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Thursday, January 01, 2009


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Maybe this is a stupid question. But, how exactly do you use FeedDemon to read Twitter?

@Ajay: just subscribe to your Twitter stream - the feed is at http://twitter.com/statuses/friends_timeline.atom

Wow, that's great! You do an awesome job on FeedDemon!

Will this update also be in an update of NetNewsWire?

I am curious about one thing though: how the profile pictures display. I understand the need for an Atom feed, but what doesn't make sense to me is the folder synchronization.

I understand if it's not possible for some reason... It just sparked my curiosity. :)

Why use a reader when there are such good apps like TweetDeck out there?

@Master: NG uses RSS for synchronized feeds. Since the profile pictures rely on the Atom element, they're not available (yet!) when the feed is converted to RSS.

@Master Devwi - The issue with synchronization and profile pictures has to do with the NewsGator API. With synchronized feeds, FeedDemon pulls the post from the NewsGator API rather then the source. The issue is that the NewsGator API returns RSS. Though our platform consumes the Atom feed, when FeedDemon retrieves it its returned as RSS.

I'm writing this without looking at the actual Atom feed from Twitter but my guess is that the profile picture is in an element that our API is not storing. We try to store as much arbitrary XML as we can to return in the synchronized RSS feed but some elements from some feeds are not stored.

I'll add a ticket (since I know NickB will ask for it anyway ;-) to investigate parsing and storing whatever element that is from the Twitter atom feed.

@Nick Bradbury and Nick Harris: Ah, okay. That makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up!

(I'm studying Computer Science, so I find this kind of stuff interesting.)

@Nick Harris: I already created a ticket for it earlier this week - see case #152689 :)

@Hugh: Even if you use a Twitter client, having these features is still nice. For example, these features are available in Twitter search feeds, as well as in "link blog" and "shared item" feeds that contain tweets.

This is a great addition to the product, hopefully eventually all the versions. Any update on expanding browser functionality?

Thanks, Robert. Over time I am expanding the browser functionality, but probably not to the exent that it turns into something like Flock.

Hi Nick, that really is a slick new feature for all twitter-addicts. Thanx!

One thing though - I noticed a minor glitch in FD: Since I have more than one twitter-account, I wanted to add all of those. But FD gives a warning, asking me if I really want to subscribe to the same feed twice. I think FD should only give such a warning if you supply the same username for protected feeds (currently it only checks the url).

@Stecki: Good catch - I hadn't considered that situation. I'll address this before releasing RC2 next week. Thanks!

Can you adjix.com in your shorturl.xml list?

@Ganee: I just looked into adjix.com/ad.vu, but unfortunately they can't be supported in FeedDemon. Rather than redirect to the long URL, they wrap an advertisement frame around it, so FeedDemon can't do a HEAD request to determine the long url.

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