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What the Tech?! RSS Feed

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RSS, n;

A format for delivering aggregated web content known as “Rich Site Summary.” It pulls information from different locations into one to provide you a personalized feed of content. Your browser will monitor whatever you decide to pull into the feed and update it for you automatically. It’s similar to the action you see when you’re using Twitter and it auto-updates, except that RSS syndicates data and information from another or many websites besides its host.

Most popular blogs (WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger) allow you to generate RSS Feeds from your stream of posts. By offering this to readers, you give them the ability to stay connected to what you’re writing about all the time. Apps like Feedly, Feedburner, and the late Google Reader were all feeds powered by RSS, pulling in what the user indicates they want to follow. Soundcloud, the app for streaming music, also offers RSS options, so your playlist of podcasts will auto-update when new content is released. Many calendar apps have RSS options as well.

The first version of RSS was introduced in 1999. Though you might not be familiar with the function by name, you probably recognize the icon, which sits in the share bars of blog posts everywhere.

RSS is one of the four template pages that we are hoping to bring to Yapp through crowdfunding. There are a ton of great things you can use RSS for to enhance your Yapp — show off your blog posts, share a regularly updating playlist, pull in calendars that update automatically, and more.

RSS Feed: Help Us Build It!

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We’re running a crowdfunding campaign in hopes of funding four template pages to add to the Yapp platform. All four are pages you’ve asked for that we’re excited to see on Yapp. Each week of the campaign, we’ll be featuring one of the four pages, showing you how it works, what it can do, and why you should help fund it!

RSS Feed

We received a lot of requests for an RSS feed page by both people who are familiar with RSS and those who aren’t. RSS — which stands for “Rich Site Summary” but is often called “Really Simple Syndication” — pulls feeds from the web to create a personalized list of information like news headlines, podcasts, and blog posts (to name a few).

rss2RSS can be used for a ton of different things and by a ton of different types of Yappers. If you keep a blog that you want your users to be able to easily follow on the Yapp, you can generate an RSS link to plug in to Yapp that will show a list of your posts (like the image to the right). When a user clicks on the story they want to read, they’ll be taken to the web. Most popular blogging sites like — Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr — have simple ways to generate a feed from your content.

This new page option would also allow you to add audio feeds. Using a service like SoundCloud, you can generate an RSS feed from your account. This can include anything that’s hosted on their site — podcasts, songs, playlists, interviews, etc.

We want you to be able to showcase all of your work within your Yapp and to your Yapp community. To build the RSS feed page, we’re hoping to raise $3,500. If you’d like to see this page added to our platform, or need it in your Yapp ASAP, please contribute to fund it. If you give $80 or more, you’ll have access to the page in your account once it becomes available. You won’t be charged unless the campaign succeeds. 

Fund RSS Feed!

Product Update: Basic Theme

We’ve added a new basic theme to our library! Aptly called ‘Basic’, the theme is perfect for your next conference, business meeting, or modern party. Yapp_Editor   The theme, which uses a simple sans serif font and an accent color, comes in an array of shades — so far, 15 — and styles — light and dark.
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The light theme uses the accent color in the header and footer bars, as well as the fonts, leaving the page background white.

In contrast, the dark theme fills the page with the accent color and uses white on the bars and icons. Each will give you an easy, modern-looking app for your events, organizations, or goings-on.

If you don’t see a color you like, we can add it for you (just email us!). We hope to add more colors in the future, and enhance other features like the cover page to add an even more sharp and dynamic look.

For now, enjoy this newest theme, which you can find in your theme picker under “Basic”. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

What the Tech?! Crowdfunding

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Crowdfundingv;

Raising funds for projects by asking the community to contribute money. This is the idea behind sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdtilt, among others, that has brought to life projects like the Pebble Watch, the Veronica Mars movie, and the Oculus Rift.

Crowdfunding through the web dates back to the late ’90s, started by musicians and filmmakers in need of funding to continue their passions. It has grown from that niche of artists into an anyone-and-everyone way to make your ideas come to life. Once the project is budgeted, the creator puts together their page to include what they’re doing, why the need the money, and what you get from helping. Backers then choose a level of funding and receive some type of personalized prize. For a lot of the things being crowdfunded, the most popular backing level works like a preorder — they pay $80 to get the product early and at a discount.

It’s a great way to involve people who will use the product or service in the creation, to give them a sense of ownership. Depending on what’s being funded, it can also be a great way to involve people who were already fans a chance to show their love and support (this especially in the case of the Veronica Mars movie and the digital comeback of Reading Rainbow). Big companies and local artists have been able to find success and funding using these different platforms for all different types of projects. We are hoping to join those ranks.

Here at Yapp, we have just launched a really exciting crowdfunding campaign to fund four highly-requested template pages. We’re using Crowdtilt, an awesome platform that allowed us to run multiple campaigns at once, all under our company name. The whole team wants to see these pages come to life, and would love for you to check them out and be a part of this adventurous new territory we are exploring. If you’re looking for an Instagram page, blog feed, multi-track schedule, or image with text page for your next Yapp, please consider contributing a little (or a lot!) to the campaign of your choice.

Multi-Track Schedule: Help Us Build It!

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We’re running a crowdfunding campaign in hopes of funding four template pages to add to the Yapp platform. All four are pages you’ve asked for that we’re excited to see on Yapp. Each week of the campaign, we’ll be featuring one of the four pages, showing you how it works, what it can do, and why you should help fund it!

Multi-Track Schedule.

This page is in high demand by conference and event organizers. In its most literal form, multi-track schedule is great for events with multiple tracks — different workshops, sessions, goings-on for different types of attendees.

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But, the page can also be used to distinguish between simultaneous events that aren’t necessarily “track” based. For users like Edcamp organizers — some of our most dedicated Yappers — with multiple sessions taking place at once all in different rooms, the tracks could be the room numbers. Any session with a red coloration is in room 101.

Or, let’s say you have a multiple day event with long schedules for each day. Rather than having one super long schedule that users have to scroll through every day, or having 5 different schedule pages, you can assign each day a track color. Users will click the ‘Schedule’ icon, choose the day and see the list of events happening then.

Though multi-track is generally though of to be a tool for conferences and big events, ours will be simple yet powerful enough to work beyond those boundaries. To build multi-track schedule, we’re hoping to raise $4,500. If you’d like to see this page added to our platform, or need it in your Yapp ASAP, please contribute to fund it. If you give $80 or more, you’ll have access to the page in your account once it becomes available. You won’t be charged unless the campaign succeeds. 

Fund Multi-Track Schedule!