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Wednesday, April 14, 2010


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I've been using Yahoo Pipes' "Fetch Feed" and "Union" modules to build a mashed feed, for the times when I need a unified view of multiple sources. The resulting pipe isn't listed in the Pipes directory or your Pipes profile, though if you somehow knew the URI you can still subscribe to it -- as a kind of privacy through obscurity.

It's funny that Facebook assumes you really just want to import one blog feed. If they really wanted be the go-to place for social interactions, I'd think they would want to import everything they can.


Tumblr can also be used to aggregate many feeds into one; the worst part of the FB import is not being able to add anything to the rss items... twitterfeed lets you edit them a bit !


@yiming: while yahoo pipes in theory is a good platform for this, in practice i have found that the service is very unreliable and may work 50% of the time (maybe a bit better than that, but definitely much less than what you want); the rest of the time the pipe will just fail. not too useful if you want the feed to be available in a reliable way.


@dret Interesting. I have my feed-fusing pipe (5 feeds) on my Safari browser bar for nearly 6 months now, polling every 15 minutes, without noticeable problems. Perhaps it's a function of how many components the pipe is using and how many feeds you're fusing at one time.


i haven't used pipes in a while, maybe they have become more stable. or maybe my pipes contained some of the less reliable modules (i mainly played around with pipes having geotagging modules in them) and that affected the overall reliability of the pipe. good to hear it works reliably now!

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