Being a service provider

In June, I started offering a Feed2JS-service, which allows webmasters to create a few lines of code to paste into their webpages, that takes a RSS-feed of their choice and transforms it into HTML.

When I released the service, I noted:

You are welcome to use the service on my server, but please let me know if you do so.

A few of my friends out there adopted the service, and told me about their use. Others just started using the service, and have never told me. My service is used a number of places “out there”, and the script is activated more than once a minute, and used ever more as time goes by.

I have some good news and some bad news. The good news first: I am releasing a new Feed2JS-service, which does exactly the same as the old service, but adds a few new things, for example, the ability to style the output. And, uhm, I think that’s it, actually.

The bad news is that I will offer this service on some slightly more strict terms.

First of all, I want people who use it to let me know that they are using it. Just so I know. Second, I request that sites that generate more than 5000 monthly hits to the service (and I’ll tell you if you reach this level), must include a link to either 0, 0 or, if your site is based in the US, that you until the Tuesday after the first Monday in November 2004 provide a visible link to a site that supports John Kerry, or if you have problems doing so, a link to Red Cross.

The old service will be outphased over the coming weeks. The outphasing will be be disruptive, and until closing down, random links of a political nature might appear in the provided listings.

If you run a site that draw more than 5000 hits a month, you should consider getting your own Feed2JS. I still use Alan Levine’s code. Installation takes less than five minutes, and is all out-of-the-box, with very little configuration needed. And then you could provide the same service to your own community.

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