Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Package Tracking & RSS: A Natural Fit?

I have a badly needed printer on it's way.

It is being shipped by UPS. If you are like me, and have some obsessive compulsive type tendencies, you probably check the package tracking more often than necessary.

As I refreshed the UPS page today for the 2nd or 3rd time to find out that still nothing has changed since yesterday, I thought:

"Wouldn't this be a good fit for RSS?"

What do you think?

If you had a choice of a personalized RSS feed that automatically updated in your favorite RSS reader as your package's status changed, would you chose and use that over a web page?

Any other seemingly obvious fits for RSS that you have stumbled upon?

Love to hear your thoughts!!

Update
In a short period of time I recieved a comment from "SAI" providing a link to the "Universal Package Tracking" offered on iSnoop.net.

According to the site it will accept tracking numbers from UPS, FedEx, USPS, or DHL/AirBorne. I entered my UPS tracking number, and it worked as advertised. A RSS feed was created for my shipment, and a Google Map showing each location that it stopped at as it progressed to delivery.

Great find SAI! And next time you have a package to track, check out iSnoop's tool.

4 comments:

  1. Having a rss feed for packages I think would go great. The only possible problem I can think of is security, if any of your personal information is published there is no standard way to password protect that I can find. There are ways to protect it but they all require a special setup. But if security is not the issue then slapping an rss feed on it is something I would do.

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  2. Kyle:

    Security is always important to consider, but I don't think package tracking currently has any security.

    To check on the tracking status with FedEx, UPS or USPS you simply need to have the tracking number.

    Thanks for joining the conversation!

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  3. I just have to point out something. I stumbleuponed this site that does exactly what you wanted with the addition to see it in Google Maps!
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    "This page will automatically generate an RSS feed for that tracking number and will keep you up to date as the shipment progresses."

    http://isnoop.net/tracking/

    I haven't used it yet since I haven't ordered anything in a while. Do tell me how reliable it is. Cheers.

    ~SAI~

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  4. SAI:

    Awesome link. Thanks!!

    My package arrived today, so the obsessive checking is over... but I ran the tracking number through iSnoop.net/tracking.

    It works exactly as advertised. It shows a Google Map with each stop, and provides an RSS feed. I tried loading the RSS feed into Google Reader and a desktop RSS reader - and it worked great.

    I'll update the original post.

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