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Now Auto Tweet Your Feed Updates!

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

We are very glad to bring another valuable feature to all the FeedManager users today – the Auto Tweet. This again is one of the features from our long list of features we have set our focus on developing in the coming months.

As the name suggests, once you enable this feature for a given feed in your FeedManager account, all your updates to that feed will automatically show up in your Twitter timeline. This not only will save you all the time and energy you would spend doing this manually but will also help spread your feed updates virally, and the very instant you publish them!

To enable this must-have feature, please follow the instructions on the Auto Tweet help page.

Please note: This feature is available for Basic and above accounts only.

Happy Feed Tweeting!

Now own your Feed completely with the Branded Feed URLs

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

We are glad to announce that we are rolling out the “Branded Feed URLs” feature today. This is one of the features from our long list of features we have set our focus on developing in the coming months.

With Branded Feed URLs you can now use your own domain name to distribute your feeds instead of the regular{YourFeedId}/ URLs. Although, your feeds will still be hosted with us and nothing changes in the background or the way your RapidFeeds account works, using Branded Feed URLs all your feeds can be made accessible through URLs like{YourFeedId}/.

How is it useful?

Branding your feeds and serving them from your own domain name is crucial if you want to retain your feed’s identity, give your feed subscribers a more seamless experience, enhance customer recognition of you brand and cultivate brand loyalty among your customers. This is now possible using the Branded Feed URL feature which gives you greater control over how your subscribers access your feed.

Sounds Interesting!  How can I set up Branded URL for my feed?

Login to your FeedManager account, go to the “Feed Configuration” page for the desired feed, click on the “Branded Feed URL” tab and follow the instructions.

Please note: This feature will be available in all the  Pro and Enterprise accounts only

As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please write to us at

Happy Branding!

Scheduled Downtime – Sunday, April 25

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Update: Thanks all for your patience while we upgraded our systems! We really appreciate it!  Everything went as planned (in fact better since we were actually down only for over an hour)!  Everything is now back in place and we are fully up and running.  However, if at all you find any thing fishy happening or broken then please report it to  Thanks again!

We are planning a scheduled downtime on Sunday, April 25. Our services will be unavailable between 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM IST (12:30 A.M. to 08:30 A.M. EDT) for maintenance and upgrades. Hope you will bear with us.


Upcoming Features and Service Enhancements

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

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:

Upcoming Features

* 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.

* CName
This feature will allow you to brand your feeds by way of customizing your feed URL to your own domain rather than Your feeds will still be hosted with us and served from 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 for anything that you wish to. We’ll be happy to hear from you!

Free (Default) Package revised. Included iTunes, Scheduling and Password Protection!

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Thanks to each one of you who wrote to us with your concerns, requests and suggestions for our Freemium model.  We must say, we were overwhelmed and truly appreciate each one of your emails!

Keep them coming!

From the numerous requests we received, the one that surfaced as the major and the most common among all of you who wished to continue with the Free package was to include the Support for iTunes in it as well. And we are glad to announce that we recognized the need and have revised the Free Package to include not just iTunes, but Scheduling and Password Protection as well!

For those of you who showed interest in knowing about the upcoming features for the paid packages, we have the list almost ready and we’ll post it here shortly.  So stay tuned.

Enjoy the Freemium!

Package details for FeedManager

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Update: Free (Default) Package revised. Included iTunes, Scheduling and Password Protection! Learn more

As we mentioned in our earlier post, in order to equip ourselves to provide you an improved overall service, we have decided to follow the Freemium model for FeedManager going forward.

What this means to all the users signing up for FeedManager starting today is that the Freemium model will be immediately effective for them, and they’ll have to subscribe to a package to start using FeedManager.

But if you are an existing FeedManager user as of today, you can continue to use the FeedManager without any difference in service until July 1, 2010.  However, with effect from July 1, 2010 the unlimited use of FeedManager will no longer be available to you for free of charge.  Rather, it will be available via 4 different levels of free and paid packages as described below:


To keep the service free of any interruptions beginning July 1, 2010, we have put in place for you a system, using which you can subscribe in advance to the package that suits your needs best starting right now!  However, you will start getting billed for your package only from July 1, 2010 and not before that.  Moreover, you can still continue to use the unlimited version of FeedManager without any difference in service until July 1, 2010 on which date your account will be automatically converted to the package you opted for.

We highly recommend you to subscribe to the package that suits your needs best as early as possible to avoid any interruptions in service when the Freemium model would take effect on July 1, 2010.  Please follow the below give instructions to subscribe:

1. Login to your RapidFeeds account
2. Go to the Billing tab
3. Select your package and billing cycle
4. Subscribe via PayPal
5. You are done!

Important:  Please not that the FeedManager accounts of all the users who did not susbscibe to a package as of July 1, 2010 will be automatically converted to the “FeedManager Free” package.  This would mean that all the feeds in your account, except the oldest one will be automatically disabled and you’ll not be able to use them or execute any functions like edit, add item, update etc. on them.  Also, all the advanced features which are not part of the “FeedManager Free” package will be automatically disabled for your active feed as well.  You’ll however have an option to go back and upgrade your account to any of the paid packages and your feeds and the advanced features will be restored accordingly.

