Understanding and Managing Feed Updates

While creating or editing feed in Flow-Flow you can see two options responsible for the frequency and volume of posts loaded during update.

Sometimes, POSTS TO LOAD DURING UPDATE option  confuses our users and we would like to explain it better.

How it works

  • This setting determines how many new posts will be loaded (added) to the feed during update.
  • Feed updates frequency is determined in options on the same screen.
  • During each update Flow-Flow is looking for new posts according to your settings. If new posts are found, they are added to the feed.
  • Previously loaded posts are stored and not overwritten. Only if the limit of stored posts amount is not reached. You can change this on general Settings tab.

Limitations

The maximum amount of posts loaded during update is limited by 20. But initial load is always bigger. Every time you create or update feed, Flow-Flow (v. 3.1+) pulls 50 posts no matter what you set in options. That allows you to create more complete streams from the very beginning. Especially it’s important if you have plans to moderate or filter posts .

Unfortunately, there is no possibility to load historical posts currently. Flow-Flow is always looking for a new posts. That’s how social networks provide us new posts via API. So, if you want to have 100 posts from specific feed, some time needs to pass.

Please note, that it’s not possible to set this option for some sources (e.g. RSS, Flickr, Pinterest, Vimeo) due to technical limitation or API restrictions. Those sources provide specific amount of posts and we have no way to influence this.

Example

  • You created new Facebook feed and setup to load 20 posts during update with frequency of 1 day.
  • Once you added new feed, Flow-Flow pulls bigger amount of posts for initial load (50). All other loads are 20.
  • According to your settings feed will be looking for a 20 new posts in 1 day.
  • One day passed, and 2 new posts appeared in the Facebook feed. Flow-Flow pulls them and adds to your Stream. Now you have 50+2 posts on your site.
  • Another day passed, and 25 new posts appeared in the Facebook feed. Flow-Flow pulls 20 of them and adds to your Stream. Now you have 50+2+20 posts on your site.

Why do we have those limitations?

We have to limit amount and frequency of loaded posts in order not to abuse or overload social networks with abnormal amount of API requests. So we could provide our users with stability and smooth experience. This is the compromise and balance between freedom and stability we should take care of. And we always act in the interests of our users with concern for stability and performance.

If you are interested to learn more on this topic, you can read the next article:
Facebook: Application Request Limit Reached