- You can set up custom classified searches to show up in your feed when and item is available for your specifications.
- You can go to an online job board and have the new jobs show up in your feed reader.
- On sites that only have one section that interests you, you can set it up so only that part shows up in your feed.
- You could set up feeds for certain forum posts.
- Watch prices on Ebay.
Recently I have been looking for certain deals online. Craigslist is good and already allows you to have an RSS feed for search criteria, but here in Utah, KSL Classifieds is much better. Unfortunately, KSL does not allow you to have an RSS feed for search criteria. I tried Yahoo Pipes to set something up, but it did not work too well and was a bit confusing. After many hours of searching, I finally stumbled on Dapper. This site lets you easily set up an RSS feed from a website. Their website offers detailed instructions, but in a nutshell here is what you do using Dapper:
- Select a website you wish to use to create your feed.
- Select and name elements within the page you want to show up in your feed.
- Group and organize the elements to appear in your RSS feed.
- Save and export your new feed.
It is super simple and wonderful! Here is the Dapp I created for KSL classifieds. Look at the window at the bottom right of the screen and you will see what shows up in your feed. (One thing I noticed is that when you want to do custom input, it works better if you select the radio for URL and type your keyword after "search=" For example: "search=phone" will bring up anything with phone in the feed)
It did take me a few trys to get my Dapp to work correctly, but since I have figured it out, it has been incredible! If you are a lover of feeds, you should definitely try Dapper out!