I absolutely love Woot!, the one-day-one-deal site that posts a new item for sale at a usually incredible price every day at midnight central time. I’ve bought a few things from the service here and there over the years, and never been on top of my game enough to grab a bag of crap, but I’m happy with the stuff I’ve bought.
But there’s a little problem. I used to subscribe to the Woot! RSS feed back when I used a desktop RSS reader, then again when I used Bloglines, and then again when I finally gave up and added it to my Livejournal friendslist. Then, before the holidays in 07, the Woot folks apparently decided that not enough people were reading their oh-so-witty blog posts, and changed the site’s RSS feed to include them, instead of the way it was before – only the daily product.
I didn’t care too much until they started posting incredibly image-heavy (not that I care about loading times, it just clogs up a list of posts in a feed reader) and generally uninteresting blog posts. I went searching their site for a products-only feed to soothe my pain, but found nothing. Eventually I turned to the rest of the Web, hoping that I couldn’t possibly be alone in my predicament, and sure enough, I’m not!
I found someone else with the same complaint; and they had actually contacted Woot about it where I hadn’t. Woot’s reply was…lacking. Essentially without being dismissive, but without being helpful either, they told him to get lost and go Google it. He didn’t like that, and when I read their response, I didn’t like it either. So he went ahead and wrote an app that parses Woot! blog feeds for just the products, and adds them to a custom Feedburner feed. Hallelujah! Trevor saves the day!
I commented to let him know how indebted I am to him for creating the feed, and now I’m telling the world so no one has to deal with what we dealt with. Check it out for yourself:
And let Trevor know he’s freaking awesome: