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Blog Reader for SharePoint MVP’s Windows Phone 8 App

9712c7be-7341-44af-9703-a6eb0991bd41The Blog Reader for SharePoint MVP’s App grabs the latest blog posts from all known SharePoint MVP blogs and surfaces them in one handy interface. Get the latest insider info from your favorite SharePoint MVP’s, anywhere, anytime!

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If you are an SharePoint MVP & blogger and would like to add/update your blog, just email ktuomi@itgroove.net and I will add you.

As fuel for this App, I created a Yahoo Pipes mashup of all the SharePoint MVP blog feeds I could find after a couple hours of research.

About Yahoo Pipes:
“Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.

Like Unix pipes, simple commands can be combined together to create output that meets your needs:

    • combine many feeds into one, then sort, filter and translate it.
    • geocode your favorite feeds and browse the items on an interactive map.
    • power widgets/badges on your web site.
    • grab the output of any Pipes as RSS, JSON, KML, and other formats.”

I simply add the blog RSS feed URL’s desired (10 is the limit per widget), pipe it into a UNION, then do a sort by date descending, and output the whole thing as a consolidated RSS feed which has a Feedburner front end on it:

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Output is the combined RSS feeds of all the SP MVP’s involved:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/SpMvps

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And finally, in this scenario, i’m consuming the feed via the Windows Phone 8 i’ve created, previewed below in the super awesome Hyper-V / Visual Studio Windows Phone 8 Emulator (thanks to my colleague Colin for schooling me up on that!):

The App itself is free can be found in the Windows Phone 8 Store at http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/blog-reader-for-sharepoint-mvps/1e4bf36f-4f4d-484e-afd0-17fafb19f96a or by searching for “Blog Reader for SharePoint” either via the website http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/ff402563(v=vs.105).aspx or, of course, via the Store on your Windows 8 Phone!

Submissions/edits are most welcome, if you know of any more active SharePoint MVP bloggers, please let me know at ktuomi@itgroove.net!

RSS blog feed missing items in Office 365 SharePoint Online?

A client reported in that their homepage newsfeed which was being fed from the RSS feed that comes with the Blog on SharePoint Online, was missing it’s content. Despite there being blog posts, the RSS feed was rendering just the header section with no article content.

The reason this occurs is because feed items will expire after a certain period of time, 7 days by default. To change this,  follow these steps:

1.      Navigate to the blog post list your RSS feed is reading from. e.g. https://<mySharePointSite.com>/Lists/Posts/AllPosts.aspx

2.      From the ‘List’ ribbon, select ‘List Settings.’

3.      Select ‘RSS Feed.’

4.      At the bottom of the page, adjust the thresholds. The upper limits are 1,000 items and 9,999 days old.

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Note that there’s a bit of a caching mechanism in place – I had to wait 20 minutes or so to see the posts return to the RSS feed.

Personally I think 7 days is a very low threshold for this kind of thing and is bound to create similar confusion as to what we experienced. No doubt it made a lot of sense when crunching numbers to design a scalable global Cloud architecture, but if we want to get more small business & mom & pop users on O365 it’ll be good not to put in too many abstract default limits. Hopefully Microsoft will take note and crank this up to something more standard like 30 or 90 days!