Not showing feed pictures

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Pulse doesnt always grab pictures from feeds, even though they have pictures embedded, that can be seen in googlereader for example.
here's an example feed that shows images in googlereader but not in pulse:
www.spiegel.de/schlagzeilen/index.rss
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Same for BBC news feeds and the Guardian. In fact, every new feed I've added doesn't show picture previews.
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i have some added feeds showing pictures but its flakey at best.
this should be a high priority fix because the whole app revolves around visualizing the feeds, and if that doesn't work properly why not just use any other newsreader?
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I only just got around to trying out that feed you used as an example in the orginal post. It works for me; I see images. I have the English feed from that website on my Pulse, and that works too.
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I've since added a few feeds that do indeed show images. I think now, that it's not so much a problem with Pulse, but rather, with the way the feeds themselves are structured. The feeds that show images seem to put the article and image itself in the feed. Whereas, the ones that don't show images in Pulse only have the headline of the article (also acting as a link to the full web version), and a brief preview of the text of the main body.

In the latter case, there's no image in the feed itself for Pulse to render in the UI. I don't know much about this stuff, but when I think about it, I'm not sure the developers can do all that much about it. The only way for them to rectify the situation, as far as I can imagine, would be to dig a level deeper and fetch the image from the full web article. But that would present a torrent of problems in determining exactly which image to fetch from which part of the page. It would only cause far more problems, and we'd be complaining about images for articles being logos, interface elements or even ads.

Instead, perhaps the developers should look into a suggestion elsewhere on this forum, and introduce colour coding (to be determined by the user). It would make the general appearence of many non-image-laden feeds somewhat less bland to the eye. As long as the colours are dark (blood red, dark brassy yellow, moss green etc), so as to maintain the white on black feel and look, it should work quite well.

Aside from that, we can only attempt to persuade the publishers of the feeds themselves that visual aggregators are the future of RSS, and that they should consider structuring their feeds in a way that is conducive to this way of presentation. I myself, will be doing just that in regards to the BBC's feeds.

I haven't tried Google Reader yet, I have no idea how they get around it with the example you provided. But Pulse does have Google Reader compatibility so perhaps you could route your feeds via Google Reader instead of addig them individually?
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That's an interesting view, thanks. I have Pulse on an HTC Desire, and images never show. Here's a photo of what Pulse looks like on my device: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nevon/48...

Can it really be that none of the feeds I have in Pulse includes images? Feeds like Mashable, Techmeme, Google News, BBC News? How disappointing if so.

Looking forward to hearing from our friends at Pulse, thanks.
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Would love to see images on Australian news feeds
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It will also be possible to reuse the article's open-graph-protocol image if available. This will be probably more accurate than an arbitrary choice
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Carl, Thanks for answering the question. Your suggestion of color coding is super cool!
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what i need to insert on my blog to make the images appear?
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Try making sure that the description tag has the image embedded!
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I've experimented with a whole bunch of RSS outputs - even outputs that clearly have an image- and still no luck. These are Wordpress blogs ... From a developers viewpoint, I wish like crazy I could get help from the Pulse people.
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I would also like to know what I can edit on my sites/blogs to make the images appear. Any help from Pulse would be appreciated on what their code is looking for.
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Try making sure that the description tag within the feed has the image embedded!
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Seriously, why not a simple answer from a Pulse employee ? is this a technical limitation, a bug that can be fixed ? whats the deal, i think 95% of people who purchase this app are expecting to be able to add their own feeds..

bit of false advertising and a lack of upfront acknowledgment of the software's massive limitation..
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Hi folks, thanks for being patient. We can only show the image if the feed contains it in the rss. We do not scrape the image from the website if the publisher doesn't provide them to us in their feed.

That said, Pulse really likes squarish images. The sweet spot is any image that has a 1:1 aspect ratio and is bigger than 100 x 100. If you include images in the preferred size in your blogs, they should show up in the feeds. Also, please allow up to an hour after you make the changes for them to be reflected in the app.

