So.. What’s up with DJ Feed? Well.. Haven’t had a lot of time developing stuff more than minor bug fixing, but some things are underway. Thanks to Hans Palm, I got the idea of developing an API, which means all data can be extracted separately for special uses. Like in Hans’ case: An AppleWatch. Now, how cool is this?! A publicly available app is in the works. Watch this space!
Another dilemma for the users that visit a lot of events; Their smartphone might get cluttered with shortcuts to different events, as they add a new shortcut each time. Of course we can fix that!
Just bookmark djfeed.net/active and you will see all feeds that has been updated the last few days! Et voilá!
I have finally been able to put some time into the DJ Feed again. Still working on several other improvements, but this seems to be what most users need at the moment. First up was to fix the requests part of things. For that purpose, the user interfaces (UIs) has been re-written.
The new look & feel adds a few things:
- The DJ can now “quick add” dances directly where the requests are
- The Requests admin interface now uses more columns to fit more info into less space and at the same time make it easier to overview
- The Requests Admin now allows to remove single requests in the case of misspelling and similar
- All requests are handled faster, which means it gets easier for DJs to manage
- The dancer’s UI is cleaner and more informative
- Both UIs looks better (according to me) 🙂
- Easier-to-use, more intuitive, link/address
And also; I added an “enable/disable requests” in the normal admin interface. Might be useful if you want to prevent users from adding requests near closing time or between events.
If you’d like to try the new way of handling requests, the link for users is: <your feed name>/requests/ and for you to administrate things (requires your login): <your feed name>/admin/requests/
Please note that the old links will continue to function as per normal if anything should fail. It will be removed fairly soon, though.
Now; Off to enhance the multi-room features! =)
As many of you know, the ‘Oscars’ of the linedancing world has been on this weekend as a live stream originating from Norbreck Castle in Blackpool, thanks to Linedancer Magazine’s efforts in the UK. This means we (the people who wasn’t able to get tickets to go), can pick up the feed and do our own local events and still get the feeling of being on site with all these celebrities. This year not only the CBA DJs, but also a few more DJs around the world were using the DJ Feed to broadcast what dances they are playing. I will post some pictures here later on!
We had a similar event in Gävle, Sweden and since I knew some of the other event sites, I snuck a peek onto their playlists as well. I had so much fun watching what they were playing and getting inspiration on what requests I would make here! =)
And you know what? I just checked something. I had the server tell me how many people have been watching any DJ Feed this weekend. It can’t distinguish who is who, but every web browser gets an anonymous identity tag when it tries to read a feed, so I can count the number of unique devices accessing the site. Any guesses? I would guess 100-200 over the weekend. I was wrong. Dead wrong..
Total number of unique devices accessing the site from midnight Fri Jan 30th until this post is… *drum roll*… 1.180! One t h o u s a n d one hundred and eighty different devices. I am in shock! Soo happy to be able to serve you all and that you chose to use this system!
If any of you have good pictures from wherever you spent this weekend showing a DJ Feed screen, please please e-mail me! I’d love to see what you’ve been up to!
Santa Claus is bringing all new and current DJ Feed users a Christmas present this year! The free period is now extended to July 1st, 2015. If you don’t have a feed already, feel free to contact me.
Merry Christmas! =)
I keep getting more feedback about the DJ Feed and I must say I am very grateful for that. Recent reviews are from Norway, Denmark, USA and England and every single one is making me more confident this system surely has added positive things to their events and this kind of system really is what they need. Now and in the future. Thanks everyone for letting me know I am on the right track! =)
I really appreciate when people send me info on what they use the DJ Feed to achieve, what they like about it along with any feature requests and/or photos of them using it.
Last weekend we went to Norrköping, Sweden and along with two more requests if they can use the DJ Feed at their events, I also got to meet a whole lot of dancing friends from here and there. Mostly around mid Sweden, but also a happy group from Norway. And the ‘main attraction’, someone I haven’t seen in many years; Mr. Paul McAdam.
And yes, of course, they used the DJ Feed there too. 😉
As excited I am about having the DJ Feed running at World Dance Masters in Blackpool next weekend, I am still working on extending the functionality of things. So far I am going to launch event chat channels, a way for people who don’t know each other to meet and text each other in order to clear out questions like ‘Am I the only one who knows dance XXX?’, ‘Does anyone know a good place to eat in this town’ and ‘I live in the next town south from here, anyone going there on the way home?’. Chat channels are currently only available at WDM Worlds, but will be globally available shortly.
Another useful feature is the requests page. The page has three sides to it:
- A send-your-request form
- A listing (for dancers) of the requests made, approximate play time and a list of requests already played.
- Inspiration links plus a top list of previous requests
- An admin view where you can see who requested what and when.
The requests page is currently available to all feeds. Just drop me an e-mail and I will enable your feed.
There has also been updates on security, stability and a complete re-make on multi room handling to make it even easier to use and understand.
I think we might be getting ready for Blackpool now! 🙂
I recently got a request if the DJ Feed could be used at WDM Worlds in Blackpool, UK in August 15-17. This would be a privilege and an honour for me. I have attended this event every single year but one since the beginning and I truly love it.
The event has a bit different audience from what the Feed is used to. Daytime, the main ballroom will have line dance competitions, the Spanish ballroom will have line dance workshops and the Arena Ballroom will have West Coast Swing workshops. At the evenings, there will be social dancing at all three floors.
That weekend there will be hundreds of dancers from all over the world watch the feed. Am I excited? Guess!!
Detailed plan underway! See you there, maybe?
Me again. Me and my ‘line dance family’ just got home from Eurodance in Southport, England. This event was set up at a hotel for 4 days with 3 different dance floors, 35 choreographers and about 400 dancers. This means we had three DJs updating the feeds and one view to show all three floors’ next three dances and next upcoming event. One of the event directors put an iPad powered 42″ TV in the reception (which everyone had to pass) and that was a brilliant move. Strongly recommended!
Due to the large demand during this event, I was a bit scared the server would have a hard time coping with the requests. And yes, there was some minor issues with the updating of the feeds, but this was 100% due to problems with the local WiFi. The server never even flinched. Not a single drop-out. Not a single page miss. As I think I wrote earlier, the DJ Feed was officially released during that event. And. it. worked. perfectly! I am so happy!
Will try to get hold of some pictures from the event to show y’all!
I am currently translating the DJ Feed to different languages. Could you possibly help me with yours (or any other language you know)?
All I need is your common expression for:
Event (Summary/General event info i.e. what the event is called)
Playlist (or dance list? What du you call it?)
Event information (Times, workshops.. Like ‘schedule’)
Follow this in your mobile
Feed (as in ‘news feed’)
Not shown to users
Remember: Use the words that feel common to you. In Sweden, we never refer to the Playlist as Playlist. Therefore, the translation in Swedish would be “danslista” (Dance list).
Please just drop me an e-mail with your translation. My address is found here.
So far we’ve got:
Norwegian (Thank, Hanne!)
Danish (Thanks Johnny!)
German (Thanks Anne-Berit!)
Estonian (Thanks Merju!)
French (Thanks, Jean-Pierre!)
Finnish needs to be checked. Can someone with FI settings please surf to the demo feed and have a look?
Super thanks in advance!
Finally had the time to make a web site for the DJ Feed! 🙂
The feed itself has now been seen on by hundreds of dancers on two different continents. So far I haven’t heard anything but positive words and that’s the reason I felt the DJ Feed now deserves a proper web site. 😉
I hope there will be more people finding out about the feed shortly, since it will be officially released during Eurodance in Southport, England in the beginning if June 2014. Looking forward to hearing what input they might have!