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    8 Replies Latest reply on Jan 7, 2008 2:22 AM by ysdata

    Mash-ups and RSS?

    youthlax Newbie

      I run a Youth Lacrosse League and was wondering if anyone had so suggestions about good ways to use mash-ups and RSS feeds to provide more infomration on my website. My husband talks aout these things all the time, but I don't really understand what they are or how to use them.





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          Techie Wayfarer
          RSS is great to provide if the website is changing/updating content all the time. It allows the user to easily receive updates in a consolidated view. Read more about it on wikipedia:
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            DomainDiva Ranger
            Your web host should be able to incorporate any feeds you want into your site.
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              BDS INC Adventurer
              Domain Diva and Techie provide some great responses but my question is do the folks who use your site really get RSS? I was reading a study on adoption rates for RSS and the rates are really low and it is usually young people or highly educated individuals who get the technology and actually use it. I guess my advice is to understand the adoption rate of your sites users before you tackle providing feeds.
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                guitarboy8d6 Newbie
                My company specialises in things of that nature. If you are intrested in some advice or things of that nature go to, on site that may spark your intrest one we just did for a local political group It has rss feed and things like that. You could maybe do a blog or something like that as well. There are tons of options.
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                    guitarboy8d6 Newbie
                    Sorry for the spelling mistakes this is only my second post on this forum and thought It said preveiw message not post message. I am used to post on other forums with that option.

                    My company specializes in things of that nature. If you are interested
                    in some advice or things of that nature go to One site
                    that may spark your interest we just did for a local political group
                    it has rss feeds and a podcast and so on. You could maybe do a blog or something
                    like that as well. There are tons of options.

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                    You can use Widgets for RSS Feeds and embed them on your website. If you can give me all the feeds URLs that you want. I can create the widget for you and give you the code to place it on your website.

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                      You've got two different directions going on here at the same time (grin):

                      RSS feeds FROM your website and TO your website. You can do both, but keep them separate in your head, or it will explode!

                      RSS from your website is a way to keep folks updated on new content that you post to your site. When you update your website with new content, your RSS feed also gets updated with the new item(s). How this happens (technically) is beside the point (could be database driven or maybe a 3rd party service).

                      People who are interested in your content, and see you have an RSS feed (you usually provide an icon with a link to the RSS feed/page/xml), and will subscribe to it using an RSS reader/software (3rd party, Google Reader, integration with browser or email client - there are lots of choices for RSS readers).

                      That's about it - once it's all setup and running, you update your website, RSS process updates the feed, RSS readers become aware of the new feed/content, and pull it into the reader, and subscriber sees new content.

                      It's not exactly the same as seeing it on YOUR website (they see text content, maybe an embedded image), but the young'uns like it because they can see updates to a lot of websites (with RSS feeds) from their central RSS reader.

                      RSS TO your website means pulling in other websites's content feeds (RSS streams) and presenting it on your website as content. A Mashup would be taking different RSS and other content feeds and 'mashing' them together in some meaningful way.

                      Ex: real estate site could take housing prices from one RSS, median incomes from another, and crime rates from a third, mash them up, and give an interesting picture of a neighborhood. Now, push all that into a mapping service (google maps) and you get a nice visual of the area!

                      Hope that helps.
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                        ysdata Newbie
                        If you have access to your FTP site this is a simple code you can use with notepad.

                        <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
                        <rss version="2.0">
                        <title>The title of my RSS 2.0 Feed</title>
                        <description>This is my rss 2 feed description</description>
                        <lastBuildDate>Mon, 12 Sep 2005 18:37:00 GMT</lastBuildDate>
                        <title>Title of an item</title>
                        <pubDate>Mon, 12 Sep 2005 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
                        <description>This is the description</description>
                        <!-- put more items here -->

                        Do not change text in bold, or text inside <>
                        Save As and upload to your site. You can find the logo (picture) on google.