Following our announcment of the Freemium model for FeedManager, a lot of you have showed interest in knowing more about the features and service enhancements we would be investing in and here is the quick list summed up for you.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of items, nor is it in the order of priority. It is just what we have set our focus on for the coming months:
* Real-Time Feeds
We will implement technologies like RSSCloud and PubSubHubBub to enable real-time updates for your feeds. This will make your RSS feeds available to your users the very instant you hit the publish button.
* Twitter Updates:
This feature will automate for you the process of posting on Twitter about the new items and podcasts that you add to your RSS feeds from time to time. This surely will make your life easier saving you all the effort you need to go and manually do so.
* Podcast Themes
With this you will have all the new browser friendly styles for your podcasting feeds that would enhance your feeds’ appearance when viewed in different browsers with more organized page style and highlighted subscription options etc. making it even easier for your users to subscribe to your feeds and perhaps increasing the conversion rate.
* Deeper iTunes integration
Once implemented, the item level iTunes tags will also be added in your RSS feed. Specifically, the Podcast media file play-time will be available in the itunes. Moreover, all the info of your files will be automatically calculated and added just like the enclosure details.
* Monetization options for your Feeds
We are exploring all the possibilities and will add monetization support for your feeds whereby you can display advertisements within your feeds and monetize on them.
* Update Feed via Email
This will allow you add items and podcasts to you feeds from anywhere, anytime, by simply sending an email to a given email address using any device. This means you can add items and podcasts to your feeds without even login into your RapidFeeds account!
* User Interface improvements
We have identified many potential areas within the website where we will further improve the UI so that it will save you some clicks, make the interface more intuitive, loads faster etc. This should perhaps make your job on RapidFeeds done even Rapidly!
* Mobile compatible version of RapidFeeds
We’ll be launching this whole new interface for you to be able to use RapidFeeds on your mobile devices with convenience.
* Better Support
We will transition out from Email Support and will set up a Support Ticket System instead. This will enable our support team to prioretize, better track and respond quicker to all your support queries.
This feature will allow you to brand your feeds by way of customizing your feed URL to your own domain rather than feeds.rapidfeeds.com. Your feeds will still be hosted with us and served from RapidFeeds.com in the backend, but what the user sees is your domain name and not RapidFeeds anywhere. This will also give you a permanent URL for your feeds that’s owned completely by you for ever, wither you use RapidFeeds or not!
* Performance Improvements
We have a lot of backend improvements in our pipeline which would significantly improve various aspects of our applications and uptime. This will ensure you an even better experience using our services apart from robust and reliable service all the time.
* Automatic Backup of Feeds
This will ensure retrieval of your feeds if you happen to accidentally delete them!
Some of you have requested for this but doing this haven’t been feasible for us yet. However, if we receive more requests in the future we may as well release the API for our services. In the meanwhile, please feel free to get in touch with us if you think you have some really cool ideas around it and if we find them interesting we may plan to prioritize this!
* iPhone and other mobile Apps for RapidFeeds
So that you get more options to update your feeds even on the go!
We hope this sounds as exciting to you as it does to us!
We have our ears wide open for any questions, suggestions or concerns you might have. So please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for anything that you wish to. We’ll be happy to hear from you!