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Monday, September 27, 2004

Ego feeds

In a comment on my post from yesterday, Jason asked:

How does the Google-PubSub-Feedster hookup work? What are the details?

This is what I do: In the lower lefthand column of Bloglines, under the feeds list in the section entitled, "Extras," click the link for "Create Email Subscriptions." Type some identifying label in the "name" field. That can be changed later. Access can be made public or private. And click "Create Email Subscription." Bloglines will assign a new e-mail address.

Go to Google News. On the far righthand side click the link for News Alerts. If you have a Gmail account, you definitely want to sign out, otherwise Google will automatically direct the alert to your Gmail account. Pick your ego word or words, with or without quote marks. In the drop-down, you can now choose news, web, or both. Pick how often. Insert your newly created Bloglines e-mail address in the field, and create. Be sure to go to the verification link Google sends.

Next, go to PubSub where you can get alerts from Weblogs, Newsgroups, SEC filings, and even airport delays. Wow! I had no idea. Since I let my PubSub alerts go on autopilot, so to say, I haven't visited their homepage for a while. Anyway, pick your alert, insert your ego words, follow the instructions, and give them your Bloglines email address. When you go to the confirmation link, PubSub provides a special url ending in .xml which can then be added to your Bloglines feeds.

Follow similar steps at Feedster. You can also get some interesting feeds with Blogdex, and probably a few other places I haven't thought of.

That's all there is to it.

Posted by Marie at September 27, 2004 9:57 PM


Thank you for bringing us up too. For Feedster, every search on our web site creates a feed. Just search for what interest you. On the upper right of each search returns page, there is the standard orange XML box. "Under" it is the RSS URL for the Feedster search feed that corresponds to the search you just performed.

Posted by: Scott Rafer at September 28, 2004 12:48 AM

You wrote about PubSub: "I haven't visited their homepage for a while"... We see this from many of our subscribers. What people do is come in, create a few subscriptions and then rely on the feeds rolling in continuously. Even though folk are reading our feeds regularly, they may only actually visit the site a few times each month to tweak a subscription or create a new one. We think this is great, but it does cause a bit of a problem for us when we release a new service like SEC Edgar Filings or Airport Delay information. What we're trying to do is figure out how to let existing subscribers know that we've got stuff they might like to use. Frankly, we don't want to send emails to people -- a big point of PubSub is to replace email except for personal communications. If you've got any ideas on how *you* would like to be notified of new services from us, or if you *don't* want such notifications, please let us know.

Thanks for using PubSub. If you have any ideas on how we could serve you better, please let us know.

bob wyman

Posted by: Bob Wyman at September 28, 2004 9:54 AM