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