Build a Yahoo Pipes Mega-Me to pimp your online persona
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I've been contributing content to the WWW for years on many different forums, social sites, blogs, etc. I used to search these various sites for my best postings, create a page of links to them and provide these at job interviews when I might be looking for employment. I believe that this "online resume" if you will was responsible for landing me at least one job in addition to one job offer that I turned down. Several people told me how much they appreciated seeing samples of my written communication style "in the wild" without all the phoniness that goes along with a job interview.
Making one of these things just got a lot easier, thanks to Yahoo Pipes. Yahoo Pipes is a powerful tool that provides a drag and drop Graphical User Interface via the web (remeniscent of Prograph from the mid 90's) Now, all you have to do is drop in the RSS and/or other types feed(s) from all over the 'nets, add any filters or sorts that you wish and it sucks everything in dynamically, so that the online Mega-Me mashup is self-updating.
Here is a link to Yahoo's own Pipes tutorial. (I can't embed it because HP does not support this player.)
Pipes is optimized for RSS feeds, or I should say RSS feed format is optimized for mashups, and so RSS feeds are the easiest ones to do. For readers who are visual learners, I have embedded Gary Conn's excellent video tutorial on Yahoo Pipes below, and I invite you to view it. After you've seen it (or not!) I will take you step by step through the process of creating your very own Mega-Me mashup in words. What you put into it is up to you.
Gary Conn's Mega Me Mashup
Other Mashup Resources
How to do it:
- In order to do Yahoo Pipes you must have a Yahoo account. If you are the only person left who doesn't, go to www.yahoo.com and create one. I can wait.
- Once logged into your Yahoo account, go to pipes.yahoo.com
- You will see a blue button labelled CREATE PIPE. Click it.
- You will then land on a screen with some collapsible menus on the left and a big grid on the right, similar to the picture but with nothing in the grid yet.
- Expand the menu labelled Sources (if it is not already) and choose the sub-item labelled Fetch Feed. Put your mouse over it and drag it onto the grid.
- If you are a legitimate hubber you will definitely want your hubpages articles in your Mega-Me. In the text input field within the Fetch Feed, type your feed RSS. It will be http://hubpages.com/author/your+moniker/latest/?rss (where your+moniker should be substituted with your own hub pages identity with a plus sign instead of any blanks).
- If you have a blog, the next thing you will probably want is your blog feed. A lot of people use feedburner feeds, but if you don't, any good blogging software provides an rss feed somewhere on the blog.
- I also worked in my stumbleupon profile, figuring people would like to see what I like as well as what I write. I used the feed for reviews I wrote rather than all the thumbsups I have given to limit the entries to a reasonable number. That feed is http://rss.stumbleupon.com/user/yourstumblemoniker/reviews where you substitute your own stumble upon moniker for yourstumblemoniker, of course.
- What else would you include? Ezinearticles offers feeds. Epinions does too, if you ever wrote for them. Some online forums offer feeds as well. The sky's the limit. Just remember the reader is going to probably only scan the first couple of pages, and read the article with the most pimped-up title.
- How to put your best or most recent foot forward. After I amassed my feed collection I realized that some titles were appearing twice because they had been both blogged and stumbled, and it was wasting real estate. So I dragged in a Unique filter from the Operators menu, and inside it I specified for it to filter non unique items based on item title.
- We're all so used to blog posts being in reverse chronological, so I figured that's how potential employers would want to see my Mega-Me. From the Operators menu I dragged a Sort, and specified to sort on publication date in descending order.
- Now Save your pipe with a descriptive name, then run your pipe by clicking the "Run Pipe" link near the top of the editing screen. Your pipe run will appear in a new window. Take note of the resultant URL. You can use it as is, or you can dump it into feedburner for more fun. (That's the next hub.)
In summary, this Mega-me:
- mashes the feeds,
- discards non unique titles,
- puts the whole mashup out in reverse chron.
There you have it. This is my Mega-me pipe raw out of Yahoo if you'd like to see it. Next hub we will do some tricks and doll it up.
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