The new Florida News system I have built on floriblog is truly amazing.It has only been online for three days. but it already pulls news from 85 sources at the rate of almost 1000 articles a day, with more to be added soon. What makes this system truly unique and functional is that all stories are collected and placed in a database where they can be rendered in an orderly way.
Because they are put into the database they can be searched. I have also written code to prevent duplicate titles from being indexed. So every one of the 1000 daily articles is unique in some way. This prevents articles that are distributed to multiple channels from showing up several times.
The real beauty is in the scripting that collects and stores the data. Using a method called cron, the feeds are crawled and indexed at a full cycle rate of just 4 minutes. 2 scripts run at alternating 2 minute cycles. Every minute about 25 feeds are visited and indexed into the database. A complete cycle occurs within 4 minutes.
In laymens terms that means that any story posted by any news-feed will be live on this website within 4 minutes! The average or median time is 2 minutes! Try visiting 85 news-feeds and getting the latest story or multiple unique stories of the same event on your own and see how long that takes!
The news ticker (like the one on the right of the front page) has the most recent stories. There is no faster, more comprehensive or thorough system That I am aware of anywhere.
I am happy to announce the free Florida News-feed web widget is now available for use on your website at no cost. You can paste this widget into any website. It will automatically update once a minute. What a great free resource to help drive traffic.
To implement the widget just cut and paste the following code into your website.
<Iframe src=”http://floriblog.com/news/ticker4.php” width=”210″ height=”350″></Iframe>
To change the dimensions simply edit the height and width values to meet your website needs.
If you use this widget please let me know as I will want to keep you up to date with any edits to the page that supplies the news. Also feel free to contact me through any one of my websites if you need a special custom widget. More widget choices will be available as soon as there is a demand.