How to filter USA-related stuff in RSS rumours?

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  1. CyberGene macrumors newbie

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    I understand a lot of Apple users are situated in USA and they would be interested in rumours and stuff related to Apple products in USA (like Verizon vs AT&T, etc.) but since I live in EU and am not interested in those, is there any way to have two separate RSS feeds - one related to pure Apple news and rumours (without USA-specific information) and another one with the USA-specific info included?
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Believe me, we hate the Verizon people in the US too. :D
     
  3. CyberGene thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As of now, these are the 10 last articles I got in my RSS reader:

    "Verizon Reserving Right to Throttle Data Speeds for Top 5% of Users"
    "iOS 4.3, Personal Hotspot, and iPad 2 Introduction Within Next Ten Days?"
    "Verizon iPhone Available for Pre-Order to Existing Customers"
    "Early Verizon iPhone Reviews: Better Reception, Slower Data"
    "iPad 2 Spotted at 'The Daily' News Event"
    "AT&T to Bump DataPro + Tethering Plan to 4 GB Per Month"
    "Best Buy to Carry Verizon iPhone Beginning February 10th"
    "'The Daily' Available in App Store, In-App Subscriptions Now Supported"
    "Live Coverage of Launch of 'The Daily'"
    "Apple Announces iPhone Pre-Orders Tomorrow for Existing Verizon Customers"

    8 out of 10 are related to either Verizon, AT&T or 'The Daily'.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Sounds like if you filter, you will get no news
    I suppose just turning it off would have the same affect
     
  5. CyberGene thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, not exactly. If I filter out the USA-news, the remaining one will be two news:
    1. iPad 2
    2. The forthcoming iOS 4.3

    I am not sure if RSS supports tagging, but the other 8 news could probably be tagged with "usa-related" and everyone would be happy.
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Ha, Ha... not likely :)

    I have no idea about the possibilities, but everyone has their own ideas about what is relevant to them and what is not.
     
  7. Doctor Q Administrator

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    The technical answer is that filtering would require that stories be tagged as US or non-US, which the editors don't currently do, plus software to generate feeds based on those tags, which we currently don't have.
     
  8. CyberGene thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I agree. However many other "rumor" type sites in my RSS reader stick to general rumours concerning the brand or the model or whatever it is about and not localized news or news concerning local providers, carriers, stores, etc.

    You must admit that Verizon and AT&T are just mobile carriers in USA. Imagine what would happen if we read about every single carrier around the world that provides iPhone.
     
  9. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Just be patient. All the Verizon hubbub will die down before long. It always does.
     
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    MacRumors is a USA based site. Deal with it. If it makes you feel better, American bashing is all the rage in PRSI.
     
  11. Dagless macrumors Core

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    A similar thing happened when the iPhone went multi-carrier here in the UK and Europe. Lots and lots of stories about it. It's just at the moment this Verizon event is a big deal to Macrumors.

    Filters would be cool though. I certainly would like European/UK specific rumours and announcements. If the option was available I'd happily block out any iPad rumours :p.
     
  12. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    This is true. The fact is, there are more annoying Americans than there are annoying Brits. ;)
     
  13. MOFS macrumors 65816

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    Is that by the same people who do http://www.pcrumors.com?;)

    Regarding Macrumors being an American site: It is, but I feel it's big enough to count itself as more of a worldwide site. Certainly the coverage is broad enough, and it's base must be 50-50 North America: rest of world [cue Doctor Q to the rescue].
     
  14. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Our audience is slightly over 50% U.S.-based, with the UK coming in second with just under 10%.

    http://www.quantcast.com/macrumors.com#country

    Yes, we are in the U.S., and so is Apple, and with the U.S. being by far our largest source of visitors, we of course have a lot to say about things going on in this country.

    As mentioned, we currently don't have the ability to generate tagged RSS feeds, although that may be added at some point in the future. I can't say for sure though...
     
  15. OllyW Moderator

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    With London as the top (known) city.
     
  16. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Maybe not. They have NYC broken up into 9 areas and maybe more on the next page. I didn't do the math though.
     

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