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SXSW Hacking RSS: Filtering & Processing Obscene Amounts of Information

by Community Manager at Puppet Labs on Mar 15, 2011

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Information overload is less about having too much information and more about not having the right tools and techniques to filter and process information to find the pieces that are most relevant for ...

Information overload is less about having too much information and more about not having the right tools and techniques to filter and process information to find the pieces that are most relevant for you. This presentation will focus on showing you a variety of tips and techniques to get you started down the path of looking at RSS feeds in a completely different light. The default RSS feeds generated by your favorite blog or website are just a starting point waiting to be hacked and manipulated to serve your needs. Most people read RSS feeds, but few people take the time to go one step further to hack on those RSS feeds to find only the most interesting posts. I combine tools like Yahoo Pipes, BackTweets, PostRank and more with some simple API calls to be able to find what I need while automatically discarding the rest. You start with one or more RSS feeds and then feed those results into other services to gather more information that can be used to further filter or process the results. This process is easier than it sounds once you learn a few simple tools and techniques, and no “real” programming experience is required to get started. This session will show you some tips and tricks to get you started down the path of hacking your RSS feeds.

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  • maxwell66hadden72 maxwell66hadden72 The            setup            in            the            video            no            longer            works.           
    And            all            other            links            in            comment            are            fake            too.           
    But            luckily,            we            found            a            working            one            here (copy paste link in browser) :            www.goo.gl/yT1SNP
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  • likehack likehack at likehack We will launch beta of Likehack.com soon - it filters your incoming information flow from crap) 1 year ago
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  • oscarmirandalahoz Óscar Miranda Thanks, for rss lovers is very usefull 3 years ago
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  • yigalc Yigal Chamish, Management Consultant and lecturer. Inspiring, creative and enthusiastic Knowledge Management and Social Media consultant, speaker and lectu at MASA Great presentation on a great tool, Pipes! Thank you.
    Another way I use is RSSing not an RSS feed from a website, but rather an RSS feed of a 'subject' using Bing ('cause it has an RSS capability that Google does not...) and Google Reader as my RSS reader.
    Please brows her, I wrote a post in this regard here: http://bit.ly/fAIZGw
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  • geekygirldawn Dawn Foster, Community Manager at Puppet Labs Audio from the presentation at SXSW is available here: http://schedule.sxsw.com/events/event_IAP7396 3 years ago
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