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We build a complex feed fetching and parsing infrastructure so that you don't have to. We believe the web should be more open and that feeds are a key component of that ecosystem.
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Superfeedr, Hapi & Feedparser

The last couple weeks have been busy with the redesign. We had to update our venerable Rails 2.3.X app and move to a new Ruby2.0 + Rails 3.2 stack, with Rails 4.0 right around the corner. However, to keep our sanity, we also worked on a bunch of side project,...   Read more

August 08, 2014 | View Comments |

Survey for the new Superfeedr.com

The main Superfeedr.com is about to change. We’ve started working on a complete redesign of our identity and features offered by the website. For this, we need your help to understand what exactly you would expect from us. Please help us by filling out this quick form.   Read more

July 11, 2014 | View Comments |

RSS streaming

In the last year, we focused a lot on storing data from the feeds inside Superfeedr. We started by storing a lot of Google Reader content, using our Riak backend. When introducing our new PubSubHubbub endpoint, we had the opportunity to add things like subscribe and retrieve and later, params...   Read more

July 02, 2014 | View Comments |

More analytics

Each superfeedr account, whether you’re a subscriber or a publisher gets an analytics section where you can view interesting data about your account: the number of feeds, the number of subscriptions and the credits balance haven been displayed since the begining. In the last couple days, we have started keeping...   Read more

June 06, 2014 | View Comments |

Webdiversity

In the 90s, everyone used car analogies to discuss technology. In 2014, it’s all food analogies.— Tom Dale (@tomdale) June 1, 2014 Luckily, food is not the only option. Let’s talk about animals. We call the web an ecosystem after all, so let’s see what biodiversity means in this context...   Read more

June 01, 2014 | View Comments |

Reboot RSS

If you read this blog, by now, you probably know that we’re convinced that RSS feeds are amazing and can solve a huge number of common issues faced by today’s web: decentralization, open-ness, privacy… etc. Yet, you also probably know that the RSS world has been under attack for the...   Read more

May 28, 2014 | View Comments |

Indie-feeds

The indieweb community has been pretty active in the past couple months. One of the key principles is that people should own their data online. The IndieWeb is a people-focused alternative to the corporate web. We strongly believe in the web’s diversity at Superfeedr and having movements like IndieWebCamp obviously...   Read more

May 22, 2014 | View Comments |

Develop custom XMPP Server-2-Server components with nodejs

The challenge One of Superfeedr messaging protocols is XMPP. It is offering a XMPP Pub Sub API and using Prosody at its core. XMPP is a mature protocol and is heavily used in the messaging space. It offers quite a lot extensions and covers various use cases that may come...   Read more

April 14, 2014 | View Comments |

Heartbleed: change your passwords and tokens

Two days ago, a security flaw in OpenSSL was made public. This flaw, named Heartbleed is Catastrophic in Bruce Schneier’s words, because it exposes a chunk of memory from any vulnerable server. After checking thoroughly, we found that our servers themselves were not exposed as we currently use an old(er)...   Read more

April 09, 2014 | View Comments |

IndieWeb: fragment subscriptions to microformats

In the past couple weeks, the IndieWeb crowd got a lot of attention. This is a very good news, because we strongly believe the web needs more diversity and the indieweb movement is clearly a step in that direction. Yet, the current POSSE culture, as well as a strong biais...   Read more

March 27, 2014 | View Comments |