Sphere Blog

April 7, 2007

Sphere Related Content Available Through Feedburner FeedFlare

Filed under: Feedburner,Sphere Contextual Widget — sphere @ 5:52 pm


Since launching our Sphere Related Content widget, we’ve had a ton of requests from bloggers who would like to try it out. Last week, we introduced a WordPress.org Plug-in and it seems to be very popular with the WordPress crowd.

In order to make the Sphere Related Content widget available to the maximum number of bloggers, we’ve been working on a very simple solution that makes it available as a FeedBurner FeedFlare. Last night, we finished it and have been testing it out on a few blogs today. Seems to work just fine so we want to open it up to anybody with a MoveableType, Blogger, TypePad blog or anywhere else FeedFlare works.

We’d love to get your feedback on it. It shouldn’t take you more than a minute or two to add to your existing FeedFlares:

1) Log into your FeedBurner account

2) Select your feed, go to the Optimize tab and select FeedFlare on the left

3) In the “Add New Flare” box, enter this URL and click “Add New Flare”:


4) This will add a flare called “Sphere Related Content” to your Personal Flares. Enable this flare for your site ONLY by selecting the 2nd check-box, it doesn’t work in feed readers, only in a site

5) Save your settings. If you already have FeedFlares in your blog, you’re all set. If this is your first FeedFlare, click on the dropdown to get the code for your platform, the instructions for each platform are very easy to follow.

That’s it, the new flare should start showing up next to your other ones within a few minutes. It takes FeedBurner a few minutes to process the new flare and to request content from Sphere for your links.

6) In Movable Type, if you have modified your templates, you can, as an optional step, add <!–sphereit start–> … <!–sphereit end–> markers around the body text of your posts in your permanlink pages. This will help us with the text extraction from your blog and can improve the quality of the results, but it’s not required.

picture-27.png In Movable Type (advanced templates), the body text tag is <$MTEntryBody$>, so these tags would go around that as follows:

<!–sphereit start–>
<!–sphereit end–>

Please let us know if you have any problems getting this flare running — we’re very excited about this one, it’s a very simple way for bloggers and authors on many different platforms to finally get Sphere’d 🙂


  1. […] quietly enabled MT bloggers to add Sphere Related Content to their site through a Feedburner FeedFlare. We made this available after Amy Webb sent us a note asking what the deal was with her request to […]

    Pingback by Sphere Related Content for MoveableType Bloggers « Sphere — April 19, 2007 @ 12:45 am | Reply

  2. Peace people

    We love you

    Comment by HelloWorld — April 28, 2007 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  3. I am geting an errorwhen trying to wrap sphereit arung my bloger html. ere is the error generated.

    Please correct the error below, and submit your template again.
    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
    XML error message: The content of elements must consist of well-formed character data or markup.

    Can you please asssist.


    Comment by B — May 2, 2007 @ 11:22 am | Reply

  4. I have a site on blogger and nothing is happening – I followed the instructions exactly and I’m not getting error messages, but the widget isn’t showing up either. Please advise.

    Comment by Brendan Moore — May 2, 2007 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

  5. […] También esta disponible en otras plataformas como MoveableType, Blogger…, visita esta página para enterarte de como implementarlo (esta en […]

    Pingback by Sphere - Contenido relacionado con tus posts « Alberto Garcia Blog — May 3, 2007 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  6. A great view of the democratic party.

    Comment by John — May 4, 2007 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

  7. this website is wonderful and very recourses tool for a blogger.

    Comment by kam — May 7, 2007 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  8. Heres a great view of the presidential race it hase both political parties plus all your candidates and profiles on one great place.

    Comment by John — May 7, 2007 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  9. For MovableType installations, it may also be useful to put the sphereit tags around the $MTEntryMore$ tag, such as:

    [!–sphereit start–]
    [!–sphereit end–]

    … only with the appropriate HTML tags as opposed to the brackets. This covers those people who use the whole “Extended Entry” feature MovableType has, for when you only want to show part of your post on the weblog’s main page, or something like that. Just a thought.

