Roll Your Own RSS

I was browsing the BBC web site today and came across a really clever use of RSS. The BBC allows you to create your own RSS feed based on content stored on their web site.

You use the BBC search engine to find the content you’re interested in and then subscribe to the search results. This is a clever way to subscribe to a very specific subject, rather than the more generic BBC News or BBC Sports feeds that are offered.

I would like to see this feature offered on other web sites. Some RSS feeds I subscribe to cover a very broad spectrum of news where I might only be interested in certain subject areas.

The ability to fine tune an RSS feed would be an asset on any web site where a large quantity of content is published. I could see people liking this.

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