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Dear Page2RSS users,

We would like to announce that we are about to drop Google Friend Connect support from our site. That means that you will be unable to log in into My Feeds area using Friend Connect. No worries, you can still use your twitter account.

We are planning some features for near future, please stay tuned.

Happy Holidays!

Alex

Fixed Bloglines Link in Chrome Extension

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I puzzles us who from Bloglines may got an idea of making life hard for own customers. Their own official method of subscribing to the feed does not work if there is no referrer passed along with the request. Nice.

We updated our Chrome Extension to do what everybody (Firefox, Chrome etc.) does. We send subscription request to Bloglines' login page. Even if you are logged in you will be asked to enter you credentials again.

Bloglines link at the feed page will still work normally.

Introducing Google Chrome Extension

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Google Chrome has extensions now and we decided to try create one for Page2RSS.

Overall experience is very straightforward. If there are no any feeds detected on the page you will see the Page2RSS icon the address bar. Clicking on the icon will open the popup with the subscription choices.

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Grab the Page2RSS Google Chrome Extension and enjoy.

Introducing Twitter support

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We are exited to announce that now Page2RSS can post feed updates directly to your Twitter account. We tried hard to make the process as simple as possible. This is how it works.

Click to Twitter link at your feed page.

Twitter LinkYou will be redirected to Twitter with request to connect Page2RSS to your Twitter account.

Twitter Login

After you’ve entered you Twitter user name and password you will be redirected back to the Page2RSS site. We will not have access to your twitter password. We use OAuth authentication protocol that allows users to approve application to act on their behalf without sharing their password. Twitter Feeds

That is it.

You can Connect more than one Twitter account to the Page2RSS. Each feed could be configured to update separate Twitter account.

Join Page2RSS using Google Friend Connect you will be able to access your Twitter feeds using ether your Twitter or Friend Connect account.

Got questions? We would be happy to hear from you. Please don't hesitate to comment on this blog, ask us at our discussion group or twit us at twitter.com/page2rss.

Happy Tweeting!

Problem with the Crawlers

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We've been upgrading our infrastructure this weekend. Everything went according to the plan except our crawlers are very slow right now. The are the plenty of the pages that has not been checked for as long as three days.

We are doing our best to isolate and fix the problem, but the is no ETA right now. We hope everything will be back to normal in a couple days. We will keep you updated.

Update (March 16): Our crawlers hum with even greater speed then before. We expect to clear all backlog in a couple hours and things will be back to normal again.

RSS Feed for National Press Club Upcoming Library Events

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National Press Club posted the instruction how to obtain RSS feed of upcoming library events:

The official club calendar doesn’t have RSS feeds yet, but there is still a way to get a RSS feed of all the upcoming library events. You can enter the library events page URL, http://www.press.org/library/events.cfm, into the Page URL box on Page2RSS, http://page2rss.com/. After the resulting link is plugged into your feed reader you will receive a notice every time something is added to the library events page.

There is a simple way to announce there is an RSS feed on the page. As a webmaster you can include direct link to Page2RSS feed. Format is very straight forward http://page2rss.com/rss?url=http://yourwebsite.com/mypage.html. Substitute http://yourwebsite.com/mypage.html with address of your page and that's it.

This how direct link to National Press Club library events will look like http://page2rss.com/rss?url=www.press.org/library/events.cfm. Note that you can safely omit http:// part of URL.

Adding RSS Autodiscovery will make all recent browsers show nice RSS Icon in the address bar. That will make it easier for people to subscribe to your RSS feed. To enable autodiscovery you have to include on line of code inside the head tag of your HTML document:

<link
rel="alternate"
type="application/rss+xml"
title="The Eric Friedheim Library: Events and Classes - Page2RSS"
href="http://page2rss.com/rss?url=www.press.org/library/events.cfm">

Page2RSS Downtime

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Perharps everybody noticed several hours of downtime of Page2RSS on May 15. Here is the story.

That morning we found that our domain does not exists anymore. Our registrar, GoDaddy, has suspended the domain and send an email requiring to remove specific content. The problem is that they did it without any notification. No phone calls. Yes, sometimes they call us pitching some additional service. No, they didn't call this time.

Quick investigation revealed that somebody used Page2RSS to obtain feed of warez site featuring full text of: Half-Life 2 Mods For Dummies (ISBN: 0470096314), Windows Vista For Dummies (ISBN: 0471754218). Investigators hired by John Wiley & Sons, Inc, copyright owner, didn't contact us, but contacted our domain registrar GoDaddy instead. They sent a letter with the subject "Demand for Immediate Take-Down: Notice of Infringing Activity" at 8:09, Go Daddy Software's owned IP was here at 8:12. Very shortly after that, the domain page2rss.com disappeared from the internet.

It took 30 seconds to remove the content and write an email to CopyrightClaims@GoDaddy.com. Several hours to wait until they read the email and turn the domain back on. When we have to fix the dns records GoDaddy broke and wait until all changes propagated on the internet.

Thank you, GoDaddy for teaching us such a great experience - we didn't know that it was a bad idea to deal with GoDaddy.

Thank you, Ms. Internet Investigator from far overseas, for your hard work on keeping US Internet free of links to illegal copies of Windows Vista For Dummies. Keep it up! Next time try to contact ICANN, maybe they will shutdown the entire .COM.Thank you for not shutting down Google for exactly the same.

Thank you, unknown hacker from another far overseas, for keeping the Ms. Internet Investigator employed and for revealing what GoDaddy actually is.

Thank you, SlashDot crowd, for support on the similar case with seclists.org.

Thank you, Fyodor, for your nodaddy.com

Well... Could somebody recommend a registrar who, at least, contact it's customers first?