New Spinn3r Open Ping Server

As part of Spinn3r 2.2 we’ve released an open ping server.

What’s a ping server you ask?

In blogging, ping is an XML-RPC-based push mechanism by which a weblog notifies a server that its content has been updated. An XML-RPC signal is sent to one or more “ping servers,” which can then generate a list of blogs that have new material. Many blog authoring tools automatically ping one or more servers each time the blogger creates a new post or updates an old one.

The goal here is to be somewhat independent from the other ping servers out there. This way we can avoid any downtime or problems that would occur if they vanish entirely.

We already receive pings from a number of major blog hosting providers. If you’re a blog host and would like to send us your ping stream please let us know. We’d prefer that you not use the open ping server as we can audit your ping stream a bit better when it’s using a custom URL.

Why would you want to send us pings? Because we crawl for a number of major search startups and analytics companies (as well as PhDs and Universities) and your users will get a solid impact from their blog post when it hits Spinn3r.

Just use the URL:

… for your RPC router and you’re set.

Also, a note to spammers – don’t even bother spending spam our way. We can handle the throughput just fine. Further, unless our discovery engine has approved the blog as being ham we’re just going to drop the ping and send it to /dev/null.

… however, I pretty much assume you’re going to send us spam anyway. So have at it.

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