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100 Uses of RSS Feeds

Many equate RSS with blogs and little else. However, we have found that RSS is multi-faceted and has a scope far beyond blogs. Take a look at these 100 ways that RSS is being used in real world situations:

1. Homework Assignments

Schools and universities can use RSS to communicate assignments.

Example: Class Homework -

2. Coupons and Deals

To find discounted products and coupons using RSS, certain websites allow you toenter your zip code so that a custom feed will be generated for your area.

Example: Zixxo -

3. Calender Updates

RSS allows you to create a business or personal calendar and keep track of deadlines with ease.

Example: Calendar Hub -

4. Birth Notices

You may monitor birth notices using RSS feeds.


5. Recipes

You can follow new recipes with ease using RSS feeds.

Example: Better Homes and Gardens Recipe of the Day -


6. Word of the Day

You may view a word of the day courtesy of an RSS feed.

Example: Word Smith -


7. Sports Scores

Whenever a game ends, the final score can be automatically downloaded to your computer, cellphone, or other RSS reader.

Example: Totally Scored -

8. Track Shipments

You can interface with the UPS, FedEx, and USPS systems, making it easier to get the tracking information you are looking for. Simply enter your UPS, FedEx, or USPS tracking number and you will be given a link to an RSS feed containing the tracking information gathered from the UPS, FedEx, and USPS systems.

Example: Simple Tracking -

9. Demo Music

Up-and-coming indie artists can increase exposure by offering music demos via RSS feeds.


10. Sex Offender Alerts

You can receive notification when a sex offender moves into a specified neighborhood.


11. Virus Alerts

RSS can deliver new virus alerts, reports of the most prevalent viruses and hoaxes, and product advisories straight to your computer.

Example: Sophos Virus Alerts -

12. Informational Alerts

Public safety departments can use RSS to act as an information portal for the general public. These sites are not intended to supplant the community notification process, but to allow the criminal justice community to promote public awareness of any potential threats and to make information regarding alerts easily and conveniently accessible.

Example: Alabama Dept of Public Safety -

13. Weather Reports

RSS feeds can allow you to monitor weather reports and alerts using RSS feeds.

Example: -

14. News Headlines

You can follow the latest news headlines by subscribing to topical news feeds.

Example: CNN -

15. Ego Monitoring

Creating keyword search feeds allows you to monitor mentions of a brand, individual, or product. Example:

Ego Search Feeds -

16. Sharing Bookmarks as Educational Resources

You may share educational or scholarly resources with classmates or peers using social bookmarking and RSS.

Example: Citeulike -

17. Mortgage Rates

RSS can allow you to receive daily story feeds and personalized rate information.

Example: Bank Rate -

18. Obituaries

You may monitor death notices by subscribing to the appropriate RSS feeds.

Example: NY Times Obituaries -

19. New Logos

RSS allows you to receive updates each time a new logo is added to the logo directory.


20. Search Engine Listings

Each time a new listing is added to a specific category or under a specific keyword, you can use RSS to receive a notification and monitor search engine listings.

Example: Ego Search Feeds -

21. Web Page Changes

You can monitor and receive instant notification of website changes via RSS feed.

Example: Montastic -

22. Restaraunt Specials

For Australian restaurants, RSS feeds that will show you the latest restaurants, restaurant specials, and featured specials are available.

Example: Best Restaurants -

23. Monitor Stocks

RSS allows you to monitor changes in stocks and investments, which are updated in the appropriate feed.

Example: Finance Investing -

24. Currency Exchange Rates

You may use RSS feeds to access accurate currency exchange rates.


25. Clinical Trials of New Medications

RSS allows you to follow clinical trials of emerging medications and experimental treatments.

Example: Clinical Trial Feeds -

26. Classifieds

You can monitor classified listings for specific items with RSS.

Example: Classified Listings -

27. Employment Opportunities

RSS feeds let you view and follow employment opportunities.

Example: Job Feeds -

28. Houses for Sale

RSS feeds allow you to view and monitor listings of houses available for sale.

Example: Realty Feeds -

29. Bible Study

The systematic teaching of the Bible is also possible with the use of RSS feeds.

Example: Bible Study -

30. New Forum Posts

You can stay current on the latest forum posts using RSS feeds.

Example: FeedForAll Forum -

31. Internal Corporate Communications

Within a business organization, RSS is instrumental in corporate communications.

32. Press Releases

You may monitor press releases in specific categories using RSS feeds.

Example: PR9 -

33. Votes of Politicians

RSS feeds allow you to check the voting records of your favorite (or least favorite) political constituents.


34. Court Rulings

Court decisions are accessible online via RSS feed.

Example: Cornell University -

35. Auction Items

RSS feeds allow you to monitor listings on eBay, notifying you each time a new item that uses the keyword you are monitoring is listed.

Example: eBay -

36. User Group Meeting Minutes

User group meeting minutes can be made easily accessible via RSS feed.

Example: Chicago Cocoa & WebObjects User Group -!forum/cawug

37. Dating Classifieds

RSS feeds offer you another means of viewing the dating classifieds of your local paper, with new listings automatically being added.

Example: NY Post -

38. Public Service Announcements

PSAs are available via RSS feeds.
Example: CDC -

39. Photographs

Microstock and stock photo websites provide new listings and categories via RSS feeds, allowing you to receive notification when new photos are listed.

Example: Stock Photos -

40. Notification of Price Changes

RSS allows you to receive instant notification of price changes.

Example: RSStalker -

41. Show Times

You can eceive notification of movie and theatre times via RSS feed.

Example: Yahoo Movies -

42. Association Meeting Minutes

Large organization and association meeting minutes can be made available via RSS feed.

