Thursday, April 06, 2006

[TIPS] - customized rss feeds (and a bonus)

OK, this isn't for the beginners, but you folks can look at the end of this tip for one that you'll like.
 
If you know what an RSS feed is and are using them, then this may be a real kick. Right now you're limited to the feeds that sites provide. For example, you can read the feeds from USA today, but you've got no control over what articles you will see under World News, for example. Wouldn't it be great to be able to have feeds of news items that YOU want to specify? Say, only those articles that mention your school district, or those that mention Mars, etc. Well, follow the instructions below to get that very feed.
 
Step 2: Do a search for the keywords you're interested in. Remember that you can put quotes around phrases to force them to appear together)
Step 3: When the search results appear, right click on the RSS link on the left side and choose copy shortcut (or Copy link location in Firefox)
Step 4: Back in your aggregator, in the field where you can add a few feed, PASTE that feed that you just got at google news.
Ta-Daaa! A customized feed. Oh, and you may want to check out: http://www.feedlounge.com/ A new web-based aggregator that has some very nice features. I still use bloglines, but I just may have to make the switch to get these features.
 
- - - For the rest of us - - -
This looks like a nice site for some home computer tips. http://homecomputer.tipcentral.net/ 

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