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  1. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 7 years ago

    Edweirdo has a hub about doing this: http://hubpages.com/hub/Promote-Your-Ol … -RSS-Feeds

    but there are at least two things wrong with that:

    The first is that the tag has to be odd or it risks duplication

    The second is that it risks duplication anyway, on purpose or accidentally, and could end up mixing two or more peoples hubs together.

    Wouldn't it be nice of HP had a way to create RSS feeds with our tracker in them, so it would be

    ../specialfeeds/ourtacker/ourfeedtag

    and controlled so that only the person who owns the tracer can add things to their tags.

    With that, I could have "Computers" as a feed tag, but it would belong only to me because of the tracker.  It wouldn't even have to appear in the normal tag space as the idea is to use these as per Edweirdo's hub.

  2. saleheensblog profile image60
    saleheensblogposted 7 years ago

    I think it will be nice.

    But Edwordio's hub will still be effective as that hub had a different purpose also that was "promoting less popular hubs". It was not all about creating a rss for related hubs but it was also for to gather any hub of any category together by using a common tag in all of them, say for example : "saleheenhubcool' in 10 different hub of 10 different type would bring all of them together. I know you know this all. LOL

    1. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      "Related" doesn't necessarily mean related by content, so "cold" hubs (the ones Edweirdo suggested) are related by being cold.

      "November 2010" hubs are related by the month they were created and so on.  You could even have a group of "I was really in a bad mood when I wrote these" hubs smile

      But they still have the same problem - you need a unique tag and anyone can use that tag accidentally or on purpose.

      1. saleheensblog profile image60
        saleheensblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I understand and support you strongly. smile

  3. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 7 years ago

    Also, you might create a group of "Good Amazon performers"..  it's not just about content.

    1. shazwellyn profile image65
      shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Edweirdos hub is about an addition that you can create yourself to use in your own way, but your suggestion is pretty cool too!  How good it would be to do both!

      1. Pcunix profile image91
        Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        If HP did this, you wouldn't need the other.  This IS Edweirdo's idea, just individualized to make it easier.

        1. shazwellyn profile image65
          shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Good idea PC!

  4. lrohner profile image79
    lrohnerposted 7 years ago

    I like it, PCUnix. I go a bit batty now keeping track of all of my "special" tags. smile

    BTW, how was your Thanksgiving Friday???

    1. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      We  had a nice time. Two minor glitches - the cider had gone slightly bad (odd because we bought it Tuesday) and we wanted to just slightly warm up a blueberry pie but it got forgotten in the oven. It was still very good, just very gooey. We used spoons smile

      That is the other nice thing about this - as the tags would no longer need to be special, they would be easier to keep track of.

  5. Edweirdo profile image86
    Edweirdoposted 7 years ago

    Just on a hunch, I typed in this URL:

    h ttp://hubpages.com/author/edweirdo/movies/best?rss

    It specifies me as the author, and "movies" as a tag

    The results, to my amazement, are all of my hubs with that tag - and ONLY MY HUBS!

    Same with h ttp://hubpages.com/author/edweirdo/food/best?rss

    But I noticed that a few hubs without the "movies" tag also appeared, but they have the word "movies" in the title.

    Did not expect that to work, but there it is big_smile

    1. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That's wonderful, though it would be better if it didn't pull in things in titles.

      But even so, great discovery!

      1. Edweirdo profile image86
        Edweirdoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks! Although saying I "discovered" it is like saying Columbus "discovered" North America - he actually found something that was already there, and so did I wink

    2. Lily Rose profile image86
      Lily Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Wow!  Just played around with it and it's great - awesome discovery, Edweirdo!

    3. kerryg profile image85
      kerrygposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I've been using that technique for years and would love an easy button somewhere to be able to snag personal tag feeds without having to type the whole URL... ~hopeful~

      While I'm thinking wishfully, it would be cool if there were some way, when clicking on a tag from a hub's sidebar, to have a choice between seeing ALL hubs with that specific tag and all hubs by that particular author with that specific tag.

      I imagine search engine visitors are probably more interested in seeing all hubs period, but as a HubPages member, I usually prefer seeing just ones by that particular author, since if I liked one article they've written on the subject, I'm likely to want more.

