More granular block/neighborhood feeds

Apr222008

We’ve added the ability to customize per-block and per-neighborhood RSS feeds.

Since January, we’ve offered RSS feeds for every block and neighborhood in each EveryBlock city. (Confused? Visit What is RSS? for an explanation.) Until now, those feeds have included every news item—crimes, news articles, restaurant inspections, and everything else—and there was no way to opt out of particular types. Now there is.

On our new feed customization pages (example), you can specify exactly which types of news you’d like to appear in your feed. So, for example, if you live in a restaurant-heavy part of town and don’t want to get overwhelmed with business reviews from Yelp, just uncheck that box to get a feed that excludes business reviews. You can exclude as many news types as you like; we’ll give you a single feed that includes exactly what you want and excludes exactly what you don’t want.

As you might be able to tell by reading this blog, we regularly add new types of information to EveryBlock. By default, our block and neighborhood RSS feeds automatically include new data types as soon as they’re added. But if you’re looking for a stable, specific feed—like, say, all restaurant inspections in North Beach, for use on your North Beach restaurant blog—you can get a feed that only includes the information you requested, with a guarantee that new data types won’t be added to that feed. To do this, uncheck the box that says “When new data types are added, include them in the feed automatically.”

To access the new feeds, search for a block or neighborhood, then click “Custom RSS feeds” in the upper right. If you have any comments or suggestions about this new feature, please get in touch with us either through the contact form at the bottom of each EveryBlock page or by e-mail at feedback at everyblock.com.

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