    Comment by Linoge — May 12, 2007 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  10. […] growing very fast, we’re adding hundreds of new partners everyday through WordPress.org and Feedbruner FeedFlare. It’s fun to see, in addition to big brand publisher sites (TIME, AOL, CBS, Access Hollywood, […]

    Pingback by In the 'Sphere - May 16th « Sphere — May 18, 2007 @ 2:05 am | Reply

  11. Using blogger and following directions but not working no error msg just not showing 😉

    Comment by tdinoz — June 1, 2007 @ 10:10 am | Reply

  12. I must be reading this in Chinese or something because none of this makes a lick of sense.

    Comment by Mark — June 19, 2007 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  13. Thanks for releasing this great tool. I can’t wait to get it on my blog.

    Comment by Chester's Clean House — June 26, 2007 @ 3:42 am | Reply

  14. I think I got it but just gotta add the logo instead of the words “Sphere This”

    Thanks Guys

    Comment by markikez — June 27, 2007 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  15. Still working on that logo thing. Any tips guys?

    Comment by markikez — June 27, 2007 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  16. Got the sphere link added, but would like to see logo instead of words–sphere related content”.

    Looking forward to this upgrade.

    Comment by David — June 30, 2007 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  17. I’m also a blogger, and I’m having trouble getting the “Sphere This” link to show. It shows up on my older posts, but nothing for the last three days. Also would like the logo. I’ve seen it on other sites, ones that (I thought) used Blogger. Any advice on getting the link and/or logo to appear on newer posts? Thanks!

    Comment by James L. Greenlee — July 1, 2007 @ 5:20 am | Reply

  18. Feedburrner feed flare isn’t working on Blogger, I finally dumped it, If you want sphere on Bloggers, you need a different develivery method.


    Comment by ger — July 6, 2007 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  19. The blogger solution did not work for me. Lord knows I tried. Sorry Sphere. Your service doesn’t seem to have any trouble finding my blog because I saw it cited on the WSJ this morning. I’d love to have your code widget on my site. Please work on a better solution. Thanks.

    Comment by Dan Yurman — July 9, 2007 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  20. Here’s the textpattern version of sphereIt:


    Comment by Walker Hamilton — July 11, 2007 @ 3:18 am | Reply

  21. This widget is really helpful, I hope I can install it in my blog as soon as possible.

    Comment by Suray - Suray's Words - SurayBlog — July 19, 2007 @ 3:31 am | Reply

  22. I added the code to my blog but nothing is showing up.

    Comment by Marc Rasmussen — July 29, 2007 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  23. can this be made for the joomla cms?

    Comment by sumit — August 3, 2007 @ 1:43 am | Reply

  24. Hi, we’d love to have a Sphere Related Content plugin running on Joomla. The community has already contributed plugins for TextPattern and bbPress (http://www.sphere.com/community_tools). I’d be more than happy to work with you to give you the info you need to write one for Joomla. Please email me at martin at sphere dot com.

    Comment by Martin — August 3, 2007 @ 3:33 am | Reply

  25. great tool — can give hard time to blogger search and technocrat1 !

    Comment by market research report — August 16, 2007 @ 9:48 am | Reply

  26. Plugin through Feedburner FeedFlare is working without any problem.

    Comment by vojko — August 20, 2007 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  27. The Blogger solution works fine! It took a few minutes and maybe a few ‘F5’s though, before it showed up. Perhaps some people didn’t realize that. I re-installed the code 2 or 3 times and then I gave up. But when I logged in to blogger again, about 10 minutes later, there it was!

    Comment by Jos — August 21, 2007 @ 12:07 am | Reply

  28. It’s not working on my Typepad blog either, although I’ve followed all the steps.

    Comment by joe — August 22, 2007 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  29. i posted the widget to my blogger blog yesterday. the widget is still not there. it looks very interesting, but it does not work on my blog.

    can you please let know what can i do to make it work?

    tnx, o.

    Comment by oliver — September 30, 2007 @ 8:20 am | Reply

  30. For the bear, his cub and their den.

    Comment by Mike Doherty — October 3, 2007 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

  31. The widget will not show up until the Bot hits your site. You may have to wait as long as 24 hours.

    Comment by David — October 14, 2007 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  32. This works great. Thanks. My readers seem to really like it too.

    Comment by Chester's Home Remedies — November 14, 2007 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  33. This is very cool for blogger : )

    Comment by prototip — November 20, 2007 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

  34. Cool site, nice post!

    Comment by prototip — December 17, 2007 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  35. Oh, and did not know about it. Thanks for the information …

    Comment by Andy — December 19, 2007 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

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    Comment by bob — January 17, 2008 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

  37. What do you mean ?

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  38. Thanks for the post! May be i can do it myself.

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