Welcome to RssFwd!

July 25, 2007 at 1:15 pm 16 comments

Thanks for stopping by. We have decided to set up an “official” RssFwd.com blog thats focused solely on this service. We have a lot of updates and positive changes coming up in the near future and we want to make sure you know about them!

As many of you may know RssFwd was acquired by my company, Blue Sky Factory, Inc, earlier this year. I have to say, it has been a true pleasure working with Choon Keat, and we are excited that he remains passionate about RssFwd and continues on with us as the prime developer.

We would love to hear from you, our users. Tell us what you like, what you don’t like, and what we can do to better improve our service. RssFwd remains a simple, yet effective way to have RSS based content delivered right to your inbox.

We also love to hear about the unique and interesting ways people are using the service. If you haven’t seen some of the latest press, check out these two articles on how folks are using the service to get RSS updates to their mobile phones:

Lifehacker – Get feed updates via text message – July 12th by Gina Trapani
TUAW – Receive RSS feeds as SMS messages – July 13th by Erica Sadun

We look forward to hearing from you, and stay tuned for more updates and improvements to the service!


Entry filed under: Email, RSS, Tips & Tricks.

New Feature:Email Digests

16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Albatross  |  July 26, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Choon,

    there seem to be some severe disruptions in the RSSFWD forwarding. I am getting only a few feeds forwarded. I compared the fwd’d emails from RSSFWD with the content in my feed reader side by side – and the diff is big. in MY ACCOUNT on the RSSFWD site – looking at the OPML list – I see a lot of error 304 and some other ones.

    I like your service – and have been using it for a while. please let me know if this is a one time bug, a temporary situation due to further developments etc etc ( maybe a post on this blog – or email me ) .

    best – Albatross

  • 2. choonkeat  |  July 27, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Thanks for posting to us. One of the polling queue was indeed having problems, in fact it stopped out right. I’ve restarted that queue, hopefully the polling will catch up now

    The 304 actually means the feed reported “no newer content than the last time”, so it should not be a concern there. But I’ll keep an eye on that issue no less

  • 3. Adam  |  July 28, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    RssFwd is great, yea I’ve noticed some sporadic-ness (is that a word? :P) like, I just got a huge surge of incoming feeds from RssFwd, to include a notice of this post (great touch!).

    The only “improvement” I’d like to see, is an easier way of managing my feed options…perhaps just a simple toggle list to change subcription options and more specifically, changing from Clustered to “Normal”.

    I’m in the phase, where some of my feeds are set to Normal, but I really like the Clustered formatting better, but it would take probably an hour, to go through every subscription, clicking around, etc. to set each feed to Clustered.

  • 4. Adam  |  July 28, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    A simpler/easier way to modify feeds would be great.

    I’m in this dilemma where I like the Clustered feeds, but it would take probably an hour of clicking to “change” all my feeds from Normal to Clustered…

    Maybe add toggle boxes or something, all on 1 page for Unsubscribing, Normal/Clustered, etc.

  • 5. choonkeat  |  July 29, 2007 at 1:42 am

    Hi Adam,

    The disruptions and “sporadic-ness” were due to a bad implementation of polling with “If-Modified-Since” headers. I’ve turned that off now, so the polling should be prompt and normal. I’ll give it another better (RTFM) try next time

    Glad to know you like the Clustered support. I’ll see what I can do abt the interface.

  • 6. Alessandro Vernet  |  July 30, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Excellent idea to put up this blog! Choon and everyone involved, keep up the great work; RssFwd is a great service, and I think a lot of people here will agree with this statement :).

  • 7. gregcangialosi  |  July 31, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks Alessandro! we appreciate the kind words!

  • 8. Straus  |  August 13, 2007 at 7:59 am

    How can I unsubscribe this interesting service?

    Many thanks in advance


  • 9. choonkeat  |  August 13, 2007 at 9:26 am

    @Straus: This screenshot should be clear http://r9.sharedcopy.com/4rp6471

  • 10. Steve Crow  |  August 15, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    Am I the only one who’s getting lots of duplicates during the last couple days? Multiple RSS feeds seem to be impacted. I’m getting multiple copies of the same message delivered all at the same time, as well as duplicate copies of RSS posts originally delivered a day or two ago. Any idea what’s going on?

  • 11. choonkeat  |  August 16, 2007 at 1:16 am

    @steve: The best thing to do is to send me a pair of samples – 2 duplicate emails. Even better if they are the raw email so I can even inspect headers etc. You can reach me at choonkeat at gmail.com

  • 12. Andries  |  August 23, 2007 at 8:09 am

    We are using RssFwd as a service to the readers of our blog. Over the past week I noticed that we did not get every post forwarded, there were some outages, and the website rssfwd.com seems to be unreachable. Could you clear this?

  • 13. choonkeat  |  August 23, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    @Andries: the polling and emailing service is pretty independent of the website’s uptime, so that shouldn’t affect each other. If you could email me (choonkeat at gmail) the posts that were not forwarded, but in the feed, then I could run a check for you?

  • 14. M  |  October 26, 2007 at 8:35 am

    i am so happy to find abt rss fwd. i have abt 1000 feeds. all related to stocks and tech news. the biggest challenge was to browse through them and read exactly what i need. in many cases i just need to read the feeds that have say key words like “china digital TV” etc. To do so, i have do a search on google reader every time. I need to do this for all the keywords. tagging feeds might help. But search is still needed by end of the day.

    by having these feeds emailed, i can dynamically assign labels in gmail and then get to read according to my priority.

    good work and thanks.

  • 15. Claude Renaud  |  October 28, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Choon Keat, about new possible upcoming features, what about having the possibility to monitor https feeds such as some mozilla ones as https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/recommended/format:rss ?

  • 16. Lazza  |  November 21, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Hi. This is a very nice service, but I think it can be a bit improved. For example it would be great to have the ability for publishers to register on the site and have a control panel. From that, they could select in what way the feed is delivered, and also if they want to send the entire article or only a part of it. Just like the similar service Feedblitz.


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