PI Feed | About PI Feed
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WHO ARE WE?

A private investigation news network.

PI Feed is a real time news hub network for private security sector professionals. PI Feed is not a private investigator blog, magazine, or publication. PI Feed is a news aggregation website that curates articles from different online sources using RSS Feeds and crowdsourcing methods.

We present our collection of articles to our visitors in one place. Rather than having to visit 10 different websites, our visitors can find the most up to date information under one domain; PIFeed.com.  Our website works with a series of algorithms and crowd sourcing methods to constantly supply PI Feed with new stories from across the internet as they are being published. Our algorithm scraps the spam, erases the junk stories, and delivers only the most relevant stories to our profession.

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Published Story Count

1,498

These are the number of published stories as of January 1, 2014. This count does not include submitted stories, stories that failed to get any traction within our system, or stories that were marked as spam by our visitors and algorithm.

OUR BASIC STATS

Like any other website, most people that come to the site and register for an account don’t remain active. Maybe they sign up and fill out a profile and then come back and fill out a different profile under a different name. Or maybe they lost track of their account and register under a different profile. What ever the cause, here is a percentage of active users v/s inactive users.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
102

REGISTERED USERS

Our registered users are people that have signed up to PI Feed and at one point or another submitted stories or articles to our website. This is not taking into account visitors and hits to our website.

2,284

SUBMISSIONS

Not to be confused with Published Stories, submissions are sent in to PI Feed on the regular basis. The algorithm we have in place scraps the junk, and keeps stories with potential. 

147

SOURCES

Everyday, new stories get submitted to PI Feed, we take the sources and automatically add them to a source database and organize the sources for easy recollection in the future. So far, we have 147 approved sources in our system. 

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OUR STORY

Everyone has a story, this one is ours.

PI Feed was founded in December, 12 2010. Our logo was a combination of a PI & the RSS Feed icon. Our idea, then, was to have a website that collected stories from across the web and delivered them to our visitors via RSS feeds. PI News Feed Version 1.0 was sent out into the wild early in February 2011. The launch did not go according to plan.

By April 2011 we realized that our visitors were being spammed by a large number of irrelevant stories and junk. In June of 2011 we redesigned our system and scrapped the logo. In July 2011, after 190 hours of work, we launched PI Feed Version 2.0. We decided to drop the “News” from our logo since we were not delivering actual news, instead we began to focus on curating news and articles.

Our focus on Version 2.0 was to send out short snippets of information to our visitors with a link to read a full article. This type of technique is called auto blogging. Several “wire” websites offer this type of content delivery system. This, however, is a tedious process for the visitor as most of the time articles simply end in the middle of a thought forcing the visitor to find the original source. Additionally, there were legal concerns and a few moral violations associated with this type of service. Why should we claim ownership over articles not written by us? We went back to the drawing board.

In January 2012 PI Feed 3.0 was launched. With it, came the addition of user profiles, user submitted stories, and the removal of our auto blogging tool. PI Feed became its own type of content management system. Users now had the ability to submit stories to our website. Other users and visitors determined how popular the stories were, effectively reducing spam to near zero percent.

PI Feed’s Toolbar was a special feature that was added into the actual article page. When a visitor clicked on a story that was submitted by a user, they were taken to the original source that contained a toolbar with PI Feed controls at the top of the page. Now, we were able to display a story, send it via RSS Feeds, control spam and increase story quality, and at the same time, allowed our visitors to remain within PI Feed to access other articles with ease.

Finally, a full year after we thought about PI Feed, PI Feed became what we originally had in mind. Over 2013 we developed different features into the website. From commenting systems, automatic RSS submissions, advanced user profiles, voting systems, and anti-spam algorithms. By December of 2012, PI Feed was reaching the final stages of its feature add-ons. PI Feed V3.9 was in full effect.

In September of 2013. PI Feed 4.0 was launched. This version of PI Feed was simply called ‘PI Feed’ no additional drastic changes were planned for any near future release. In this version, we took the dark colors we had in previous versions, and focused more on lighter colors.

Now, in 2014, PI Feed is finally able to deliver private investigator stories to our visitors on the regular basis. Where will PI Feed be tomorrow? We’re not quite sure. But we do know one thing; PI Feed will continue bring our visitors new and relevant private investigator stories under one domain. We will continue to show you what Private Investigators are reading, right now.

To be continued…

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