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Monitor a specific RSS

"For all the RSS feeds I subscribe to I use Google Reader, which I love. I do however have a couple of specific RSS feeds that I'd like to be notified of as soon as they get updated (say, for example, an RSS feed for a forum I like to monitor and respond to as quickly as possible).

Are there any tools out there for this kind of monitoring which also have some kind of alert functionality (for example, a prompt window)?

I've tried Simbolic RSS Alert but I found it a bit buggy and couldn't get it to alert me as often as I liked.

Suggestions? Or perhaps a different experience with Simbolic?"

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Guest [Entry]

"If you have access to Microsoft Outlook 2007 or Thunderbird, these email clients allow you to add RSS feeds in the same way you would add an email account.

I use Google Reader generally but when I want to keep up-to-date with something specific, I add the RSS feed to Outlook and it arrives in my inbox as if it was an email."
Guest [Entry]

"RSS isn't ""push"", which means that you need to have something that polls the website. It's much less traffic than getting the whole site or front page (for instance, you can say ""Give me all articles newer than the last time I asked""), but it's traffic nonetheless.

It's generally understood you shouldn't have a refresh of more than 30 minutes in an automated client. (Citation required).

Having said that, you may find a client which allows you to set a more frequent refresh."
Guest [Entry]

"RSS2mail is a simple python script which I used extensively a few years back.

As Matthew stated you really shouldn't bother an RSS feed more than the producer allows but you can use http headers to check for changes in a very light way which is something rss2email does quite well."
Guest [Entry]

"You could always knock something up yourself... I've done it in the past and it really isn't too difficult a job to write an RSS parser.

Of course, as others have mentioned, there's an etiquette question as to how much of the website's valuable bandwidth you want to hog for yourself in RSS request traffic. That's a matter for your own conscience. ;)"