Let us know if we can help in any other way.
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Ankit, Please see my posting below (with screenshot from Pulse). If what you say it true, then why does my Pulse blog look great when I load it from the web using either the "Search" or GoogleReader functions available in Pulse? This is not making any sense to me.
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Hi Ankit, I've got feeds that very clearly have images in them (like http://www.dragonsearchmarketing.com/... ) where the images still aren't showing. If we can solve this, I'd be glad to write a great big blog post about so others can benefit...
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Having same issue here. Especially with posts I create using the Pulse web app and loading a photo from my computer. http://bambooken.pulsememe.com/
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In this feed http://www.dn.no/rss I can clearly see in Firefox that there are direct links to pictures to each article. Why can't the Pulse reader just show these pictures?
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Here's another one that clearly has picture links directly in the xml but that doesn't show up in Pulse: http://www.nyteknik.se/?service=rss
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you need to fix it - then i will spread a word about pulse in facebook.
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Same here, this is not acceptable as a fully realized application. The Bookmarklett is simply not ready for prime time either. I was on vacation and posting using the Bookmarklett and Via Web. When I looked at my posts on Pulse/iPad this morning, I was so disappointed. Especially since some are simply photo posts. It too a lot of time to post them.
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I've been doing a bit of testing and discovered that my blog looks much different in Pulse when viewed as "My Pulse" VS actually loading it from the web using the "search" in Pulse or using the GoogleReader feature. See attached photo which shows the difference. Also, the Bookmarklett seems to be not ready for prime time. Using it to post never show the photos in the My Pulse version of my blog.
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Please explain this workaround in more detail
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Garrick Boyd

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Seriously? False advertising. This app doesn't appear to do what it appeared to do in the ad/description
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I'm having the same problem, except I also experience it with the Pulse-recommended feeds. For example: NYT, The Washington Post, Yahoo! News, LA Times, Variety and many others have this problem. In fact it seems like every feed I tried in the News & Analysis section in Pulse does not load any images... This kinda defeats that whole purpose of the app. I attached a screenshot of what Pulse looks like when I launch it. What a disppointment... I hope this can be remedied. I mean at least the feeds recommended by the app itself should be working properly, or it would be false advertising...

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Pulse rec's are giving me same results...The default feeds work, but none that I've selected
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same here...i figured pulse recommended feeds would play nice with pulse, but nope!
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we added these default feeds because users were often searching for them. we wanted to make popular feeds easier to find. look out tomorrow for a FULL salon and huffington post feed to be added to Pulse (add them from the featured section)!
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Garrick,
I went to Google Reader and added the RSS feed from my Pulse bolg. Then, I selected it as a feed to view in Pulse's feed selector. The screen shot I attached shows how the My Pulse feed (the feed that is automatically fed into Pulse) looks in comparison to the Google Reader version of that same feed.
Is that clear?
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Hi Everyone,

Feeds like NYT, The Washington Post, Yahoo! News, LA Times, Variety etc. do not publish FULL RSS feeds (by full, we mean RSS feeds with the entire story and pictures). Why do they do this? So that you have to click to see the web version of the site in Pulse - seeing their ads and adding a page view to their site. We can't (legally) give content to the user that the publisher does not provide? Want full feeds in Pulse? Contact the publishers and let them know you want full feeds in Pulse!

Bambooken is having an issue that hasn't been reported by any other user yet - his Pulsememe feed is not showing pictures when it should. This is not a workaround you can duplicate with other sources.
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Hello,

I had the same issue with my feed, and basically what I tried to fix first is my feed by adding the right metadata (such as media:image from the yahoo namespace or RSS 2.0 enclosure tag). But still images are not displayed... Are you parsing these image-related tag ? Which is probably what google reader do by the way. A lot of feeds use these image tag, even though they do not actually publish the full feed.

I was also very happy of Pulse the first time I launched it, and quite disappointed after I added my own feed - 90% of them don't show images which is a huge loss on this app.

Thank you,

Olivier
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Hi Oliver, can you give us the full feed link so we can try it out?
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Olivier Issaly

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Hi, the feed is feed.kiad.org/photos , thank you ! (it was media:content I meant by the way). Olivier
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Just a thought and forgive me, I haven't read all of the replies. But I put my own blog in and there were no images. I finally got it to work properly by changing some settings so that images will show up in my RSS feed. Perhaps this isn't a Pulse issue, but rather the blogs themselves.
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Hi Trish. Thanks for commenting. Yes, the blogs have to allow photos within the feed (and photos large enough so that we don't have to stretch them to fill the tile). We're working with publishers all the time to have them create better feeds for our users. Tell your publishers to enhance their feeds for Pulse and it will make it easier on us! Thanks!
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Can you tell me which Settings you changed?
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OK Here's another blog that doesn't show images: http://www.fermentarium.com

It would be nice if we could include a tag on an image that would let you know "this image should be used as the tile". That or just grab the first image in the feed. This feed has the complete article in the feed. Any ideas?
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Hi Daniel,

That feed does not have the images in the description tag which is why the images don't show up in Pulse. We would have to work with the publisher directly to fix it. You can certainly point them our way and we'll work on it!
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Thanks. It's my site, so I now know what I need to fix.
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Actually I've just come back to this problem since it's come up again. How exactly is this change made in a Wordpress blog?
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Hi Daniel,

I just took a look at your site again and it seems like you have a small broken image in your stories that comes up first. If you delete that smaller image, your large story images should show up in the home view. Try out your feed in Google Reader on the web to see where the smaller broken image is.

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