Improving our crawler engine

If you have logged to http://silverreader.com in last hour or so, you might have noticed some changes. Last 10 days, we have been working hard to improve SilverReader UI and backend / crawler.

Latest version of the crawler engine is just deployed. We have fixed some issues that our users have been reported to us, as well as those we have noticed in the meantime. More details on what’s changed since the first version will be available soon in the next post.

Note that some users might get some duplicated posts. We’re sorry about that. There were feeds that weren’t correctly saved to the db, and crawler might re-download them, now that they are fixed. Thanks for your understanding.

Happy reading!
Your SilverReader team

Recap and future roadmap

Our status after 5 days live

We are pretty satisfied with our customer base growth after 5 days live. It seams that people love our service and a lot of registered users are coming back. There hasn’t been any large issues so far, like other competitors have experienced (Feedly lost user feeds subscriptions), so we are pleased.

What do we expect from our users?

We expect a lot of feedback. Please send us your wishes, desires and also problems (if you have any) using SilverReader feedback. We’ll be happy as long as our users are happy.

What have we done so far?

Our back-end services are fine tuned, so we can proudly say that we have one of the fastest back-ends out there. We have also published our desktop-browser optimized website http://silverreader.com, which is by far the  fastest RSS reader available online right now (it’s about 2 – 3x faster than Google Reader was and much faster that any other competitor).

One of our users said on Twitter : “SilverReader is as fast as a native application” and we are proud of that.

In the last few days, some minor bugs are fixed. We are also working on RTL language support. Some basic RTL language support is already published, but in next few days, our users can expect more improvement on that functionality.

What are our future plans?

For us, the most important thing is to listen to our users and adapt our plans according to their wishes. Currently, we plan to:

  1. Make sure that web version is stable and work consistently on all browsers
  2. Improve responsive design our web version across tablet / mobile devices
  3. Add some additional features to web version (great new features are coming which will not affect the simplicity of User interface)
  4. Deliver Android / iPhone / iPad apps
  5. Deliver Windows Phone / Windows 8 / RT apps

Do you think that we need to change our roadmap or that we missed something? Just drop us a comment or give us some feedback on SilverReader UserVoice.

Thank you for the phenomenal first 5 days. Stay tuned for more news.

Happy reading! Your SilverReader team.

Going live

Today we are going live with a first beta version of SilverReader, our Google Reader alternative.

We have started working on it few months ago, after Google’s announcement that they will retire Google Reader on June 1. Although a bunch of other alternatives emerged in the meantime, we hope to provide some unique features for our users.

Here are some of SilverReader features:

  • Free, based on freemium business model
  • Simple layout, similar as in Google Reader
  • Speed – fast post retrieval, small network footprint, optimized user interface
  • Support for a lot of formats (RSS, RDF, Atom…)
  • Import from Google Reader or OPML file
  • Export to OPML
  • HTTPS / SSL support
  • Keyboard shortcuts, same as in Google Reader

For more details, check our Knowledge Base.

Future updates will be announced on this blog and also on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages.

Visit SilverReader now!

Happy reading! Your SilverReader team.