It may not be hard for some to keep track of website updates. Maybe you just check four or five news sites a day, which you can cover in great time. However, even though this may be a nice method of staying informed, you may require a quicker method of receiving new information.
It’s really easy to get SMS alerts when a website’s RSS feed has been updated. Using the IFTTT.com service that combines the two – RSS and SMS – getting updates on new content is super easy and free.
Make The IFTTT Recipe
Step 1: Login to IFTTT here (or sign up for an account here).
Step 2: Click “Create” from the menu at the top of the page.
Step 3: Press the word “this” to define what needs to take place.
Find and select “Feed.”
Then choose “New feed item.”
Then paste the desired feed URL in the text box.
Press “Create Trigger” to finish this first part of the recipe.
Step 4: Now the result of the trigger needs to be define. Choose “that” from the next window.
Click the text that says “View all Channels” (or go here) to find the SMS channel.
Choose the “SMS” channel. You’ll then be asked to set up your phone number with the channel. This involves entering your number and then confirming your possession of the phone with a verification code.
Now choose “Send me an SMS” as the result of the RSS feed trigger.
Accept the defaults and click “Create Action” to continue to the last step.
Step 5: Give the recipe a descriptive name for identify it later if you are to add more to your account.
This is a dead simple way to get updates to your favorite sites right when IFTTT finds a new published article in an RSS feed.