Tag Feeds for a variety of Blogging Platforms

I have been syndicating in new blogs for ds106 over the last two weeks, and it’s cool to see such a wide variety of platforms syndicating cleanly into the ds106 site. As of now I count seven six different platforms: WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Tumblr, Posterous, Drupal, and a brand new platform to me PivotX. Each Almost all of them provide a feature for filtering a feed by tag, category, or label (blogger’s terminology for category/tag). I’ll outline all the platforms below as kind of central resource to come back to as I continue to add filtered feeds to ds106, because I find myself looking for this information over and over again. Hope it might prove useful to someone else as well.

FYI, all tags feeds in example below are for tag/category/label ds106.

WordPress: http://example.com/tag/ds106/feed —same structure for tag feeds applies to wordpress.com blogs. Also, with permalinks on, if you are using the defaults it’s http://www.example.com/?tag=ds106&feed=rss2

Blogger: http://example.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/ds106 (note, I think labels for Blogger are case sensitive, so if you use label DS106, this feed won’t work—how annoying)

Posterous: http:/example.posterous.com/rss.xml?tag=ds106

Tumblr: http://example.tumblr.com/tagged/ds106/rss

PivotX: http://example.com/index.php?feed=rss2&c=ds106 (keep in mind PivotX has category feeds only, not tag feeds as of now)

Drupal: http://example.com/tag/ds106/rss.xml (Can anyone help me with a formulation here? I think the feeds is rss.xml, but it can vary based on how you setup your taxonomy—am I right here?)

TypePad: They don’t have this functionality out-of-the-box, which is crazy. There was a Yahoo! Pipe for filtering a tag/category from TypePad, but that has some serious issues and we had to stop syndicating the two blogs we had using TypePad. #fail

I haven’t come across any other platforms in ds106 yet, but if you know of others I would love to add them here so I can be prepared in advance.

Also, anyone have a good solution for getting category or tag feeds off of a feed redirected to FeedBurner? I know there are a lot of plugins for WordPress and FeedBurner, but I don’t know any way to subscribe to only categories or feeds through FeedBurner, which is a huge problem with this service if that is really the case.

Another cool feature of FeedWordPress is not only that is parses all these different platforms thanks to the RSS standard!—but it also allows you to assign the same author to number of feeds. For example, Stephen Downes has two different blogs feeding into ds106. One is his designated blog for ds106 and other creative projects, http://letsmakesomeartdammit.blogspot.com, and that entire blog will feed in. The other is his regular Half an Hour blog, the later will only have certain posts tagged/labeled ds106, and they will be the only one’s syndicating. What’s nice is that both can be attributed to the author Downes on ds106.us so he doesn’t need separate accounts for having multiple blogs feeding in—FeedWordPress has been awesome in so many regards when it comes to a syndication hub.

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12 Responses to Tag Feeds for a variety of Blogging Platforms

  1. Reverend says:

    You know I blame you for all of this 😉

  2. dkernohan says:

    Cheers – useful info. Been trying to figure out how posterous handles tags for ages. Last time I had it sorted, they bloody changed it!

  3. Lisa M Lane says:

    Thanks for putting these in one place! I need this stuff too, all the time. 🙂

    The WordPress set-up also works for Edublogs, of course. Blogger also uses the term “labels” instead of “tags”, which is important if you’re telling someone how to do this.

    I’ve had the same trouble with Feedburner, and had to ask the blogger for his original feed.

    The Typepad thing doesn’t make sense. They use categories. It should be http://example.com/blogname/ds106/atom.xml as shown here (and his feed works fine), but I can’t get it to work for our old Typepad blog. This page says the Typepad user can enable category feeds in settings, but that’s only available to Pro users so I can’t try it.

    • Reverend says:


      Excellent find on the TypePad feed category, but how bizarre that is a premium option, seems it needs to be stock like in Blogger, WP, and the like. This must be why there were a few Yahoo! Pipes to get a category feed off this.

      In other news, Audrewy Waters figured out how to get a tag feed through FeedBurner, which is a bit of a workaround, but it seems to work fine.

      Audrey Waters replied 1 day, 19 hours ago
      Here’s my ”trick” — I use the FD-Feedburner plugin for WP. It gives me the option (under settings) to ”Append category/tag to URL for category/tag feeds (http://url_category).” I took this URL, http://hackeducation.com/?feed=rss2&tag=ds106 and I burned a new feedburner feed from that. Hope that helps.

  4. Reverend says:

    Nice, Audrey Waters and Brian Metcalfe figured out the details for getting tag feeds through FeedBurner, seems to be a few steps, but I tested it and it works fine with ds106 syndication. Here are the details:

  5. Jaymie says:

    Hi Jim! Thanks so much for making the effort on this. There are so many options out there, and it’s great when we can really get talking to each other across platforms. Tool/service choice is an interesting area, and one I will probably be thinking/posting/talking about over the term.

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  10. Hoorah! I’ve been collecting and saving code snippets to a file, one kind of feed at a time. Nice not to have to reinvent the whole wheel & certainly better now (late) than never. CogDog’s page for #etmooc (illustrated, of course) is another great find, http://etmooc.org/hub/connect/

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