Build a Yahoo Pipes Mega-Me to pimp your online persona

Introduction

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

Pipes GUI

Main Pipes GUI
Main Pipes GUI

How to do it:

  1. 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.
  2. Once logged into your Yahoo account, go to pipes.yahoo.com
  3. You will see a blue button labelled CREATE PIPE. Click it.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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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Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

Hot dorkage, it looks like a good tool for advertising your online efforts. However, is it helpful in a job search, where you might want to play down some of your unique opinions? What sort of jobs were you interviewing for?


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hot dorkage 8 years ago from Oregon, USA Author

Remember you choose what to include. When I did this the old way I was interviewing for technical positions. I included my best technical forum posts to demonstrate that I could answer people's questions about mysql and php and other techie weenie things. I also included forum posts where I was a moderator to demonstrate that I was skilled at mediating between people who got hot under the collar. With Yahoo pipes you can make much fancier filters than what I show here. Yeah I probably wouldn't mix in my recipes at all when applying for a technical position. For example you could limit to blog posts made after a certain date, or if you just had one that was a bit dicy you could just have a special filter for it. Or if you really wanted to you could import a blog into a whole new blog just for resumes and delete any posts you didn't want on your Mega-Me. I just kept this one simple so people could follow it and tried to use sources that a lot of people would have on hand.


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Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

Okay. I see. I guess it would still require a lot of self-editing to suit each position interviewed for.


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hot dorkage 8 years ago from Oregon, USA Author

you can also embed one pipe in another and it's very easy to clone them and tweak each clone slightly. If one really wants a job one writes a different cover letter and maybe even makes a different resume for each one. Maybe pipes are easier. You decide.


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coolbreeze 8 years ago from Hawaii

Dam this hub is gold Thank you!!

I am thinking this is one of the best hubs I have ever read!


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hot dorkage 8 years ago from Oregon, USA Author

Thank you coolbreeze that's a very nice comment to receive.


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chinemeremz 5 years ago

Thanks hot dorkage for this informative and witty hub. I guess I've been living under the rocks, cos I just got to know about Yahoo Pipes after reading this hub. So my question is this, after pimping your stuffs on Yahoo pipes, do you still need to do some self promotion like you need to do after burning your feeds on Google's feedBurner by submitting these feeds to Rss feed Directories , or will it get piped out (traffic) on its own. Once more thanks for your ingenuity.


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hot dorkage 5 years ago from Oregon, USA Author

yes chinemeramz there is no magic bullet. The yahoo pipes just aggregates a bunch of previous stuff in one place and presents it like you want. In the past you would have had to make a custom web page for this. The idea being you just give people the pipe and not a gazillion links.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa

Great hub, hot dorkage. I have one hiccup with Yahoo Pipes, though. The Pipe works fine after I publish it and Google eventually picks it up, but I can't find my Pipes when doing a search within Yahoo Pipes. Any idea why this is?


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hot dorkage 4 years ago from Oregon, USA Author

Well, rsusan, I really don't know. Yahoo Pipes seemed like a good idea but it just never caught fire. And Yahoo the company is in deep deep doo doo right now. So after a while I put Yahoo pipes in the same file as Google Wave (remember that?) There was nothing wrong with the engineering that went into Yahoo pipes. It just didn't have a Steve Jobs type of person in front of it.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for your response, hot dorkage! Guess it is okay to use Pipes, but I probably won't invest too much time there.

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