! Forbes In another interview, Gino mentions Captain C. B. "Sully" Sullenberger, the celebrated airline pilot responsible for the “Miracle on the Hudson.” On January 15, 2009, after his plane's engine was disabled ...

TCR's 'My Fair Lady' is a must-see - Little Village

Little Village TCR's 'My Fair Lady' is a must-see Little Village Some musicals you go to every time they come around. They are the classics that never disappoint. My Fair Lady, directed at TCR by Angie Toomsen with music direction by Cameron Sullenb...

Cases delayed in murder of Youngwood man - Tribune-Review

Cases delayed in murder of Youngwood man Tribune-Review Christopher David, 40, Jason Sullenberger, 40, Michael Covington Jr., 21, and Linda Kay Quidetto, 41, all of Youngwood, are each in jail awaiting separate trials for homicide, robbery and conspiracy for th...

Atrial Fibrillation: The most common heart rhythm disorder - WRGB

WRGB Atrial Fibrillation: The most common heart rhythm disorder WRGB “Atrial fibrillation is the most common abnormality that we experience in cardiology,” says Dr. Lance Sullenberger, board certified cardiologist at Capital Cardiology Associate...

Air Force notes: Joseph Saucier makes debut as starting tailback - Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado Springs Gazette Air Force notes: Joseph Saucier makes debut as starting tailback Colorado Springs Gazette Retired airline captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger took part in the ceremonial coin toss before Saturday's game. Sullenberger, ...

Changes coming to Auglaize/Mercer Y operations, official says - The Daily Standard

The Daily Standard Changes coming to Auglaize/Mercer Y operations, official says The Daily Standard Joshua M. Sullenberger, YMCA of Greater Dayton senior vice president, this week laid out to Celina Rotarians a new vision for the local branches that...

Cops And Courts – August 31, 2018 - The Dispatch

Cops And Courts – August 31, 2018 The Dispatch For her part, Sullenberger did not present a license, but provided her name and date of birth verbally. Ocean City Communications confirmed Sullenberger was wanted in Delaware on an outstanding warrant and she w...


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.