New Feature:Email Digests

August 16, 2007 at 2:04 am 7 comments

I’d resisted for a long time to release a feature like this. Reading feeds that have frequent daily updates, have always been dealt with by using the “Cluster” feature in RssFwd. And that has worked just fine up until now.

The fact is, is that there are many non-Gmail users fo RssFwd, and they need a different solution.

Subscription preference available as dropdown selection

I’ve modified the subscription options form to look like the above image. You will find that the “Clustered” checkbox is now gone. This has been replaced with a new drop down selection for you to choose between “Normal” and “Clustered.”

In addition, I’ve sneaked in a few more options last week:

New subscription preferences

“Digest” for morning, afternoon, evening or night. What this means is that you can choose when you would like to receive your email. If you subscribe to CNN & Slashdot in the evening digest, you will get 1 email containing all the updates from both feeds for the day.

And in case you’re wondering, it will be in your timezone. If you choose “every evening“, it is your evening. Not mine. Not Greenwich Mean Time. And you don’t have to live in the US. This detail a big deal for me. Hopefully you’ll find it useful as well.

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Entry filed under: digests, Email, Features, RSS.

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  • […] So, we listened to our user base, and Choon coded out an incredible digest feature set. You can read more on the blog. […]

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  • 2. James  |  August 31, 2007 at 4:49 am

    Nice! I’m trying out the clustered feature. Didn’t even know it existed…

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  • 3. Adam  |  September 21, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    That’s sooo funny, I tried subscribing another address up with rssfwd…wow, Gmail + Clustering is awesome (for Gmail users anyways).

    Makes me wonder why other e-mail providers don’t move towards clustering…then again, Google probably has it patented or something now, eh? 😛 lol.

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  • 4. Kristen  |  September 21, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Is there any way to use your product with a secure RSS feed? If not, do you know of any RSS to email service that does allow this?

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  • 5. choonkeat  |  September 22, 2007 at 4:38 am

    For feeds requiring HTTP Auth, you can place the username and password in the URL like such:

    Assuming your URL is:
    http://server/feed.xml

    You can change to this instead:
    http://username:password@server/feed.xml

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  • 6. Claude Renaud  |  September 22, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Ok Choonkeat, but how to do with feeds as Mozilla ones such as https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/recommended/format:rss which use the secured http protocol, apparently no compatible with rssfwd yet ?

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  • 7. Excellent  |  October 6, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    Dear Choonkeat,
    Excellent service.

    Please keep it up.

    Can you tell us how fast you updated the feeds.

    i.e. if a new appears on my blog, and someone has suscribed to it. After how much time will the rssfwd email reach him. (provided he has chosen immediate email option)?

    thanks

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