A few days ago, Yahoo! Announced RSS features incorporated into their email service. That’s great news for the few people who know and use RSS feeds. But, the aim is teach and tell the world that RSS is your friend.
SMS text messaging on the other hand is established, understood, and used by almost all. Hey, my mom replied to a text message I sent her, she’s in her mid 50’s I mean, she looks 28 tho (hi mom).
So Yahoo! has decided that meshing the two together would be a nice means to get RSS into the public’s eye. SMS meet RSS, WTH, OMG, BRB!
What do all these 3 letter acronyms mean? RSS means: the moment a website is updated, you are somehow notified. SMS, that’s the technology we use to send text messages. Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and Short Message Service (SMS) together sound like a great idea. So I tried it out!
Setting up the feed was not so tough, I chose to have my mobile phone alerted when LIVEdigitally.com was updated. I also stuck some of my personal friends’ blogs in there for a test of how the phone handled feeds from multiple sites.
A few clicks, copys, pastes, saved changes, and I was ready to RSS via SMS. The first 120 characters of the feed are sent to your device. After about 10 minutes, I got three different RSS feeds sent to me via Yahoo!! I was so excited to see which websites had been updated.
Upon looking at the text message, I could only see that Yahoo! sent me the text, and the first 120 characters in the newly updated post. I had no clue who wrote it, or where to go in order to finish the rest of the story. I may have my alert settings fumbled, or there’s something wrong with this beta release.
Yahoo! has a great idea, but there’s a small chink in the chain. I see this as a long jump in the right direction. I was trying to get some sort of RSS reader onto my phone, with no third party luck. Thanks Yahoo! keep up the good work.