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100 Cool Things You Can Do With RSS

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) allows you to get information sent directly to you, eliminating the need for you to that information individually. Using a reader will allow all the RSS feeds to come to one spot for you to read at your leisure. While reading news and blogs has been a traditional use for RSS feeds, there are also tons of fun ways to use these feeds. The list below touches on some ways you can read the news, but it also lets you learn, share, keep up with your interests, and so much more.

Entertainment

From your favorite NPR shows to movies to video games, the list below offers some form of entertainment you can have sent to your reader every day.

  1. Books. Read books with DailyLit. They will send sections to you each day via RSS feed.
  2. Recipes. Get a recipe of the day, recipe raves, recipes from chefs and friends, and more from bigoven.
  3. Vegan Recipes. If you are a vegan, get recipes, articles and more from VegWeb.
  4. NPR. Find your favorite NPR show updates, local NPR stations, and more each with their own feeds.
  5. Blogs. Find your favorite blog and read it in your reader every time it’s updated rather than visiting the site waiting for updates.
  6. TV listings. Have local TV listings from TV Guide sent to you every day.
  7. TV reminders. Use mytvrss to customize RSS feed reminders on the day when your favorite shows will air.
  8. Watch TV shows. Find out as soon as free downloads are available of your favorite shows on Hulu.
  9. Movies. Read movie reviews from major critics and the editors themselves at Rotten Tomatoes with their updates.
  10. DVD. Find the latest about DVD new release and bestsellers with Movies.com.
  11. Viral videos. Get those crazy videos everyone loves from YouTube sent directly to your reader with their RSS feed.
  12. Music releases. Get the top 10 songs or albums among other music feeds from iTunes Store from RSS at Apple.
  13. Video games. Go to your specific console’s website, like Xbox.com and see if they have RSS feed updates for video game releases.

Sports

Sports fans have no reason to be left in the dark with all these great feeds available.

  1. Baseball. Baseball fans can get feeds with news about favorite teams from both the American and National League at MLB.com.
  2. College Football. Find feeds with all the latest news on your favorite college teams from Fanblogs.com.
  3. Professional Football. For the latest news and more on professional football teams, visit NFL.com.
  4. Hockey. You’ll get news, features, stories, and videos of your hockey favorites at NHL.com.
  5. Basketball. Basketball lovers will get news, scores, and videos from your favorite teams delivered from NBA.com.
  6. U.S. Soccer. If you want audio podcasts, US soccer news, and news on both men’s and women’s teams, sign up at ussoccer.com.
  7. World Soccer. With World Soccer, you will get all the latest news on soccer games around the world.
  8. Olympics. Get an RSS feed to update you on any number of aspects of the 2008 Olympics from the official website.
  9. Cycling. If cycling is your thing, get updates on mountain biking, road riding, BMX, and more at USA Cycling.
  10. Nascar. Racing fans can follow their favorite driver, specific series, or specific races with feeds from NASCAR.com.
  11. Skateboarding. SkateboarderMag.com offers videos, photos, feature articles, and more with their RSS feeds.

Fun Stuff

Become smarter, more centered, or get a laugh with all the following feeds that you can read.

  1. Word of the Day. Get a new vocabulary word sent to you every day with Dictionary.com.
  2. Quote of the Day. Need some inspiration each day? Get a quote every day with Quotes of the Day.
  3. Joke of the Day. Find a joke every day on your reader with Comedy Central.
  4. Fortune Cookie. Get an unusual bit of advice from Random Online Fortune Cookie sent to you.
  5. Horoscope. Get a range of specialized horoscopes each day with Astrology.com.
  6. Urban Word of the Day. Have Urban Dictionary send you the word of the day and you’ll know what dress flops or carbon guilt means.
  7. Comics. Find your favorite comics that are published on the web and subscribe to an RSS feed with Comic Alert!
  8. Weird Stuff. Find the oddest blog posts with this feed dedicated to the best of weird blogs.
  9. Astronomy. See beautiful and amazing photos taken by two professional astronomers with Astronomy Picture of the Day sent to your reader.
  10. Puns. If you appreciate the unusual humor of puns, then Pun of the Day is a must for your subscription list.
  11. Random fun. Subscribe to get some fun daily updates like famous birthdays, articles, and this day in history with Cool Site of the Day.

