Thursday, July 09, 2009
Txt Me When My Favorite Blog Updates? OMG!
I've now reached the point where I don't even check my RSS reader anymore because it's too overwhelming. With over 1000 unread items, I've just given up. And yet, I know I'm missing some great blog posts and unfortunately, when you miss the posts, you sometimes miss the great conversations too.
I'm guilty of relying on Twitter to alert me of new blog posts and yet I know I'm missing plenty of great posts. Using Twitter as an RSS aggregator is not the most efficient way to consume blog feeds anyway, in my opinion.
So, I know I need to trim my reader but there are a few blogs that I would really like to read right away when they update and I don't check blogs often enough to join in the conversations in a timely manner.
I was very excited today when I ran across Pingie! Pingie is an RSS to SMS solution and will send you a text message when the blog (whose atom feed you enter) updates with a new post. All you have to do is sign up, add your cellphone number then add the atom feed to the blog(s) you want alerts from. You get a 2 line text message with a weblink to the actual post so, if you're on a smartphone, you can read the post from your phone.
There's even a widget you can add to your own blog to allow others to subscribe on your own blog.
I love this idea because because not only will it help me stay on top of my favorite few, but parents can remain on top of class blogs more easily too. I already subscribed and got my first alert!