    4. Abbasangel profile image71
      Abbasangelposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      YOU RULE EDWEIRDO!! THANKS SO MUCH!!!! smile It worked!! smile

  6. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 7 years ago

    Wow, Edweirdo  - this is a great discovery.

    I can see so many places I can use this.. I have just been playing with it and I like what I am seeing!

  7. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 7 years ago

    Now, if we had an RSS capsule that would start out collapsed and expand on demand, we would have the makings of something far better than groups.  I just added two feeds to a hub that is about both Analytics and iPads - one feed with the "analytics" and another with "ipad", following Edweirdos lead. 

    If those could collapse I would be unable to contain my joy!

    1. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I am sure HP web folk know that the collapse is nothing more than a bit of CSS and JavaScript - nothing difficult.

  8. MPG Narratives profile image60
    MPG Narrativesposted 7 years ago

    Great idea, PC. I'm all for collapsible RSS. I've also used Edweirdo's ideas from his hub, so thanks to both of you. smile

    1. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      But his discovery here is even better, I think..

  9. Cheeky Girl profile image73
    Cheeky Girlposted 7 years ago

    Anybody here use TinyURL! - the website that makes big annoying url's into tiny urls, just perfect for using on my Twtter account. Maybe Hubs people could come up with a box that we could paste a url of a hub into it, and then press a button and it automatically gives us an RSS url for the exact purpose we need. It's just an idea. But someone with programming experience could make one. Anything that shortens or simplifies the process. It's just a suggestion. smile

  10. Edweirdo profile image86
    Edweirdoposted 7 years ago

    I hate to resurrect a dead forum thread, but this seemed worth sharing:

    I wanted to add this technique to the hub of mine mentioned by the OP, so I sent an email to the HubPages team to make sure that this is a genuine feature of HubPages and not some sort of fluke.

    They responded, ensuring me that it is an intentional feature. They also told me that a tutorial will be added to the Learning Center because of our discussion here!

    Just one more example of how helpful the support staff is big_smile

    1. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I am so glad you did that.

      Now if they would only offer collapsed feeds..

      1. WryLilt profile image90
        WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        For the people who don't have cartoon characters or rainbow hair, what exactly is a collapsed feed? smile

        1. Pcunix profile image91
          Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          It would only show the heading until you clicked it and then would expand.  You see that used often for menus, for example. It keeps the page neat and lets them see the other choices available without having the detail of those choices show until they want it.

          It's very simple to do in JavaScript and CSS.

          1. Pcunix profile image91
            Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I should probably expand on that more.

            Let's say I have a hub about accessing Analytics from your iPad.  I also have other iPad hubs and other Analytics hubs and would like to be able to send readers to them.

            I can't do that with groups because the hub can only be in one group.

            However, it can be in as many rss feeds as it needs to be - in this case two, Analytics and iPad.

            So I can add two rss capsules as described here. 

            But two capsules are a bit unattractive, honestly.  If they could be collapsed on page load and expand on demand, you could have even three or four and the page would still be neat and -more importantly - easy to navigate,  The reader who is only interested in the fourth feed doesn't have to scroll past the other three to find what they want.

            1. WryLilt profile image90
              WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I like the sound of that. An RSS feed and a link capsule and a news capsule at the bottom of a hub can look... quite unattractive!

    2. shazwellyn profile image65
      shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      *applauds*  That is what you get when you think outside of the box!  Well done Ed and good one PC for bring it up!

  11. Maddie Ruud profile image77
    Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago

    Hey all,

    Just wanted to give you a heads up.  There's now a Learning Center entry on how to create a personal RSS feed for a given tag, per your requests.

    1. Edweirdo profile image86
      Edweirdoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks - you've saved my some work! Now I can link to this article from my RSS Promotional Hub (which kind of inspired this thread) instead of having to write this up myself big_smile

  12. WoodsmensPost profile image69
    WoodsmensPostposted 7 years ago

    Well this is good news for one I made a few unique tags for a couple of my hubs to group them in an RSS but I was somewhat disappointed of the the fact that if someone said hey let me use that tag too then with out my knowing the rss may contain feeds of hubs that bumped mine out without my known unless I happen to check the hub. Jeez I'm on my phone going home early I hope this make sense. Any way it does make the rss a bit more secure if the hubber only wants his or her hubs in the rss

    Thanks for the update

    Sent from my iPhone and going home arrg

 
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