New Feature: Top Podcasts

May 22nd, 2006

As you may have guessed from my last post, I've been working on identifying podcasts from among the thousands of feeds you have submitted to the site. Now, in addition to the Top 100 feeds, you can keep an eye on the top podcasts.

Here's the new Top Podcasts.

Quick Update

May 20th, 2006

A few features I've been working on this past week --

Share Your OPML periodcally will scan Dave's new ping server for updates and refresh the subscription lists for any updated OPML files. In addition, we're polling all remote-hosted OPML subscription lists (as opposed to uploaded subscription lists) for changes on a daily basis.

I wasn't too thrilled with the look of the RSS Aggregator, so I worked on that a bit and I think it looks a lot better.

I also spent a fair amount of time tweaking some of the database queries -- backend things, but I think there's a noticable improvement in speed and in showing you what you expect to see.

Finally, I've been working on what I think will be a really nice feature relating to podcasting that I hope we'll roll out very soon.

New Feature: RSS Aggregator

May 15th, 2006

Share Your OPML now has an RSS aggregator that is automatically subscribed to the feeds in the Top 100. The aggregator itself is powered by Dave Winer's NewsRiver aggregator, and it updates every 10 minutes.

Pardon The Interruption

May 9th, 2006

After the success of our first day on Monday, the last thing I expected to wake up to today was problems with the server -- but, boy did we have problems with the server!

Those of you who tried to use the service starting late last night (my time) and continuing through most of today no doubt experienced all sorts of difficulty. I'm really sorry about that. Here's what happened in a nutshell.

Essentially, one of our database queries was not properly optimized -- that's webadmin-speak for I dropped the ball. Under other circumstances, that oversight probably never would have come to light. Unfortunately, that database query was the guts to one of the pages users most wanted to link to on their blogs. And when the search bots started crawling those links, we got crushed.

Then, as if that weren't enough, while I was diagnosing the problem this morning, trying to make sure I hadn't overlooked anything else, one of the database tables got corrupted, which in turn caused nearly every query on the database to come to a grinding halt.

Both of those problems have been solved. Hopefully, that'll be the worst hiccup we suffer.

Bottom line: we didn't roll out any new features today. ;)

To the hundreds of people who had the perseverance to sign up today even with all of our server trouble -- THANKS!

What a First Day!

May 8th, 2006

Wow! We got an overwhelmingly positive response to the new Share Your OPML launch, today. To everyone who wrote about the site, submitted a comment, posted to the mail list: thank you.

A lot of people made feature requests and suggestions, many of them touching on ideas we already had in mind. We'll be implementing new features along the way, and today we took care of a few basic and essential ones, including:

  • Added a preferences page, where users can change their name and password
  • Added a new page for users to view their own feeds [Via Toby Padilla and Mike Arrington in comments on TechCrunch]
  • Changed the presentation of the "View Shared Feeds Of..." page to include links to the blog home page and feed URL [Thanks, Niall]

Welcome to Share Your OPML!

May 2nd, 2006

The purpose of this site is to gather a community of subscription lists, in OPML format, and aggregate them in interesting ways.

Please review the FAQ, become a member, and upload or enter the URL of your OPML file.