Did you know that Solstice Displays can be configured to show any RSS feed between meetings?
The default feed scrolls between ’solstice wireless display’ and the URL and phone number to use if you have questions, but you can supplement or replace the default with the RSS feeds of your choice. Custom RSS feeds can be designated through the Solstice Dashboard for one or all of your organization’s Solstice Displays.
There are thousands of feeds available online, but these 7 feeds are a great place to start if you are ready to customize your collaboration space.
1. Your Organization’s Feed
The RSS feed was added to Solstice by popular demand to display an organization’s RSS feed between meetings when the Solstice displays are not in use. This is a convenient way to share updates and news with anyone that is in your building or on your campus, whether they are an employee/student or guest.
2. BBC Top Headlines (http://feeds.bbci.co.uk/news/rss.xml)
For the most important events happening around the world, it’s hard to beat BBC. This feed focuses on breaking news headlines with an emphasis on world politics. Though the BBC has been praised for using less sensationalism than other news outlets, this is still a dramatic and potentially distracting feed. We find it most appropriate in high-energy spaces like a hallway or executive office.
A little less hard-hitting than BBC with a wider mix of culture and science posts, NPR still relays top news stories but in a feed that is more suitable for common areas like lunchrooms or lobbies. Though global stories are covered, this feed is more focused on events and topics specific to the United States.
4. Local Weather (find yours at http://www.rssweather.com/)
Always a safe bet, RSS Weather provides location specific weather RSS feeds for cities around the world. Since most Dashboard administrators already have displays grouped by geographical location using the tags feature (link), the relevant feeds can quickly be applied to the correct displays even across a large enterprise. This feed provides a weather forecast rather than weather news and would be a nice addition to any display’s RSS feed rotation.
Note: there are valid feeds available on this site for most large cities, but not all cities listed have usable feeds. A usable feed usually ends in rss.php; an invalid feed may end in wx.php or another non-rss phrase. You may need to use a nearby city (rather than your own exact zip code) to get a valid weather feed, or try searching for feeds from a local weather channel.
5. CNN International Financial News (http://rss.cnn.com/rss/money_news_international.rss)
There are numerous finance and economy feeds covering specific segments of the market, but we’ve found the CNNMoney international feed to give the broadest overview of the current state of the global economy. Viewers get timely information about stocks, companies, and trends, often with valuable insights from top analysts.
6. Wall Street Journal’s Tech News (http://www.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7455.xml)
Like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal has feeds available in many flavors. We love their technology feed for coverage of industry events, insights, product reviews, and use it commonly in individual’s offices and small conference rooms.
7. Word of the Day ( https://wordsmith.org/awad/rss1.xml)
Many word-of-the-day style feeds offer lengthy explanations of a word’s history and the various ways in which it can be used. This level of context is great for a blog reader, but less desirable for content scrolling across a display. The Wordsmith.org posts are short and sweet, and each week has a different theme. Some of our favorites themes have been ‘Words that appear rude, but aren’t’ and ‘Unusual synonyms’. This is the perfect feed to use in a room that typically has the Solstice display in active use so the feed is only visible for a brief time, or to break up a list of feeds with heavier content.
RSS feeds are an easy way to customize (or personalize) a room’s display and can deliver just about any type of content. To apply a feed to your Solstice Display, select the display you want to customize in the Solstice Dashboard and click ’Add RSS URL’ in the Message Center tab. Enter the feed’s URL (such as those listed above) and click ’Apply’ to start publishing that feed to the selected display(s). You can add dozens of feeds, enable/disable each feed individually, and even create your own custom message. Happy feeding!
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