FeedBurner Alternative and Uptime Report

MakeUseOf, a popular technology blog, recently reviewed Feedity as an alternative to Google’s FeedBurner service. FeedBurner has been stagnant for the past few years and it has received some criticism regarding durability.

Feedity can help you manage your RSS feeds better. While FeedBurner only allows management of existing feeds, Feedity allows users to create new feeds for virtually any webpage and manage it painlessly. Feedity provides custom RSS feeds and management tools to bloggers, podcasters, and other web-based content publishers. If you are looking for a simpler alternative that does the basic feed syndication and management things well, then Feedity is the best starting point.

Besides, we’ve maintained an uptime of 99.996% this quarter (Q2 2010) with only 3 minutes and 2 seconds of downtime in the past 3 months. This is great for our paying customers. If you find Feedity useful, then do consider upgrading. It’s hassle-free, inexpensive, and Feedity will offer immense value to you for Social Media Monitoring and feed publishing.


System Maintenance – 26 May

This is to inform Feedity users that our service provider will be installing the latest security hotfixes on the Web and database servers. These updates are necessary to keep the servers up to date and secure.

The maintenance is scheduled for: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM Pacific time. The actual downtime will only last approximately 15 to 20 minutes, during which our application will remain off-line and all RSS feeds will be unavailable.

Corporate plan users hosted on separate servers will not be affected by this maintenance outage.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Top International Web Products of 2009

ReadWriteWeb, one of the world’s top 20 blogs, recently published a list of Top 10 International Web Products of 2009. ReadWriteWeb speaks to an intelligent audience of web enthusiasts, early adopters and innovators, and provides analysis of web products and technology trends.

We are glad to share that Feedity received an Honorable Mention in the ReadWriteWeb top list. Feedity is also the only Australian startup to have made it to the list.

Thanks to the ReadWriteWeb team and the international panel of experts who made this list possible. Most of all, thanks to all the Feedity users for their support.


Extract Item Descriptions

Back in February 2009, we asked our users and blog readers what new features would they like to see in Feedity. The responses were insightful for us to evaluate the course of value addition for our service users.

The most requested feature was to ‘Extract Feed Item Description’ — the ability to extract description text for each of the news/data items on a webpage. We take pleasure in announcing that after a few weeks of private beta usage, we have released this new feature for our Plus, Business and Corporate plan users. This new feature will allow users to build custom RSS feeds with full summary (of up-to 500 characters for now).

This also makes Feedity the only service to offer a complete RSS feed structure in essence, including the item titles, hyperlinks, descriptions (summary) and publication dates.

Under the hood, we have also fixed a few bugs and improved the performance of the Feedity parser engine.

Please subscribe to our blog feed or follow us on Twitter for future announcements and other service updates.

You can also checkout a lot of cool and popular RSS feeds we have hand-picked in our Featured Feeds section.


How The News Flows

Lately, the blogosphere has been echoing with questions over the possibility of a trend that could suggest that RSS is gradually empowering the back-end (server systems) just as well as the front-end (client news readers).

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RSS adds tremendous value to the underling information by structuring it in a simple and easily usable format, and I suspect that this trend may just be an indication of the widespread adoption of RSS for server-side applications in the near future. RSS as a standardized content delivery mechanism for interoperability between systems is growing.

Dave Winer, who pioneered the development of blogs and syndication (RSS), recently suggested that RSS is how the news flows:

If all the RSS on the planet were all of a sudden to stop updating (key point) the news would stop flowing. Any news guy or gal who thinks they could get by without RSS — think this through a bit more. We all love the Internet, but don’t shut off your gas and electric because your computer and router wouldn’t work without electricity. Same with RSS and news. RSS is how the news flows, whether you see it or not.

Marshall Kirkpatrick, a lead writer at ReadWriteWeb.com – one of the most widely read technology blogs online, contemplates that if you think RSS is dead then that’s your loss and it’s a big one:

Our team scans over thousands of company RSS feeds each morning for updates (what news writer wouldn’t do that?) and we use an open source customizable meme-tracker to make sure we haven’t missed anything important. We use open source RSS parsing software to set up a dashboard tracking all our competitors’ feeds, we use an RSS to IM alert system to get some feeds sent to us right away and at least some of us use Gmail Webclips for another layer of ambient feed tracking.

In other words, I use RSS all day long. Anyone who is competitive in their field and doesn’t just might be crazy.

The fact is clear, RSS is the backbone of content distribution online.