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GooRSS - turns your Google search results into an RSS feed

Aug 2005

Nothing else to say about GooRSS. It does the job it advertises. And it will probably take over from Ben Hammersley’s Google to RSS script because it has an input interface instead of making you construct the link.


  1. # Randy Charles Morin on August 9th, 2005

    IceRocket does this as well, or at least appears to. And I image that IceRocket is actually paying Google for the results, whereas I don’t think these guys are. Of course, I don’t know that for certain.

  2. # Tim on August 9th, 2005

    Yup, Icerocket has RSS for its search results, but I’m not so sure it is using Google’s results. Here’s the search for RSS on Icerocket and RSS on Google. They’re really quite different. I compared it with Yahoo on RSS and MSN on RSS and they’re very dissimilar too. Perhaps Icerocket is getting its results from somewhere, but I don’t think it’s from the three top search engines.

  3. # DeWitt Clinton on August 9th, 2005

    If you are interested in an open source way of doing it, check out my Spring project. In fact, jump right to the Spring API. (But go back and read the post after.)

    And it’s not just RSS — it’s OpenSearch RSS. Of course, this doesn’t scale for anything more than personal use — Spring uses the real Google API, which limits you to 1000 requests per day (you can plug in your own key, though). It’s just a tech demo, but it’s an open source tech demo, so Tim Yang’s Geek Blog fans will get double their enjoyment.

  4. # Tim on August 9th, 2005

    Looks good, Dewitt! Does this mean you’re officially releasing it as beta?

  5. # DeWitt Clinton on August 9th, 2005

    I wonder if I can just claim everything is in perpetual beta. : )

    But no, I’ve barely touched the UI. Ultimately the Spring homepage will be an improvement over the AWS OpenSearch application that I built a while back, though it isn’t there yet.

    My goal for Spring is to build a set of REST services that use OpenSearch and AJAX to provide a rich user experience for search. I never really intend for this to be a production application, but more of a working set of guidelines on how to do things the Web 2.0 way. Also, it is just a good chance for me to practice with some technologies that I enjoy learning about… And a good reason to write some hands-on tech posts on unto.net.

  6. # Randy Charles Morin on August 9th, 2005

    Weird some of IceRocket’s results are exact matches of Google.

  7. # Randy Charles Morin on August 9th, 2005


  8. # Bryan on August 10th, 2005

    Thanks for the post Tim, I’ve built GooRSS in a couple of minutes using phpgoogle, instanRSS (links inside footer) and few easy hacks to phpgoogle code. Everybody with a minumum php attitute can have GooRSS installed and running on its own server.
    I’ve done it for my personal use, with no ads inside and using my Google key limited, as usual, to 1000 queries/day.
    Enjoy my GooRSS if you like, or build your own!

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