Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Easy Package Tracking

While I'm sure all of you reading this have your Christmas (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Solstice) gifts wrapped and ready to give, at some point you might be interested in tracking a package or two. One of the annoyances at Amazon.com is that you have to log in each time you want to see how your package is progressing on its travel to the recipient. I just learned that you can actually get an easy RSS feed of the tracking information for any UPS, USPS or FedEx package.

Head over to the track2rss project on sourceforge. You can use their example URLs to create a feed, or enter the relevant information in the form at the bottom of the page. Once you have a link, you can copy and paste the information into your feed reader (I use NetNewsWire Lite), or use one of the links to add it to your program of choice (including web based feed readers at MyYahoo, Bloglines, MyMSN, etc.) It's great to automatically see when the tracking information has been updated.

If you are a visual person, Google Maps Mania points to PackageMapper.com, a site that plots your tracking information on a Google map (I just tried it and I get an error, so I don't know what's up with that).

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