The partial feed sacrilege and the ad benefit

 

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Image from Flickr by RBerteig

I remember a time (not so long ago) when people were disgusted by partial feeds and most of the major blogs and bloggers abided by this unwritten law. Publishing a partial feed was synonymous to cheap exploitation, putting ad revenues over readership, alienating your readers etc.

I, myself, am guilty of accusing blogs for  this kind of ‘malpractice’.

But things change.

I see more and more probloggers publishing partial feed and very few readers  complaining.

Why?

Because the way we read and follow blogs has changed too. Information is coming to us. And usually it comes in the form of a short sentence with a link in it, something especially true for twitter.

So the trend of reading everything in the coziness of our feed reader is in decline, while reading from the source is back with a vengeance.  Twitter and Facebook are the benefactors of blog ad revenues.

 

 

Facebook Feeds

I added a Lifestreaming plugin to my blog recently and as I was entering the feed urls of the various Web 2.0 sites I am participating, I stumbled upon the Facebook problem.
Since its last change, the old mini-feed feed has disappeared, so one has to reassemble it by its components.
I was particularly interested in the Noted Feed, the Links feed and the Status feed.

Why?

Well, the notes is the facebook blogging.

Notes
Although I rarely use it, it can occassionaly contain some thoughts that are posted nowhere else.


By clicking to the notes tab in your profile (hoping you have added the tab to your profile), you get on the right side a column which, at the lower part has the notes feed. Like this:

The structure of the url is as follows:
http://www.facebook.com/feeds/notes.php?id=<yourid>&viewer=<yourid>&key=<yourkey>&format=rss20

Links

The Links feed is essentialy the feed of all the sharing activity in facebook, so it is a must to include in a lifestream. Working as with notes we can find it at a similar place.
The structure of the url is as follows:
http://apps.facebook.com/feeds/share_posts.php?id=<yourid>&viewer=<yourid>&key=<yourkey>&format=rss20

Status
Last, the Status feed is the most important one, especially if no cross posting is taking place on your Facebook Wall, as it comprises of all the original thoughts and situations you share in Facebook.
But where is this feed located?
As much I have searched I could not find it.

So after discussing this in twitter, from the responses I realized that the structure of the statuses feed url must be the same with other two feed.

First guess: replace notes.php with status.php and … voila, it works!
http://www.facebook.com/feeds/status.php?id=<yourid>&viewer=<yourid>&key=<yourkey>&format=rss20

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Facebook Feeds

I added a Lifestreaming plugin to my blog recently and as I was entering the feed urls of the various Web 2.0 sites I am participating, I stumbled upon the Facebook problem.
Since its last change, the old mini-feed feed has disappeared, so one has to reassemble it by its components.
I was particularly interested in the Noted Feed, the Links feed and the Status feed.

Why?

Well, the notes is the facebook blogging.

Notes
Although I rarely use it, it can occassionaly contain some thoughts that are posted nowhere else.

Notestab_fb

By clicking to the notes tab in your profile (hoping you have added the tab to your profile), you get on the right side a column which, at the lower part has the notes feed. Like this:

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The structure of the url is as follows:
http://www.facebook.com/feeds/notes.php?id=<yourid>&viewer=<yourid>&key=<yourkey>&format=rss20

Links

The Links feed is essentialy the feed of all the sharing activity in facebook, so it is a must to include in a lifestream. Working as with notes we can find it at a similar place.
The structure of the url is as follows:
http://apps.facebook.com/feeds/share_posts.php?id=<yourid>&viewer=<yourid>&key=<yourkey>&format=rss20

Status
Last, the Status feed is the most important one, especially if no cross posting is taking place on your Facebook Wall, as it comprises of all the original thoughts and situations you share in Facebook.
But where is this feed located?
As much I have searched I could not find it.

So after discussing this in twitter, from the responses I realized that the structure of the statuses feed url must be the same with other two feed.

First guess: replace notes.php with status.php and … voila, it works!
http://www.facebook.com/feeds/status.php?id=<yourid>&viewer=<yourid>&key=<yourkey>&format=rss20

iPhone irritations

This is what happens if you try to subscribe to a feed with iTunes through iPhone/iPod Touch.

Ridiculous,isn’t it? Apple does not allow subscribing to feeds through its devices even for its own podcatcher!

Readburner chicklets for WordPress.com blogs

This is not a how to blog, but, as it is still under construction, I will blog about all the little tricks I apply here, that might have some use for the rest of the wordpress.com folks.

Here is a little nice one.

Problem:

Readburner is a service that aggregates all blogposts shared in NewsGator Online, Google Reader and Netvibes.

By counting the number of shares, it creates a popularity list. In effect, this is a truly democratical social bookmarking system, without the hickups of Digg and its likes.

Readburner provides its users with some nice widgets in the form of little chicklets, that display essential statistical measures.

The chicklets come in three flavors:

  • Item of a specific user (i.e. his share page) registed with Readburner.
  • Items authored by someone.
  • Items of a specific source (say, a blog with many authors).

Readburner provides some javascript code that allows anyone to generate the chicklets for his part.

Now, I wanted to put such a readburner chicklet in my sidebar, but I stumbled on the usual wordpress.com problem: no javascript allowed.

Solution:

Since javascript is not allowed, we have to find a way of displaying the chicklet through pure html.

Let’s see what a chicklet is composed of:

  • an image (the colored rectangle of the chicklet)
  • a number (the counted items)
  • a link (the link to the relevant page in readburner)

As a matter of fact, the number is in the image, so we have to find just two things: the image url and the link url.

  • User.

( The number here is my number from the google reader shared items url http://www.google.com/reader/shared/11232096483858520222.

You have to figure out yours, and replace this one):

The required urls are of the following type:

Image: http://readburner.com/fire/shares.gif?user=11232096483858520222

Link: http://readburner.com/u/11232096483858520222

and the actual html code should be:

<a href=”http://readburner.com/u/11232096483858520222″&nbsp; target=”_blank” title=””>

<img src=”http://readburner.com/fire/shares.gif?user=11232096483858520222&#8243; alt=””/>

</a>

which produces:

 

  • Author:

Image: http://readburner.com/fire/shares.gif?author=Nikos%20Anagnostou

Link: http://readburner.com/u/Nikos Anagnostou

and the actual html code should be:

<a href=”http://readburner.com/u/Nikos Anagnostou” target=”_blank” title=””>

<img src=”http://readburner.com/fire/shares.gif?author=Nikos%20Anagnostou&#8221; alt=””/>

</a>

which produces:

 

  • Source:

Image: http://readburner.com/fire/shares.gif?source=webtropic

Link: http://readburner.com/source/webtropic

and the actual html code should be:

<a href=”http://readburner.com/source/webtropic&#8221; target=”_blank” title=””>

<img src=”http://readburner.com/fire/shares.gif?source=webtropic&#8221; alt=””/>

</a>

which produces:

 

To figure out the proper links for yourselves, first of course you have to add your shared items url in readburner. Then replace your name, blog name or user id in the above code and paste it in a text widget in wordpress.

As I said, I am using Google Reader. The other services might have some slight variations in the url schemes, I did not bother to check. Please do for yourselves.

Good luck and ..happy sharing!