Thursday May 05

15 things you can do with RSS (it was supposed to be 10, but I got carried away)

Basically, you can perform any task with RSS that requires search or information retrieval from a server. Automatically and repeatedly. Here are my favourites (please let me know if there are better services and I'll update). I use this list to convince people to start using an RSS feed reader. There's more to RSS than just weblog syndication and news aggregation.

UPDATE: I've decided to allow people to use my Google News Feed Scraper which I call ScrappyGoo. So I guess this is number 16. I've been using it to generate personalised feeds to search for news on Google News. If you promise not to get me into trouble with Google's lawyers. That means you can read the feeds in your feed reader, but don't syndicate the feeds on your website. Alternatively, you can search Yahoo News and get personalised Yahoo News RSS feeds too.

  1. Get the news as it happens from multiple news sources

    An RSS feed reader is an aggregator of numerous feeds from news sources (and nearly every major paper and TV news network has RSS feeds today). But now there are even feeds that aggregate other feeds. The new lets you combine all the news source RSS feeds into one single feed so you get news as it happens.

  2. Collect your email from all your email accounts in your RSS reader

    Easily done with And each Gmail account has an RSS feed too. Or if you're a user of, then you'll be glad there's a similar service called but with RSS feeds.

  3. Track Fedex packages

    Ben Hammersley says Just add your tracking number to the end of a special RSS feed address.

  4. Get notified of bargains at Ebay lets you specify the type of product, its description and even the price range in their customised Ebay feeds.

  5. Get stock updates

    There have been various paid services and limited unpaid ticker services around. Tim Bray made a customisable feed. Yahoo is introducing its own RSS ticker service.

  6. Get the weather reports

    Weather Underground has the weather of every city and town in the world. And each of them now has an RSS feed.

  7. Find out what people are saying about you, your company or your product online

    Services like and offer something that's popularly called persistent search delivery. You type in a search term such as your name and or your company name or product name and they will return the newest indexed references to you in a customised RSS feed. Both services scan blogs. If you want persistent search delivery from a broader range of sites, you have

  8. Get music, radio programs and TV clips

    Now you have podcasts and directories like that also serve the latest podcasts in several RSS feeds. And increasingly, like Comedy Central's Daily Show, broadcasters are finding it effective to promote and deliver their shows in RSS. Videobloggers now have a community website called that adds tags to video blog RSS feeds.

  9. Stay updated on someone's schedule lets someone input new events and meetings on their schedule for free. And if you pick up the RSS feed for that schedule, you're always up-to-date on what's going on in that person's day.

  10. Get cinema schedule updates

    Quietly getting popular, a movement led by small local cinemas like City Cinema, rather than big cinema networks. But the bigger cinemas are delivering updates via email and these can be converted into feeds by

  11. Read your favourite comics

    Many daily and weekly comic authors publish online and have an RSS feed. Dilbert of course has one. Best way to locate the feed is to type in the name of the comic into either or (both are great RSS feed directories). And even if your favourite comic doesn't have a feed on its website, a good comic will have someone somewhere creating an unofficial scraped feed. has a large updated list of both official and unofficial RSS feed list of hundreds of comics.

  12. Find out what other people surfing

    I don't mean spyware. A lot of people use online bookmarks which they make public. Places like,, and the new are online bookmark services that create RSS feeds for each user.

  13. Automatically backup your weblog posts

    If your RSS feed is being picked up by an online feed reader service like, they will store all your entries on their server. Unfortunately, they don't have an export feature. But at least all your entries (if you have full entries in your RSS feed) are safe and dated.

  14. Get software updates

    Popular software downloads sites like and let you keep up with all new releases via RSS. So you can also be alerted when your favourite softwares have a new version or when there are better releases.

  15. Get the latest bittorrent files and ahem, p*rn

    As they say, if its worth something, it's worth more illegal. Bittorrent directory was the first to have an RSS feed that lets its users know what has just been uploaded. And the online p*rn industry, being always on the cutting edge of online business, was probably the first to take to blog CMSes and use them to generate traffic through RSS feeds. I'll refrain from linking to one here, but it just takes a Google search to find several.


Very good list! Tipp no. 1 has the wrong URL: not “” but

Posted by Herbert on May 06, 05 | 8:14 pm

with the same flavor :

Posted by Éric Baillargeon on May 06, 05 | 9:00 pm

16: get deals:

Posted by James on May 07, 05 | 1:49 am

You can get traffic conditions too via:
Just change the area code, magnification and minimum severity to fit your needs.

Posted by ben on May 07, 05 | 3:12 am

You can get up-to-the-minute police and fire events too:

Posted by Scott Brodsky on May 07, 05 | 4:00 am

And you can SPAM

Posted by Randy Charles Morin on May 07, 05 | 4:55 am

Great post ! First time here and I’ll be back.

Posted by Mike Sigers on May 07, 05 | 7:18 am

You can automatically download legal Video Remixes posted up as bittorrents from

Posted by Momo the Monster on May 07, 05 | 7:29 am

Klir Technologies ( ) supports RSS for their platform. I use it to keep track of my daily reports on devices in the system.

Posted by Brian Mansell on May 07, 05 | 8:01 am

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