RSS: Up to the Minute Searches (50)

November 3, 2008

November is RSS Month! To celebrate, I give you An RSS Tale:

Bob: “Hey, I just got a great deal on two Titans tickets off Craigslist!”
Jill: “Aw man, I didn’t check Craigslist today – I always forget and, frankly, I don’t have the time to check it every day.”
Bob: “I didn’t visit Craigslist today either. My RSS feed alerted me on the tickets when they were put up!”
Jill: “RSS for a Craigslist search? How???”

The end.

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I know, you’re probably really sick of RSS by now. Sure, you can read news and blogs by subscribing to an RSS feed, but you don’t feel like you have the time. I hear you.

RSS is always talked about as a way to keep up with the news, or a way to keep up with what’s going on in your industry, or a way to keep up with something else – and all of that sounds like work. But there are other ways to use RSS that are very useful and require very little “keeping up” time.

RSS for searches on Craigslist

Take our example of the Titans tickets on Craigslist. If Jill had been using RSS, she might have heard about the tickets before Bob. Maybe Jill thinks checking RSS feeds is time consuming, but for just minutes a day, you can monitor several feeds. Just start with the things that matter most to you.

Like Titans tickets.

Here’s how you can subscribe to a search on Craigslist:

Don’t care about Titans tickets?

Maybe you are shopping for an electric bass, digital TV, or kayak? You can set up your search for the brand name of the item you’re looking for.

Are you looking for a new apartment in Donelson? You can set up your search for the price range you want and any keywords that narrow your search, like “Lebanon Road.”

More than just Craigslist

Lots of shopping websites have RSS, so look for it the next time you’re on your favorite site.

And if you don’t shop online? Just wait until next week – we’ll give you another tip about RSS.

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