Resolved – Community & Topic feeds are working again!

Just resolved community & topic feeds duplicate items issue.

Sorry all for inconvenience. 🙁

Please don’t get annoyed if something goes wrong again. Just contact me via comments/email or anyway as per your convenience.

This is my first project in PHP as well as in public domain so it will take some time for me to fix codes…

I am tried like hell now… so to all commentators, I will post my reply tomorrow!

Sorry again….

Good Night! 🙂

Open Issue with community and topic feeds…

Sorry for all community and topic feeds subscribers. If you are using Google reader then you may be annoyed with duplicates items…

Just saw this new issue while leaving my PC. Will fix in it in next 24 hours.

Sorry for inconvenience… 🙁

Thank You Darnell for First Donation…

Thanks for Donation

It has been more than a month since I have started OrkutFeeds. Since then this service received lots of support & appreciation from many fellow bloggers. But what I was missing honestly a review on insideorkut by Darnell Clayton – biggest authority on orkut.

Well the review by Darnell is here. And one step ahead to show his appreciation & support for this service he also donated to Orkutfeeds… 🙂

Now on this nice occasion I want to highlight something very important for orkutfeeds users. I was asked one question over and over again… “Whats your plan to monetize orkutfeeds?” or “Whats your business model?” or something like this only…

Everytime my answer was same and simple… First orkutfeeds is not a business to me. I always referred to it as a service. Its my payback to all orkut users for their love and support which helped me decide what to do with my life!

Technically yes, orkutfeeds is bandwidth incentive service and may burns hole in my pocket in future. But I am optimistic about few things…

  • First I am planning some major optimization to codes in June. They will bring down bandwidth requirement considerably.
  • I hope more generous people like Darnell will come forward to help.
  • My professional blog will generate some extra bucks to feed orkutfeeds…
  • Orkut will come up with this feature officially one day…

Still question remains why I am not advertising here to make some extra bucks. Although some feed advertisers showed interest in putting ads in feeds generated by orkutfeeds, I am not comfortable with this idea as the content in feeds are not written by me. I feel its evil to advertise on someone else’ content.

Next I also don’t want to clutter homepage of Orkutfeeds. In fact I am trying my levels best to help orkut user get feeds without ever visiting homepage! 😉

Now remains this blog. First this blog have no large readership. Next this is not a commercial blog. So I feel its contradiction to make money from a blog which is about a free service!

Finally orkutfeeds idea is not mine. The original idea was by Vikas and contents are by orkut user. So I feel its evil to make money by just coding for few nights on someone else idea and content!

So bottomline is, orkutfeeds will remain ad-free and if something go wrong in future I will release the codes in open-source so that people with spare bandwidth can host orkutfeeds on their servers!

Also I will try to give more time to OrkutFeeds now on. It has a long to-do list pending here…

Thanks again Darnell for being first donor!

Image Credits – “Thank You For Your Donation” by Shamufilth (via Flickr).

We are back… Sorry for downtime!

First I apologize for long downtime of almost 24 hours!

Act when I noticed it yesterday for the first time, I thought like previous time orkut server was down so ignored it for first few hours.

Act there is one similarity between last weeks and yesterdays downtime – Script was working fine on localhost i.e. my machine in India but failing on DreamHost server in CA, US!

Also I use SVN for my all codes so I am quite sure about changes getting synchronized properly everywhere!

Anyway this cud only justify 2-3 hours but what next! Next thing I did I went home (I was in office while conducting above tests) and worst was waiting for me. My SMPSs fan was jammed so system was experiencing thermal shutdown! 🙁

So it took me a little longer as I have to fix codes from my office. So everything is working fine now…

But I am still wondering why it went wrong in the first place! I mean it never stopped working on my localhost then why it went into problem on DreamHost servers???

My only conclusion from this fix is for CURL team. CURL is great without doubt but it should have handled cookies more transparently!

Anyway as a user of orkutfeeds, all I can promise to you… Never get panic if you see our DOWNTIME error message in feed! That only means things will working back soon. Do not unsubscribe! We will let you know that too either, if in feature we choose to quit permanently…

Update by Devdatta: If you have noticed my scrapbook content when you were expecting your scraps, then sorry again. I made a foolish mistake. All should be well now! (atleast… gush) 🙂

Subscribe To Orkut Communities & Topics now!

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Just now I am done with adding support for Orkut Communities & Topics feed! A week earlier from planned schedule! 😉

Now you have in total 3 options…

  • orkut scrapbook feed
  • orkut community feed
  • topic level feed

Yep. We serve community feeds and topics feeds separately! Act after developing community feeds, coding topic feed was child’s play! 😀

Also following things has been updated….

  • Subscription form on OrkutFeeds homepage now accept any valid URL from Orkut. A valid URL means any Orkut URL which can be subscribed! You can just copy-n-paste any Orkut URL now and we will server you relevant feeds! 🙂
  • GreaseMonkey Script (Install Link) also changed so that it will show subscription links whenever you visit any Orkut page that can be subscribed! Feed junkies should use this option as using this they can subscribe to feeds directly without visiting our homepage!
  • Also changes has been made to javascript bookmarklet.

Now its your turn to let us know if we are missing something!

Good night for now… 🙂

Its 3:16 AM here in India!

Links: OrkutFeeds Homepage