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13 Feb 2010 10:02
How to use filters in feeds to select items of interest in a long feed
FeedBack ( 0) When the number of items in a feed can become numerous, you can use Enfeedia's filter feature to help the viewer find items of interest. Each news item includes a filter field into which you can enter one or more filter terms when posting an item. Each term can provide various "keywords" that make sense for the theme of items in your feed.
For example, for a feed about sports, for each item you could enter a sports category, a league, and a city. A visitor broadly interested in items pertaining to basketball could select that filter term. If interested in a sports in a given city, the city could be specified. Or if interested only in, say, tennis in a particular city, the terms tennis and city name could be specified to select only tennis items in the feed for that city.
Here's a real example, taken from Vacation Rentals In The News. In this case, filter terms are state, specific location within the state, and vacation rentals provider by name. To see all items in the feed, the link is:
To see all vacation rentals specials in New Mexico, the link is:
and within the Santa Fe area:
To implement feeds with filters on your website, you could either simply list the alternatives, or provide a means using a HTML form to allow the viewer to select filter terms from a pre-determined list. Using the sports example above, if your site had different pages for each sport category, you could display the same feed on each page but with the filter set to the sport category for that page, and show just those items on that page corresponding to that page's sports category. Or if you had a separate page for each city, you would use city filters to present all sports categories for that city.
One can see how this can be applied to many topics: real estate by type, by area, by school district, by price range, and so on. Investments by type, market, industry, country, etc.