Automatically Scan for Articles & Update
Development complete – see notes below:
The below suggestion has now been implemented into v.1.0.5 of feedit.
- Android – working fine, new notifications appear in the status bar of your device showing how many unread articles you have.
- iOS – Unfortunately the iOS platform only allows push notifications from online services and not local tasks running in the background, this would require login, database etc. As this goes against the feedit “anti big brother” ethos, it looks unlikely a notification option will be possible. If you’re a developer and you know otherwise then please do get in contact as I’d love to be proven wrong!
Can real-time updates REALLY be a possibility?
Technically the answer would be no. However we can get pretty damn close!
In order to have actual “real-time” instant updates like you get with email and modern day social media apps we’d need to use “push notifications”.
For very good reasons, this isn’t going to happen in feedit (see below)
Why can’t feedit use push notifications?
Push notifications are certainly very cool, but they come at a huge cost with regards to privacy and the data you share.
When the feedit project was created, a few basic rules were set out to ensure the integrity and longevity of the app.
Using push notifications would compromise these rules in a number of ways.
A lot of work has gone into feedit so it never has to rely on interaction with any online databases. This ensures there’s no reliance on any one website, no personal or location details are ever shared and the project has no monetary value which means it can’t be influenced by third parties. No matter what websites are taken down in the future, feedit will continue to work it’s magic and combat cancel culture.
So how would the notifications work?
In the settings, you’ll have an option to set an update timer – this is the amount of minutes between each scan.
So long as you have feedit running in the background, it will silently scan your websites for new articles at regular intervals.
When new articles are found, you’ll get a notification just like you do with most other modern day apps.
The updates you receive won’t be received exactly down to the second they’re published but you’ll still be notified pretty soon after – certainly within a few minutes.