Please feel free to write to us at if you have any questions in this regard and we shall get back to you as soon as possible.

Improved Service, Prompt Support, 99% uptime, New Features and much more with FeedManager Freemium

Monday, April 5th, 2010

It’s been a terrific journey of 5 years in public service for our free to use FeedManager since its inception back in February 2005.  Thanks to each one of you who used it, for your continued patronage and to make it such a success!

Over the years we have received numerous love mails from many of you who used FeedManager and a lot of you had many great things to suggest. Thanks again! Many of you have also expressed in your emails how important a few things, like quicker responses to your support emails, 99% uptime guarantee, faster feed-serving and page-load times etc. were to you, and we did our best to give you for free what was possible of us with all the time, real money, energy and effort we could spare.

Things have been scaling at a great speed at the technical side as well with ever increasing adoption of our services, growing number of feeds created, increasing number of subscriptions to the users’ feeds etc. (not to forget RSS feed serving itself is a highly resource intensive job) demanding more and more Processing Power, Bandwidth, Memory and other resources. Nevertheless, we have always tried our best to keep pace with all this and to provide a smooth service, with frequent hardware and software upgrades, intensive optimizations etc. This obviously has cost us real money but we still kept the service free of charge all this while!

However, in some serious discussions during the past few weeks, we at RapidFeeds have analysed a great deal of data including the demand vs. our capacity to supply, user feature-request trends, support / inquiry email volumes vs. response time history, feed uptime value to our users and its impact on their businesses, traffic vs. resources required for faster feed-serving and page-load time, and much more, and came to a conclusion that we can create a win win situation for both our users and RapidFeeds by adopting the ‘Freemium’ model going forward.

This ‘Freemium’ model will make available our services in form of different packages (free and paid) that will put us in a better position to cater to the needs of our users based on their demand. In other words, using this model our users will be able to reserve for themselves, for a very little price, a degree of resources in all aspects based on their requirements and enjoy a greater level of service.

On the other hand, the money that flows in will allow us to employ more resources to further improve and scale our services, guarantee 99% uptime, decrease the TAT (Turn Around Time) for support requests, provide dedicated support to the users who need it, upgrade hardware and software from time to time to ensure uninterupted service, develop new features and much much more!

We hope this sounds as exciting to you as it does to us!  We’ll post here further details in this regard shortly, including the package details and prices.  So watch this space and stay tuned!

Special Note: We would like to thank each one of you who took the survey we sent out recently.  Your responses have been of great help and one of the main factors in deciding the future of RapidFeeds. Thanks again!

Broadening the coverage of User Agents for more accurate Stats

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

You might see a sudden increase in your feed traffic in the next few days.  Please be happy that there is nothing wrong with our stats system and all that traffic is genuine.  You might see this sudden plunge in subscriptions and traffic to your feeds as we are broadening the coverage of User Agents.  This is a routine at the backend to include in our stats system the new User Agents from time to time as they become more popular to track subscriptions and hits from them.   However, this time around there are more than a few User Agents that we are adding to our database and this might make your graphs surge a little if your users are using these agents.  Also, for the few users for whom the Google Reader subscriptions were not showing up, the good news is that this is now fixed and you should be able to see the subscriptions and hits coming from the Google Reader to your feeds.


New and Improved Help Center Your Way!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

In our quest to serve you better and better, we have totally revamped the Help Center and made it much more user friendly and useful.  This update was pushed a few weeks ago and was being tested so some of the users might have already noticed the change!  Now you can find all the help you need with RapidFeeds documented in this space here: – bookmark it now!

We tried to cover most of the topics in these documents, but if you feel something is missing, please feel free to request the inclusion by sending an email to  We’ll be adding and updating the documents to this space as and when required.


A very Happy New Year 2008!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

As 2007 winds to a close and we get ready to welcome 2008, we wanted to take a moment to thank all our users and wish a very happy and a prosperous new year!

2007 has been a great year at RapidFeeds. We have successfully introduced numerous features in our services like password protection of feeds, iTunes and Creative Commons support, OPML for feeds, in-depth feed statistics, custom MySite templates and several others, and have received a great response to all our efforts.  We have also introduced our first premium package and are astound with the response we are receiving to it. 

We see 2008 as an even more active year with many more useful and interesting features lined up for release.  We are determined to continue our hard work to give you the best we can and promise to work on all the possible suggestions and feedback you have for us.

MySite Pro Free Trial:
And now, to start with this prosperous year, we would like to introduce a 15 day free trial of MySite Pro.  This is for all the users who have not yet subscribed to this package and would like to try it before they do.  If you are interested then shoot us an email at to request this trial.

Please go to the MySite Pro page and subscribe to the MySite Pro package with a 15 day trial.

Once again, we wish you a very happy new year!