Monitor TRIResults.com with ZapTXT!

I just added a new feature “Monitor with ZapTXT!” to triresults.com.  ZapTXT is another project I am involved in.  It is a free service that lets you monitor one or many RSS or Atom feeds for a set of keywords that interest you. It will monitor the feeds for you and send you a notification whenever one of your feeds matches your criteria. You can choose to receive these notices via Email, Mobile device (SMS) or Instant Messenger.

From now on, if you would like to be notified each time I update triresults.com, you can use ZapTXT.  Just click the green Z image on triresults.com and fill out a short form. (You won’t have to leave the triresults page; the whole process is done via the lightbox.)  Currently, there are two RSS feeds that I expose on the main triresults page: Blog and New Events.  If you pick both during the registration, you’ll be notified every time I write a new post or add a new event.  

In addition to monitoring the triresults site as a whole, you can use ZapTXT to follow specific athletes, yourself or any other triathlete in TRIResults. To do so, go to the results page for the athlete and click on the green ZapTXT Z. A form will appear allowing you to set up monitoring for this athlete. Using this feature, you will be notified every time new results are added for this person. Check out Chris McCormack’s results page: http://triresults.com/triathlon_athlete.cfm?participant_id=39211. Scroll down and you’ll see the ZapTXT Z.  Or, if you’re a fan of Chrissie Wellington, monitor her results here:  http://triresults.com/triathlon_athlete.cfm?participant_id=164453).

The benefit of ZapTXT is that you don’t have to keep returning to triresults to see if there is new data. You just set up a ZapTXT Task and the system does it for you. Less time at the computer = More time training.

New Events RSS

There are a lot of people who prefer to use RSS rather than go to individual sites (I am one of them). Up till recently triresults.com had no RSS feeds at all, even though I spend most of my day working with RSS technology. A couple of days ago I added an RSS support to the page that displays athletes results and today I added another RSS feed, “New Events RSS”, that shows last 25 events that were added to triresults.com:

New Events RSS

If you click on it, you’ll see something like this:

New Events RSS Feedburner

When you click the event name link, it will take you to the results page for that event. Let me know if you have any questions.

RSS for Athlete’s Results

I added an RSS feed for each athlete’s results. For those who don’t know what RSS is, here’s a Wikipedia article about it. You can get to the RSS URL from every athlete’s results page. Click on the orange RSS image in the lower right corner (see image below) and you’ll be taken to the RSS page for this athlete’s results. Now you can copy the URL and paste it in your RSS Reader. Here’s an RSS page for Luke Bell.

Subscribe to these results with RSS