Temporary Workaround for Private Scrapbooks!

Those orkut users who have private scrapbook and tried subscribing to it earlier was showed error message like “THIS SCRAPBOOK IS PRIVATE!”

We are still somewhat reluctant to ask for your orkut login information but a temporary workaround is in place.

The solution is to add Orkutfeeds Bot to your Orkut friend-list.

Our Bots profile is here!

Note approving friend-request may take time as I have to do it manually. But all requests will be approved in time so if you have added OrkutFeeds bot to your friend-list then you can go ahead with subscribing to feed showing error message to you.

That way you no need to visit our site again when we accept your friend-request. Once its accepted scraps will start appearing in your reader! 🙂

This workaround is in place from yesterday and its working successfully!

I am planning to solve community feeds issue by this weekend.

Then I will come up with a solution to accept your Orkut logins (if needed) with encryption of course! 😉

Unfortunately Google API Authentication doesn’t works with Orkut otherwise things would have been much easier…

Anyway let me get back to community feeds… yep I am working on it… 🙂


OrkutFeeds Bot Profile Link: http://www.orkut.com/Profile.aspx?uid=10226448830416481862

Google Reader – "Mark As Read" issue fixed!

Devdatta few days back informed about a bug. Even if he was marking scraps as read they were appearing again.

Actually it took 3 days to figure out where the bug is. Fixing it after that was childs play! 😉

There is guid tag is RSS Feed which supposed to be unique per atom. I guess Google Reader uses this to keep track of which item was marked.

Now problem was if look at scrapbook at any time  there might be more than one scrap from same friend. So using friends orkut profile link was resulting is collision.

Then I appended small random string to URL to avoid collision. Here at this point I messed code. Now guid was unique but random so for same item on every access Google Reader was getting new guid’s! So it was failing to keep track of read scraps!

Now change I made is: replaced random string by md5 hash! Now its unique and permanent as md5 has is computed using scraps content part only which is uneditable in any way!

Point of this story is – feeds produced by Orkutfeeds now should work with Google Reader & other feed reader without any problem!

If problem persists, let us know… 🙂

OrkutFeeds Launched…


On 21st Feb Orkutfeeds launched under its own domain http://www.orkutfeeds.com/.

I wanted to give it a subdomain like orkutfeeds.devilsworkshop.org but my friend Vijay & Anil strongly opposed to my that idea. So I had to register a new domain!

Actually I am not planning to make money from this service. Thats why I was reluctant to buy something for this. Anyway its looking nice with its own domain…

I also posted a review on my main blog – Devils Workshop about this!

It doesn’t support communities yet like earlier scripts used to do in past… I will try to add that feature soon!

All I can predict about this service at this moment is that it will be free & spam-free forever! 🙂