Computer and Internet

If you want software information or just want to change the wallpaper on your computer, these feeds will help you out.

  1. Free software deals. Each day you can receive free downloads of software that would normally cost money. Get the feed to let you know what is available each day with Giveaway of the Day.
  2. Software releases. Find out when software is released for your specific operating system with Track Version.
  3. Virus alerts. Get alerts from Viruslist.com any time a new virus is detected.
  4. Wallpaper. Change your wallpaper with this fun tool that also serves as a news aggregator.
  5. PageTiki. This tool will let you know when your favorite webpages have been updated via RSS so you don’t have to keep going back to check for new information.
  6. Follow trends. Learn what other web surfers are bookmarking with del.icio.us hotlist feeds.
  7. Wikipedia. Hardcore Wikipedia fans can learn when there are any changes to the information with their recent changes feed.
  8. Tutorials. Get video tutorials teaching complex tasks in a simple, easy-to-understand format with commoncraft feeds.

Dating and Social Networking

Whether you are staying in the loop with friends or looking for a date, these feeds will guide the way.

  1. Singles events. Learn when a singles event in a city near you will occur with updates from Singles On The Go.
  2. Matches. Some online dating sites will alert you when new matches pop up so you can find out immediately.
  3. Speed dating. Find speed dating events all over the world with this RSS feed.
  4. Relationship advice. Need relationship help? Perfectmatch.com will provide you some dating tips and advice straight to your reader.
  5. Twitter. Follow your friends’ updates with Twitter RSS feeds.
  6. MySpace. Add an RSS feed to your MySpace page with this application.
  7. Facebook. Subscribe to RSS updates from Facebook with multiple options such as friends’ statuses, posted items, and notes.
  8. Friendfeed. Get all your friend’s updates in Friendfeed, then have them sent directly to your reader with an RSS feed.

Travel

If you are taking a trip, make use of these helpful feeds to plan and implement your journey. If you can’t make the time for a trip, then there are a few options for those stuck at home, too.

  1. Airfare. Travelocity provides low fare alerts and alerts when fares to your favorite cities drops below 20%.
  2. Flight delays. Get delays that are happening at any airport in America with FlightStats.
  3. Hotels. Find top deals, exclusive offers, and hotels under $99 with Orbitz RSS feeds.
  4. Currency rates. Select from one of these feeds to receive the most up-to-date currency exchange rate from CurrencySource.
  5. Travel itinerary. Use TripIt to organize your travel itinerary, then sign up for alerts which will send you RSS feeds any time something on your itinerary is updated or changed.
  6. Virtual sightseeing. Subscribe to weekly updates with Google Sightseeing to visit places around the world using Google Maps or Google Earth.
  7. Map fun. Google Maps Mania will send you updates with all the fun mashups and tools making use of Google Maps.

Weather

Keep up with the weather in your city or find out if it’s raining at Aunt Emma’s house with these feeds.

  1. Local weather. Get daily updates to know what your local weather will be from The Weather Channel. Plug in your zip code and start now.
  2. Alerts. Receive alerts when the weather threatens your area from National Weather Service.
  3. Tides. Find tidal information from tides.info for most coasts around the world and have it sent to you.

Family and Friends

Keeping up with family and friends or updating them with your information just got a lot easier with these feeds.

  1. Share photos. Use RSS feeds to share your Flickr photos with loved ones and buddies alike.
  2. Share calendars. Share updates from your Google calendar with others whether they have a Google account or not.
  3. Plan a party . Use online invitations with mypunchbowl and get RSS feed for the Punchbowl Buzz.
  4. Name your baby. Use the baby name wizard at iVillage and get updates on your reader.
  5. Find an activity. Search for fun events in your city with Eventful and have them sent to you with their RSS feed.

Productivity and Career

Jumpstart your career with these handy feeds that will keep you on track or help you find a job.

