Global & RSS feeds
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- RSS basics
- Setting it up with your projects
- Setting it up globally
- Global milestone calendar
- Using other RSS feed readers
- OpenID & RSS
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) lets you subscribe to specific content feeds and aggregate this information in one place to be read when you’re ready. Think of it as a feed of all your Basecamp project activities delivered to you so you can read through it when you want. If you’re curious, you can read more on RSS.
RSS is a great way to stay on top of the major activity across all your projects. Whenever a new message or comment is posted, a new to-do added, a milestone completed, an event created, or a file uploaded, your RSS feed will be updated. This means you don’t have to keep logging into Basecamp to see if there’s anything new.
Your RSS feed is protected and authenticated by your own unique username and password (the same one you use to log into your account). Your RSS reader will prompt you to enter your username and password to update your feed. You’ll need to use a newsreader that supports RSS authentication. Do not share your RSS feed with anyone — each person in your Basecamp account has their own special RSS feed.
Once you have your RSS newsreader software, you can copy the URL/address for one of your Basecamp RSS feeds and paste that URL into the subscription option of your newsreader (note: some news readers, like NetNewsWire, lets you just drag a link directly into the program to add the news feed).
To subscribe to a project’s RSS feed, go to the project’s “Overview” tab and click the link that says “Subscribe to your project RSS feed” in the right sidebar.
You’ll now be subscribed to that RSS feed, and depending on how often you’ve set your newsreader to refresh the feeds, you’ll be kept up to date on your projects without having to log into Basecamp.
Basecamp lets you subscribe to to a project’s RSS feed or your global (all projects) RSS feed. You will then be notified any time someone posts a message, comment, or file, or adds or completes a to-do item or milestone, or adds an event to a project.
To subscribe to your global (all projects) RSS feed, go to your Dashboard and click the link that says “Subscribe to your project RSS feed” at the bottom of the page.
The “Your global feeds” section includes an iCalendar feed. This feed allows you to subscribe to all the milestones in your projects in iCalendar format (what is iCalendar?) without having to subscribe to each project’s feeds individually:
iCalendar is an open standard that allows different calendars to share information. If you use a desktop or web-based calendar that can subscribe to iCalendar feeds, you’ll be able to view your Basecamp milestones and events alongside all your other calendar items. Here’s a list of iCalendar-compatible calendar programs. Do not share your iCalendar feed with anyone — each person in your Basecamp account has their own special iCalendar feed.
Basecamp Classic RSS feeds are password protected for your security. You need to use an RSS reader that supports authentication or password protected feeds.
If you’re a Safari user, RSS feeds are supported, but not in the format that Basecamp provides. There is a workaround though. Instead of loading the URL directly and letting the Mac Keychain store the username and password, embed the username (API token) and password in the URL and it will load fine. Like this:
iPad users should check out feedHopper to view RSS feeds.
For OpenID users: If you are prompted to enter a username and password by your feed reader or third party product, you can use your API token. You can find your API token by clicking “My info” in the upper right of your screen within Basecamp. Your tokens are listed near the bottom of the screen. Use your API token in the username field and any value (“X” is usually a good bet) in the password field.
You should not subscribe to your RSS or iCalendar feed with a web-based feedreader or calendar that doesn’t guarantee your feeds are kept private (otherwise other people or search engines may be able to see your data). You should confirm your feed will be kept private with the company that provides your newsreader or calendar service.