Sharing My Favorite RSS Feeds

I wrote about my foray into the self-hosted world of feed readers with Tiny Tiny RSS earlier this month, and I have to say it gave me some satisfaction to read that Martin Hawksey is giving this oepn source feedreader another spin. If it’s good enough for Martin, then who is the Bava to complain? Plus, it seems he’s already making the application better—power to the feed people!

I’ve been attending to my feeds pretty religiously since I setup my reader. I even started to work out a system for regularly starring articles I want to share and/or come back to later. This is very similar to how I use Tumblr, and all the posts I reblog on Tumblr are automatically syndicated into a subsite of bavatuesdays: tumblr.bavatuesdays.com. I wrote about this setup a while back, and the reasoning behind it was to push all the posts on Tumblr back to my own site so I could archive them. Nothing too crazy.

Now that I have more than 230 starred posts (and I can forsee many more), I figured I should start doing something similar for these posts what I did for the Tumblr posts. Turns out it was easy enough to accomplish because Tiny Tiny RSS provides a feed for just about everything, including all my starred articles. I grabbed the feed (as demonstrated below) and pull it into a another subsite of bavatuesdays: favorites.bavatuesdays.com.

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Once you click the RSS icon you get a public feed for your starred articles anyone can see. I put this URL into FeedWordPress on favorites.bavatuesdays.com and everything I star in the reader syndicates to a subsite of my blog.

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Now I wonder if I can do something similar with Reddit because that would be the holy trinity: feed reader, Tumblr, and Reddit.

This has got me thinking that I might need to consider how I want to start tracking and archiving my distributed work on the web a bit more. I’m using Tumblr and my feedreader to filter posts I want to share and/or save. I’m imagining this is how I’ll be using Reddit as well. What I would like to do is come up with a set of categories and labels that brings all of my favorites on these services into a common space on bavatuesdays, and from there I can both archive them as well as share them out. I’ll keep toying with the possibilities, but if nothing else it’s got me trying to seamlessly push everything I share on these networks back to my own site simulataneously. It’s how the web should work. Seamlessly archiving the stuff we do while out and about on our own home sites shouldn’t be extra work, it should be fluidly built into the process.

Update: One issue I discovered is that only 57 of the 230+ posts from my starred folder of the feedreader syndicated. I’ll have to see what’s up with that.

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13 Responses to Sharing My Favorite RSS Feeds

  1. Alan Levine says:

    That’s super slick– you and Martin are making me want to try TTR, sounds like it could be the thing that Reader took to the grave, a way to bundle and refeed feed content.

    I was thinking of something similar to aggregate all resources people could tag in multiple favoriting systems, and redistribute along lines of the sub tags used. Wondering if you brought all the sources ( tumblr, reddit, etc ) into your favorites.bava subdomain; you could tag each feed to create a vertical slice by source but have horizontal slices by tagged sub topics. Then combine that with @holden’s water106 model as a reblog platform.

    Plus you create a filtered public view of your TTRSS stream. Plus it’s archived in your own space. Plus….

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  3. RSS is dead. Long live RSS!

    http://darcynorman.net/archives/shared-items/

    (that page is powered by Fever? and Feed2JS. and RSS.)

  4. Reverend says:

    @D’Arcy,
    That’s really clean, I like what you’ve done there. I want to build a shared.bavatuesdays.com site and have that linked from its own blog with an integrated space, kind what Alan is suggesting.

    @Alan,
    I might be over thinking it, but I was thinking take the syndicated work from those three sites and feed them into on shared.bavatuesdays.com site that is theme just like bavatuesdays and is a tab on the main page. And, like you say, it will be sliceable based on where it feeds from. A nice little side project to keep me sane 😉

    Is that too much feeding?

  5. Grant says:

    This is great – been playing around with a few different RSS readers since summer, liking what I see in TTR & Fever – definitely going to give’m a shot.

  6. Tom says:

    Ha. You’ve given me a bunch to think about and do. The comment got enough out of hand that I’m going to make a post tonight.

    As a teaser, this is the easy to remember feed structure for Flickr friends photos –

    http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_friends.gne?user_id=29096601@N00&friends=0&display_all=1&lang=en-us&format=atom

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  8. Alan Levine says:

    I forgot I had an old site to aggregate favorites, bookmarks, etc via RSS
    http://cogdogblog.com/reading

    Removed by google reader feeds (sniff). Code does not handle youtube feed correctly. And From some quick looking, not a way to get RSS feed of tumblr favorites.

  9. Jim, great ideas! A question: When you write “a subsite of bavatuesdays”, do you mean another WP install or one as part of the main WP multisite?

    I’m thinking on what you et al have been saying on all this, and have been experimenting. More on this soon. Thanks!

  10. Reverend says:

    Hey Antonio,
    I have bavatuesdays as a mutlisite, so just another site in the bavatuesdays universe 🙂 Let me know what your thinking because I think it’s high time we broke through on syndication, or something with aggregating all this awesome stuff.

    • Yeah Jim, it’s time! I need to discuss the architecture of our STEMmED site, and get the juice out of Feed WordPress –and how to do it without a proper sys admin. I am also very impressed by the idea of sharing favorite feeds’ articles in one page. Following D’Arcy, I installed Fever and it’s great, but I haven’t actually used it much, since Feedly. [I appreciate the thinking behind your idea of having everything in one’s own space, but NSA-nonchalantly, I am not too worried with that]. I like Feedly quite much, actually. But while at the beginning it allowed to generate a public page (and RSS) with all favorite or starred feed items, it stopped doing so some time ago (it seems they allow it in the Pro version, but I’m not sure). Fever and TTR do solve the problem, and you would just use a nice app for reading (could that be the very Feedly?). Tom uses a brilliant solution interconnecting Feedly and various pieces with IfTTT (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7296/12154422625_8ff9d8375c.jpg), see http://bionicteaching.com/chi-alignment-workflow-dump/. I am trying to doing something of the sort and will report to base shortly.
      Also, I need to refurbish the Skate blogsite and convert it to a multisite if I want to easily add subsites etc. So, there’s work ahead: problem is, I am a converted lazy guy who really would prefer spending time doin’ nothin’!!

  11. Chris L says:

    I assume TTRSS remains awesome? I’ve been running Fever since Google Reader shut down, but the performance is’t particularly great and–for no solid reason I can pinpoint–I’ve never gotten comfortable with the interface. Despite paying for it on two different domains, it might be time for a change.

    • Reverend says:

      I’m liking TTRSS, there are some small hacks/plugins you have to play with for video embedding and some other details, but that’s kinda fun in and of itself. I’m happy with it, and it just keeps getting better.

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