The first article on Taking RSS Beyond Headlines was very popular (mainly due to it’s proliferation on Digg and the resulting "Digg Effect.") It’s great to see this kind of interest and curiosity around RSS. Of course, latching a "Part One" on the end of the last article put an enormous amount of pressure to take a stab at a "Part Two."
And so, without further delay, let’s take RSS beyond headlines, again…
- Track Job Openings. You can easily keep tabs on openings for particular positions in particular locales with Indeed’s simple job searching site. Or try Hotjob’s feeds through their service (any search can be delivered as a feed).
- Log Referring Links To Your Site. Here’s a cool one for blogs. Track who’s visiting your site via Referrer Madness. Simply drop one line of code in your pages and track the link provided. No account required.
- Be A Knowledgable Citizen. Stay on top of important government news and information with FirstGov’s RSS feeds.
- Recipe Syndication! Track 4 and 5 star recipes or subscribe to the recipes of your favorite chef’s with Big Oven’s RSS feeds.
- Get Your City’s Latest Traffic. Traffic.com delivers RSS feeds of traffic information for most major U.S. cities.
- Track Movie Openings & Reviews. Find out about theatrical and DVD releases as they happen (as well as reviews and upcoming releases) with Movies.com’s feed list.
- Keep Tabs On Medical Information. Hubmed.org delivers Pubmed (a service of the National Library of Medicine) search results in RSS.
- Stay On Top Of Virus & Security Threats. Sophos (feeds), Trend Micro (feeds) and Viruslist.com (feeds) all provide feeds to stay on top of viruses and other security threats.
- Download TV Shows. This is a bit more involved than just subscribing. RSS & Bittorrent make a nice match. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to subscribe to your favorite TV shows.
- Bring Humor Into Your Life. Yes, RSS can deliver joy (maybe) into your life with a joke a day. Joke feeds are provided by Yahooligans and Comedy Central.
- Pull In Those Video Snippets. Our ever-shortening attention spans are loving those 1-2 minute video clips flying around. Youtube provides RSS feeds of all their major categories. del.icio.us also has a popular videos feed.
- Sticky Notes + RSS. Webnote (warning: the yellow on this site is downright painful) allows you to keep notes and subscribe to a feed that delivers them.
- Track Ebay. For person that just can’t stop buying porcelain puppies, you can track ebay auctions via RSSAuctions.com and feedback.net.
Credit goes to some of the commenters on the last article for a few of the tips here. In all of this insanity, let’s not forget that we can still use RSS to track newspapers, magazines and blogs (heh). In a future post, I’d like to list out possible uses of RSS that I’d like to use but don’t exist yet (or at least that I don’t know about). Hopefully, the creative use of RSS will continue to grow. I think these last two articles are just the tip of the iceberg. Until then, happy feedreading.