Posted December 29th, 2008 by andrew
Over the holidays, I took a look at a few things that were slowing down the performance of FeedBite. You may have noticed at times that the site took long to load your public pages at times, but now, worry no more! I’ve improved the speed of this process by a whopping 1000+%. I will be continuing to add little upgrades to the site as time permits, so keep your eyes peeled for some cool new features.
Happy New Year,
Posted December 18th, 2008 by andrew
I’ve been working hard to get the friends network available to you, and I made it live yesterday! Now, when you are logged in, you can add friends to your FRIENDZIES network to give you easy access to their public pages at the click of your mouse. I will be making future upgrades to the FRIENDZIES network in the future, but thought I’d make it live for the time being. If you have not have a picture associated with your user profile, please ensure that you upload one, unless you are content with the default image I am providing.
Also, all new post content from today forward will accept image html tags so that pictures will show up in your feeds.
Hope you all have a safe holiday season.
Posted December 16th, 2008 by andrew
I just finished up some work that I’ve been working on over the last couple days. Now you can comment on posts on anybody’s public rss page, providing that you are logged in. Also, when you are logged in, you will see a couple changes to the member’s area.
First, you see that there is a comment moderation section on the member’s landing page. Here, you need to select whether you want to moderate comments that people make on your posts, or whether you just want them to all be automatically approved.
Second, in the RSS projects section of the member’s area, you can click the Post To Your Public Page button, and it provides you the ability to write your own post to your RSS page. You can only put <strong><i> and <a href> tags in your post body, so don’t try to add more html than that, cause the extra html will be stripped.
Currently, I have begun a simple Shark Friendzy network that will allow you to add other FeedBiters into your friends network. This gives you a simple way to follow what your buddies are up to.
Well, back to work!
Posted December 5th, 2008 by andrew
This week I had a chance to get back on FeedBite and look at some things that were happening ‘behind the scenes’ that needed some attention. You may or may not have noticed that when viewing public pages, things were a little slow at times if that user had a lot of data archived. Well, I fixed it up so things are nice and zippy once again!
I’m noticing that a lot of you FeedBiters are adding many pre-mixed feeds to your FeebBite Public RSS. This is good to do, however, in adding several feeds (some of which have the same articles as another feed you previously added), I’ve noticed that there is duplicate data displayed on your public page. If you want to make sure this doesn’t keep happening, make sure that the feeds you add to you FeedBite each have 100% unique content.
I’m pretty much finished and ready to publish the ability for you to post your own post to your public page. I just have a couple more things to do, and it should be ready early next week. My next job after that will be adding the ability to comment on feeds.
Talk to you all soon!
Posted October 6th, 2008 by andrew
I didn’t get around to posting last week as I ran into some other things that tied me up for most of the week. On Friday, I started working on an easy way to add feeds from your favorite social networks. I just finished off the first 10 and thought I’d go ahead and make them public so you can check it out and let me know what you think.
Now, when you’re adding feeds to your projects, you have options. You can enter the whole feed URL into the Blog URL input box and add it…OR…you can just enter your social network’s username, and FeedBite will get your feed for you! That means instead of having to log on to your network, find your RSS page, click it, copy your URL and paste it in FeedBite, you can just put your username in the appropriate field, click add…and IT’S DONE! Simple as that!
Some of the things I will be working on next are being able to have pictures imported with your feeds, posting your own post to your FeedBite feed, adding comments to your posts, and also having a friends network system so you can follow your friend’s feed activity!
Leave comments and let me know if you have any other ideas that you think would work out well on the site.
Posted September 19th, 2008 by andrew
Just giving you a little update of a couple features added today.
First, I added a FeedBite Title input field for you to fill out when editing your profile. This title will be used on your public page instead of your username being posted. It allows you to be more specific about what your public feeds are related to.
Then I did several things to make the sign up and activation process a little easier. Now when you sign up, in the email you receive, there is a link to activate your account automagically, or if you are of the ‘old-school’ type, you can go through the manual process.
Next week, I’ll look at getting a Friends network added to the site so you can follow your friends feeds as well!
Have a good weekend!
Posted September 18th, 2008 by andrew
I’ve been working on the site for most of the day today and I got some cool features working. Now, when you are logged in, the members’ top menu navigation will remain on the top of the page no matter where you go on the site.
Also, users can now upload a picture without having to crop it to fit our size restraints, I wrote a little script that will take your picture, no matter what size it is, and I create a 50×50 thumbnail out of it, so you don’t have to mess around with things.
I also got all of the buttons and links that you can find working!
This afternoon, I installed this WordPress blog so I can keep you guys up to date on a regular basis, then I tackled a cool little feature in the member’ top menu nav. Now, you can click the View Public Page in the nav whenever you are logged in, from wherever you want on the site, and it will automatically bring you to YOUR page, providing you with another ‘easy-access’ button to get to the page you want, when you want!
Tomorrow, I’ll be adding a feature that provides each user with the ability to enter their own Feedbite Title to be displayed on their public page, instead of their username being shown. I’ll also be cleaning up some of the registration process to make things easier for people to sign up.
Anywho, gotta run…almost 5!
Until next time,
PS – let me know any features you would like to see added and we can talk about it.
Posted September 18th, 2008 by admin
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