Using FeedWax: How to curate local content

Using FeedWax: How to curate local content

Using FeedWax: How to curate local content

How to use Feedwax

Firstly you will need a user account and a noticeboard to post the feeds to. These could be set up for the specific story you want to create and make it clear they are automated or simply be part of your standard user information.

Armed with these, start the process by signing into the service at before proceeding to the URL in a separate browser.

The first screen shows a series of grey buttons for existing social media platforms – take your pick by clicking on the one you want to work with. If you want to geotag an RSS feed from some other source, click on the words ‘FeedWax geocoder’ in the text underneath.


The first time you click the ‘feed this into notice’ button will show you a list of the content which will go into your feed and then you will be taken off to the part of the journey where you signed in earlier and be asked to authorise the app. Once you have clicked the button ‘authorise access’ you will see a blue button to ‘add new feed’.


Clicking this will open up a form which has your feed from pre-filled in the URL.

Choose your noticeboard (project space) from the dropdown list. If you’d like all the information located to one geography, enter its lat and long reading and choose whether you’d like it all automated or to go to a staging post for you to approve. If you tick, scheduled, it is automated. (You can always come back and check this later if you’d rather try it manually first.)

Once you click ‘add new feed, all the content you are being offered to import for the first time will be presented to you on the next screen.

When you’re happy that the feed is containing items that you were expecting, import to your noticeboard and it will publish immediately.

If you choose the automatic option, that’s it, the site will update everytime there’s new content to post. If you chose to do it manually, you’ll need to go back into the ‘your feeds’ menu and click to import at which ever period of time suits your project.

Tagging all the feed content with one location

In the UK, people tweeting with their location enabled isn’t very commonplace. If you are issuing and promoting a specific hashtag as part of a ‘call out’ for a project, you can make it clear in accompanying ext and instrctions that this necessary. However, some people don’t feel comfortable doing it and you may still end up with tweets which are correctly tagged and obviously intended for publication but which don’t contain the necessary geo-tag to do into the automated feed. One option is to send all the tweets to one location and re-asign them manually.

Another reason for assigning all tweets to a specific location could be to track a hashtag that is only about one location such as a gig or major sporting event.

To do this, assign the location in the boxes at the bottom of the form by checking the button marked ‘assign’ unlocated tweets. You can find the exact lat and long using a third party service (eg. or the map/search box on the right of the page shown below.

Deleting a feed

While some feeds, such as planning applications for example, are intended to run on an ongoing basis, your project may also have a specific time-frame such as an event, a season or a news story. In order to reduce the risk of your project being spammed or requiring your time in constant moderation of your noticeboard, it’s advisable to delete the feed once concluded.

To do this:

  1. log into and click to ‘authorise access’
  2. in the menu ‘your feeds’ you should see the one or more you need to delete with a clickable hyperlinked blue description.
  3. when you click on one, you will be presented with two blue buttons on the top right to edit or delete.
  4. click delete and you will be asked to confirm the action as there is no reinstate option.

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