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Updates to the Twitter RSS feed

By Andrew Ward By Andrew Ward Jan 09, 2011 hints, tips, advice
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Unfortunately the twitter RSS feed on the home page is going to be removed. Home page loading time have increased quite dramatically and this is an issue with page loading times an important SEO consideration.

The course of action: implement a cached RSS feed reader for external feeds. I plan on setting up a cron process to copy the rss feed from twitter to the scorchsoft servers at set intervals throughout the day. It will reduce page loading time as the end user will never have to wait for a page to query twitter for the feed.

An alternative implementation that is worth consideration would be to replace the current feed with a JavaScript implementation. This would solve the base-page load time issue, however the twitter feed text would be unreadable by search engines. Also, users without JavaScript enabled would be unable to view the feed.

With cross browser compatability being so important to us, the first implementation is the winner.

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