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What are the “Your global feeds” on the Dashboard?

The “Your global feeds” section includes a RSS feed and an iCalendar feed. These feeds allow you to subscribe to all your projects via RSS (what is RSS?) or all the milestones in your projects in iCalendar format (what is iCalendar?) without having to subscribe to each project’s feeds individually.

Global feeds box

Why would I want to subscribe to my RSS feed?
RSS is the best 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.

Why would I want to subscribe to my iCalendar feed?
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.

Important security note about web-based RSS newsreaders and calendars
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.

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