Example: Boston Vegan -

43. Statistical Polls

RSS feeds allow you to monitor statistical polls.

Example: Gallup -

44. Online Training

An RSS feed or podcast can deliver online training. New lessons are added on a regular basis and can become progressively more difficult.

Example: CareerStep -

45. Tutorials

Tutorials can be delivered using RSS feeds.


46. Cartoons

Cartoons can be made more easily available by RSS feeds.


47. Joke of the Day

Daily jokes can be delivered via an RSS feed.


48. High Scores

High scores on video games and players' standings can be distributed to players using RSS.


49. TV Recaps

Televsion show recaps can also be made available through an RSS feed, offering an easy solution to missing an episode by allowing you simply to subscribe to the feed.


50. Quote of the Day

You may recieve a quote of the day using an RSS feed.


51. Flight Deals

RSS feeds allow you to monitor travel deals from major airlines, allowing you simply to enter the city from which you normally depart to receive notification of any flight deals.


52. Available Apartments

You can receive notification of apartments for rent or lease using RSS feeds.


53. Notification of Events

RSS feeds allow you to receive notification of upcoming events for your location or region.

Example: Eventful -

54. Corporate News

Companies often provide corporate news using an RSS feed.


55. Press Releases

Press releases are available through an RSS feed.


56. Software Release Notes

Software release notes can be distributed using RSS feeds, allowing you to receive instant notification of software updates.


57. Legislative Activity

Legistlative bills and laws are accessible via an RSS feed.


58. Health Alerts

An RSS feed can deliver findings from clinical trials, and other such health alerts.

Example - National Institute of Health -

59. Bankruptcy Filings

Records of bankruptcy filings are accessible through RSS.


60. Home Foreclosures

RSS feeds can also offer alerts regarding home foreclosures in your area.


61. Auction Alerts

RSS feeds can deliver auction alerts, notifying you of any new listings under a certain keyword.


62. Deal of the Day

An RSS feed can notify you of a "deal of the day."


63. Museum Tours

Museum tours are also available via RSS feeds.


64. Reports of Animal Abuse

RSS feeds can alert you to animal or pet abuse reports.


65. Travel Guide

You can use an RSS feed to access travel information such as travel deals and discounts.


66. Allergy Reports

An RSS feed can deliver allergy alerts.


67. Flight Schedules

You may monitor airport flight delays using RSS feeds.


68. Diet and Nutrition

Advice An RSS feed can make advice regarding diet and nutrition easily accessible.


69. Astrology - Fortunes

Daily horoscope feeds allow a feed to deliver your daily sun sign horoscope to you.

Example: Astrocenter -

70. Search Craigslist

RSS search tools can allows you to search cragslists RSS feeds and locate items based on keywords.

Example: Craigslist -

71. Concert Notifications

You may receive notifications of upcoming concerts in your area via RSS. Example: SongKick -

72. Restaurant Reviews

You may view reviews of restaurants in different areas using RSS feeds.

Example: Vancouver Restaurant Reviews -

73. Fashion Advice

You can access fashion tips more conveniently using an RSS feed.


74. Consumer Reports

Consumer reports are available via RSS.


75. Racing Results

You may access racing results more easily with an RSS feed.


76. Political Polls

RSS feeds can make the results of political polls easily accessible.


77. Political Debates

You may follow debates regarding local and state political concerns using an RSS feed.


78. Businesses for Sale

You can learn about new businesses available for sale using RSS feeds.


79. Cars for Sale

RSS can allow you to view cars for sale with greater ease.


80. Reminders

You may recieve simple reminders for one-time or recurring events using RSS.

Example: ReminderFeed -

81. Track Hotel Deals

You can track discounts and deals on hotels and travel destinations using RSS feeds.



82. Product Recalls

An RSS feed can deliver alerts of product recalls.


83. New Web Templates

Notification of newly posted web templates are posted to web template directories using RSS feeds.



84. Sports Team News

You can get the latest sports news on your favorite teams via RSS feeds.

Example: Sports Feeds -

85. Conference Schedule Updates

Updates to conference schedules may be accessible via an RSS feed.


86. PowerPoint Templates

RSS feeds of new powerpoint templates are available.


87. Community Service
You can use RSS to track volunteer opportunities in your area.

Example: USA Service -

88. eBay Search Feeds

You may create custom eBay auction search feeds and and receive notification when new products are available for sale.

Example: eBay -

89. eBook Chapters

RSS feeds for many books are available online.

Example: iChapters -

90. Audio Books

RSS can also make audio books more easily accessible.

Example: Librivox -

91. Website Updates

RSS feeds allow you to keep track of news and events posted on websites.

Example: Piermont Library -

92. Track Downtime

You may track the downtime of a website and receive notification of any problems it encounters via RSS feed.

Example: Site 24X7 -

93. Trivia RSS feeds can be used to deliver daily trivia and brain teasers to you.

Example: Braingle -

Example: Disney Trivia -

94. Museum Exhibit Schedule

Museum exhibit announcements and schedule changes can be delivered through RSS feeds.

Example: Portland Museum -

95. Consumer Report Recalls

You can use RSS to monitor consumer report recalls and receive instant notification of recalls in specific categories.

Example: Consumer Reports -

97. WikiPages Updates

RSS may be used to monitor changes to WikiPages, in particular to track specific pages for any content changes or edits.


98. Tide Schedule

You may follow changes in the tide using RSS feeds.

Example: Local Marine Weather Tides -

99. Train Schedule

RSS and TXT feeds of subway outages are available.


100. Flight Delays

You can use RSS feeds to learn about flight delays through either airline-specific feeds or general flight delay feeds.

Example: Airline News Today -

About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll audio recording and editing software.