One days deals from outfits like LivingSocial and Groupon has become a huge hit in the trendy but financial conscious times since you can get steak dinners and full body massages for $8. I want to take advantage of deals like these IF I would care about them and not be flooded in my inbox. In comes my digital life assistant, Audrey. Today, in about 15 minutes, I taught Audrey how to go out to these sites and snarf the deals of the day and file them away. Then, go through the deals looking for particular words that I would be interested in… like “massage” and “restaurant” and display these deals on my dashboard. If I am not able to review my dashboard by noon (since I am not home for example) she will add the item to my task list to review where ever I am.
Since I just started, it will take some time for me to teach Audrey what kinds of deals I like so it is pretty open right now (“show me everything but…”) but I hope to fine tune the list for her to really know kind of deals are interesting to me. I am thinking that I will have her track the titles of the deals I click on and then build the common word database from that.
Details for the Geeks
For the tech on how I did this, here are the ingredients:
Remember, I am not a professional coder by any means so edit for your own purposes and use at your own risk.
‘============================================================= ‘ check_groupon.txt ‘ Check Groupon RSS feed and populate HS devices ‘ Lee Rogers 3:23 PM 2/1/2011 ‘ http://digitallifediaries.com Sub Main strRSSUrl = “http://feeds.feedburner.com/grouponphoenix” Set xmlDoc = CreateObject(“Microsoft.XMLDOM”) xmlDoc.async = False xmlDoc.Load(strRSSUrl) set xmlDocElement = xmlDoc.documentElement Set xmlTitle = xmlDocElement.getElementsByTagName(“title”) Set xmlLink = xmlDocElement.getElementsByTagName(“link”) mSubject = xmlTitle.item(1).Text mlink = xmlLink.item(1).Text hs.writelog “Deals”, mSubject hs.SetDeviceString “x50″, “” & mSubject & ““, True End Sub