After months and months of coding and redesign, we’ve finally put the RSS feature online. You can now replace the generic two sentence blurb in the middle of your page with any xml feed!
If you haven’t heard of RSS, you’re not alone. RSS has been around for some time, but has just recently started to become popular. The new RSS system is a simple but powerful feature that allows users to subscribe to a newsfeed or podcast listed in the preferences – or enter one from another site.
Selecting an RSS feed will allow you to get the latest news or content delivered right to your start page. Each time a new item on the feed is updated, the paragraph of information on your page will update as well. If CNN posts a new story, it shows up on your start page. If Ask a Ninja posts a new podcast, you’ll be the first to know.
This is the first of several new features finally making their way onto the preferences panel. For a while, we considered having an “advanced” preferences panel so as not to confuse users who just wanted the basic functions. Rather than switching back and forth however, we’ve come up with a more simple solution.
Advanced settings are going to appear on the right hand side in a special box, and you’re going to have the ability to add or subtract them from your preferences panel. By default, the new RSS feature will be turned off. If you’d like to add that option to your preferences, you can click the link in the right hand menu. As new features are added, you’ll also have the ability to go to your preferences and add them. We have two or three more major things we’ve already started working on. Keep checking the DevLog for details.
Ironically, if you want all the latest DevLog details delivered to your start page, you should probably NOT use the new RSS feature. We’ll still be updating the default two sentence blurb on a regular basis.
UPDATE: Tonight we updated the default announce paragraph to randomize messages. There’s currently seven of them, covering the various features of the site. We didn’t want non-RSS users to feel left out of today’s update!