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Subscribe to popular feeds

Our tracking feeds are very powerful: not only they let you subscribe to keywords and boolean expressions, but they also let you subscribe by filtering on meta-data. As you know, each feed processed by superfeedr has a popularity rank, combining several signals. Using this, our tracking feeds can be used...  

Apple, Facebook and RSS

The publishing industry is evolving quite quickly these days and several tech giants have recently showed their love of RSS. Facebook’s Instant Articles There’s no doubt that Facebook is the distribution platform for choice with its 1.44 billion users. Recently, they announced a new product: InstantArticles which are aimed at...  

Feed Popularity

In our effort to provide more meta-data about RSS feeds on the web, today, we’re adding popularity. The popularity of a feed is a good indication of the impact of its stories. When dealing with an information overload it can be interesting to provide hints to your customers about how...  

Combining Feeds

RSS feeds are very powerful when it comes to aggregation and syndication. One of the main advantages of using a single format is that it becomes very simple to aggregate and combine several of them. Let’s say we have identified 3 RSS feeds which we want to combine in a...  

Searching Subscriptions

Last november, we started adding more metadata to the notifications we send: Velocity : the average number of updates a feed yields per day Porn Rank: the likeliness of a feed to be porn Bozo Rank: the likeliness of a feed to be garbage We usually recommend pruning subscriptions using...  

Subscribing to backlinks

Anyone who’s spent at least 5 minutes looking at Search Engine Optimizations found how crucial backlinks are. In practice for search engines, they’re votes that lets them rank all sites together. In the social web world, people often talk about @mentions, which are ways to link a post or a...  

HTTP Raw Body

The request is empty! This is by far the most frequent misunderstanding with PubSubHubbub. They can see the HTTP POST request in their logs, but for some reason, they’re unable to access its content. The reason for this is that most web frameworks and languages assume that POST requests are...  

Async Notification Replays

Last week, we blogged about agregating RSS feeds in a Rails application. Ruby On Rails is one of these frameworks which integrates very well with Superfeedr. However, Rails has a very annoying feature in development: it can only handle one single request at a time. This is annoying because when...  

Consuming RSS feeds in Rails Application

Consuming RSS feeds in a web application is often complex and requires offline workers or queue systems which are yet another infrastructure to maintain. This scheduling algorithm also means that this application will be “late” at detecting updates or will check the feeds too frequently for most publishers. A Rails...  

Twitter Firehose shuts down partners

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” History repeats itself. Yesterday, Twitter announced that it was unilaterally shutting down its firehose partners. It’s not very different from what Twitter did a couple years ago when they started limiting the 3rd party client’s API accesses. APIs as...  

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