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Persistent Search to RSS Options

Yesterday I populated an RSS reader account for someone with persistent searches (definition of RSS, if needed) concerning their issue of interest via a variety of search engines. That way, they don't have to go out and do a search on 18 different search engines every day to see if there are any new results for their search term. They just log in to one inbox and any new results from any of the engines are all fed into that one place. I think it is going to save them a lot of time. And it will make them immediately aware of darned near anything on the web that's relevant to their concerns, in near real time. They're going to be psyched.

In the world of Web 2.0, you shouldn't have to go looking yourself for information you need. Your computer should bring it to you automatically.

I also set them up with a Furl account, so they can save and comment on the articles they find via the RSS feeds. I think it's all going to work out very well and they will have better access to more information, faster. And I think they'll feel less overwhelmed once they get used to it.

Here are the engines I grabbed RSS feeds from:

News Search, General

Financial News

Web Page Search

Blog, Social Bookmarking, and Multimedia Search

I think they'll love it. I was disappointed to be unable to get audio search in there. I tried scraping the search results from Podscope but was unable to get good automated links. I've emailed them asking for support of search results in RSS format.

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