  1. To do lists. Create to do lists with FLEXlists that you can send to yourself or share with co-workers.
  2. Traffic updates. Make the most of your commute time with Traffic.com’s traffic reports from major cities around the nation.
  3. Job openings. Find a job with Monster and get an RSS feed specialized by location, category, or keyword.
  4. Specific emails. Set a filter, then use MailBucket to have those emails sent via RSS feed. Be aware that these messages are public.
  5. Reminders. Reminderfeed lets you receive reminders straight to your reader with this easy tool.

Shopping

Internet shopping is hugely popular, so take advantage of these feeds to help you find what you want, save money, or track your package.

  1. Best Buy. Get the latest sales going on for movies, game consoles, electronics, and more at Best Buy with their RSS feed.
  2. Target. Sign up for Target’s weekly ads to be delivered to your reader by clicking on “Sign up for reminders” here.
  3. Gift registry. Whether it’s a wedding or a new baby, you can create a gift registry and make it available to your guests with an RSS feed on TheThingsIWant.
  4. Coupons. Get the latest online coupon codes with this RSS feed from Retailmenot.com.
  5. Deals. Find out when the latest internet shopping deals come through with a feed from Ben’s Bargains.
  6. Ebay. Get specific searches from Ebay auctions sent to you via rssauction.com.
  7. Package tracking. Follow your package from most of the major package carriers with this tool from simpletracking.com.
  8. Price changes. If you are watching an item and waiting for the price to fall, use RSStalker to do the work for you.
  9. Under $10. If you are really on a budget and want to find only the least expensive deals on the Internet, sign up for the SpendFish update that will alert you with any product under $10.

News

Getting news with RSS feeds is nothing new, but some of these options are truly cool. Check out the offbeat news or National Geographic updates for something a little different.

  1. Medical news. If medical news is your thing, you’ll love HubMed, which sends daily update feeds of results from your searches on PubMed medical database.
  2. Legal news. Choose your favorite legal news to be delivered through RSS feed via LexisNexis.
  3. Business news. Not only can you get business news at Yahoo!, you can also get a variety of other news touching on such topics as science, politics, and technology.
  4. National news. Get all the latest national news from such well-known agencies as ABC News and Fox News.
  5. Local news. Visit your local news station’s website to find out what RSS feeds they offer.
  6. World News. One of the top news agencies offering world news brings it to you via RSS feed at Reuters. They offer their highly entertaining Oddly Enough by RSS as well.
  7. U.S. Government. Find a huge amount of information that the government will send you through RSS feeds on USA.gov.
  8. Offbeat. Find offbeat news that others might not be reporting with Topix.
  9. Gadgets. Learn the latest news on technology gadgets with Engadget’s feeds.
  10. National Geographic. Get updates that include beautiful photos from some of the most talented photographers around with National Geographic News updates.

Tools to Do Stuff with Your Feeds

Now that you have so many new feeds coming into your reader, learn what else you can do with them. From changing them to voice, sending them to your IM, or just filtering through all you’re getting, these tools will help you manage your feeds.

  1. Page2RSS. Monitor websites that do not offer RSS feeds with an RSS that you create with this tool.
  2. RSS Mix. Use this aggregator to blend several RSS feeds into one feed you can post on your website.
  3. Ping-o-Matic. Ping other sites when you update your blog with this easy RSS feed.
  4. Feed Crier. Get real time alerts from all your favorite feeds sent to your IM with this free tool.
  5. NewsAloud. Transfer your RSS feeds to voice with this tool if you don’t have time to read your feeds.
  6. flurry. This tool will allow you to send and read RSS feeds on your mobile phone.
  7. RSS2PDF. Change your RSS feeds into PDF format documents with this tool.
  8. RSSMicro. Find RSS feeds with this feed search engine.
  9. TapTXT. Monitor all RSS feeds for specific keywords and get alerts you via IM, email, or on your mobile as soon as something is posted with those keywords.
  10. AideRSS. If your RSS feeds are out of control, this tool will help you manage them by customizing to your interest and then filtering out less popular stories.

Thanks to Alisa Miller

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