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Conclusion of the Feedburner latency test

Thursday, January 08, 2009 by Dave Winer.

It appears that it takes FB some amount of time to recognize a feed once its been registered, but that once it does, it's pretty close to perfect at caching a feed for 30 minutes before refreshing its copy from the original.  Permalink to this paragraph

A table that reports on the test. Permalink to this paragraph

Notes on the test when it started are herePermalink to this paragraph

Here's the original feed and here's the Feedburner versionPermalink to this paragraph

I looked for docs on how to ping Feedburner, but came up with confusing and contradictory instructions, none of which worked. They all got Java errors from the server. I tried pinging using their form and through pingomatic, neither of which had any effect on the latency. Permalink to this paragraph

I tried adding a <ttl> element to the feed, set it to 1 minute to see if that had any effect. I'll let you know. Permalink to this paragraph

Update: Apparently Feedburner ignores <ttl>.  Permalink to this paragraph

Update: I turned the test off for now. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph


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