After I get out of the subway stop at 28th Street and Seventh Avenue on the downtown 1 train, I walk east for 15 minutes to the library where I work. This is some very shaky video I shot on my mobile phone as I was halfway along that walk today. You may want to take some Dramamine before watching.
Our library offers two blogs to staff. I’ve had requests lately to find out how I could take the feed for new posts on one blog and combine with the feed for new comments. Using Yahoo! Pipes, I did just that for the Reference at Newman Library blog today. Since I had to do the same for the other staff blog, Newman Library Idea Lab, I figured I might as well record a screencast showing how to do it.
If you don’t feel like sitting through the video, here’s the short version of what I did:
Set up a Yahoo! account so I could use the Yahoo! Pipes service to make things (account set up years ago)
Copied the URL for the new posts feed
In Yahoo! Pipes, dragged the “fetch feed” button to the right in the workspace area of the page
Pasted in thee URL for new posts feed into the fetch feed box
Repeated steps 2-4 for the new comments feed URL
In Yahoo! Pipes, dragged the “union” button from the “Operators” set of options on the left into the workspace and connected the feed box for the new posts and the feed box for the new comments to the union box
Dragged the “sort” button from “Operators” onto my workspace and connected the “union” box to the “sort” box.
Selected “descending” in the “sort” box so posts and comments would appear in reverse chronological order.
Selected “item:pubDate” in the “sort” box to tell Yahoo! Pipes what to sort in descending order.
Connected the “sort” box to the “Pipes output” box.
Saved the pipe.
Clicked “run pipe” so the service would generate a new URL for the combined feed.
Here are the relevant URLs for the second staff blog that I did this work for:
If you didn’t take the time to watch this video when it first was release a few weeks ago, do so soon. Email, IM, blogging, microblogging, social bookmarking, media sharing, and collaborative editing are beginning to get thrown into the blender into one combined platform. Google Wave’s efforts can only be one of many such attempts to mix things up in the coming years. re about beginning to get