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5 Apps for your end of the summer vacations

Today is the first day of August, which sadly means that there’s really only one more month of summer (though don’t count on the weather cooling down much). This also means you have a whole month to take advantage of those summer Fridays and cram in a summer vacation or two. Of course, Yapp is always a great app to use when planning a vacation or long weekend road trip, but here are some more apps to help you make the last weeks of summer the best yet.

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Instagram Page: Help Us Build it!

 

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!

Instagram Template Page

Instagram is one of the web’s most popular photo-sharing platforms on the market right now (as you probably already know) and also happens to be one of our most frequently requested pages.

Since the app is a great way to share your photos with family, friends or the entire world, overtime more and more people been looking for ways to integrate Instagram feeds outside of the app… including us! Much like our Twitter template page, an Instagram template page will give you the chance to easily hook up an account or hashtag for weddings, conferences, and more.

We want you to be able to showcase all of your work within your Yapp and to your Yapp community. To build the Instagram 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. 

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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!