New Features: Editable Titles, and Text Extraction

On popular demand, we have introduced two new features for Feedity users, as part of our version 2.2 release:

Editable Feed Titles: Premium and Pro plan users can now edit and change the title of the RSS feed to be more descriptive. The feed title is set to the source webpage title by default, but now the feed title can be edited to further customize the RSS feed. To edit the feed title, just click on the displayed title on the Feed Builder page.

Abstract Text Extraction: Up until now, Feedity used to only fetch and extract the hyperlinks from a source webpage to build a custom RSS feed. With the new abstract text extraction feature, users (even free plan users) can extract non-hyperlinked textual data from source webpages. This feature can be utilized by specifying a start block and an end block from the HTML code of the source webpage, through the Advanced Refinement option on the Feed Builder page.

Thanks to all our users for their support! Drop us a message if you need help, or if want to share some feedback.

We request RSS enthusiasts and Feedity users (specially our Premium and Pro plan users), to subscribe to our blog feed for new announcements and other service updates.

Have a good one!


New Features: Widget, Featured Feeds, and more

We have introduced some cool new features for Feedity users!

Widget – We have been getting several requests from users for us to provide a simple way to publish and display RSS feeds on webpages and blogs. So we have launched a new widget tool, with which you can embed and display Feedity-generated RSS feeds on your website or blog.

The widget is quite customizable and completely safe to use. You can drive more traffic to your site by showcasing the news from your favorite source. Checkout the tools page for more details on the new widget.

Featured Feeds – Now you can discover some of the best RSS feeds built with Feedity! On our new Featured Feeds page, we will regularly post the most useful RSS feeds and mashups built with Feedity, from some really interesting websites on the Internet.

You can checkout the Featured Feeds page for more juice, or subscribe to the Meta RSS feed of these featured feeds to stay tuned. And if you know of a cool webpage that’s missing a (better) RSS feed, then drop us a message!

Soon, we’ll also be releasing a powerful API (short for Application Programming Interface) for Feedity. The API will let users and partners interact programmatically with Feedity. It will provide a simple and easy utility for creating custom RSS feeds on-the-fly. The API is currently in private beta stage. We will post more details about the API in the near future.

Besides the above features, we have also applied a number of bug fixes and tweaks, so that the Feedity application can offer a more reliable and robust service.

We request RSS enthusiasts and Feedity users (specially our Premium and Pro plan users), to subscribe to our blog feed for new announcements and other service updates!

Drop us a message if you need help, or if want to share some feedback, or even if you just want to say hi!


Feedity with Advanced Refinement

There was a minor update (v1.4.1) a couple of weeks back, but the current update (v1.5) includes a brand new feature called Advanced Refinement. Feedity already had a refinement feature which was useful for tweaking the feed output. The new feature extends on the refinement concept and provides the user a code-level scraping option. This was the most requested feature by Feedity users and it made sense to have it running. You can find a Advanced Refinement Help slideshow in the refinement options page on Feedity.

I’ve also updated the Feedity layout and interface in this release, and I hope it looks more streamlined and composed. As before, thanks to the wonderful users of Feedity who share their feedback and keep this service going. Here’s what’s new on the blogosphere about Feedity (also see past testimonials):

CyberNotes

It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. … It’s very simple, yet powerful and useful. … Feedity is one of those things that you’ll want to stash away in your bookmarks, because eventually you’ll probably come across a site that doesn’t offer syndication.

Christopher Craft

This is a cool tool if I’ve ever seen one…

Binary Law UK

… a terrific widget …

Ashish Sinha @ pluGGd.in

The best part about this tool is it’s simple to use and if marketed well, can be used extensively by non-techie-small businesses around the globe.

One Tip A Day

Sounds like just what I need.

Nearly Legal UK

I can see all kinds of possibilities.

If you find Feedity useful then please consider donating an amount of your choice towards the maintenance and improvement of this free-for-life service.

Thanks to all! Cheers 🙂


Video Tutorial of Feedity with Yahoo Pipes

Google Alerts notified me of a nice video tutorial which highlights building a custom data mashup using Yahoo Pipes with Feedity (there’s even a pre-built Webpage-to-RSS pipe which you can clone and use in your pipeline).

Video Tutorials of Feedity with Yahoo PipesThis video tutorial is located at Useful Video (tute 4). Its a great walkthrough for anyone wanting to create a dynamic data mashup from one or more data sources which lack web feeds support.

Talking of mashups, according to ProgrammableWeb, the number of “official” mashups has grown from roughly 900 in August 2006 to roughly 1550 till date. Web is the new database!