Every week I come across some web-based service that makes it possible to do in a few clicks what a year ago would have required anything from a day of fiddling to months of developer time. Today’s tool is one of a number offered by Dapper, a company which aims to “make it easy and possible for anyone to extract and reuse content from any website.” The tool is the Facebook Appmaker. Continue reading
I’ve very quickly created a Yahoo! Pipes mashup for today’s council and London mayor elections in the UK. All it does at the moment is
- take the RSS feed for Tweetscan searches for ‘election’, ‘voted’, ‘voting’, ‘vote’, ‘Ken Livingstone‘ and ‘Boris Johnson‘,
- gets rid of duplicate results,
- and spits out a feed.
- UPDATE: Now it also takes feeds from Google News and Technorati searches for local election and the two london candidates
- It also filters out anything with ‘Zimbabwe’ in it, as reports on those elections were coming through.
I’d like to invite you to clone the mashup and make improvements. Or you can just suggest them here.
Some things I’d like to do are: add images; geo information and mapping; other feeds; filtering based on user input (e.g. location).
This weekend’s tool-to-play-with is Yahoo! Pipes. Chances are you’ve heard of Yahoo! Pipes (it’s been around for over a year and I’ve blogged about it before) but if you’ve not played with it yet, now is the time to have a go.
Pipes is essentially a mashup tool, particularly useful for doing things with RSS feeds. And at its basic levels it doesn’t require any knowledge of programming language. Continue reading
I’ve been painfully aware of my (and many people’s) ignorance of blogs written in languages other than English. I’m aware of some – Andre Deak in Brazil; Philip Couve in France; Alex Gamela in Portugal (who writes every post in English too); Nico Luchsinger in Switzerland; Beppe Grillo in Italy (also in English); and Adam Javurek in the Czech Republic – but really I could do better.
And I’ve started creating a Yahoo! Pipe which (clumsily) translates three of those blogs into English (sadly Adam tells me there is no online Czech to English translator)
So here’s a call for comments – what are the best non-English blogs, either about journalism specifically or social media generally?
- I set up a Twitter account, toy with it for a few minutes, then ignore it.
- Months later, I return to my Twitter account to cover the Future of Newspapers conference – a perfect use for the technology.
- Following a tip from Martin Stabe, I use Twitterfeed to push my blog’s posts – and, equally importantly, comments – to my Twitter page, in the process probably doubling the total amount of ‘tweets’ overnight.
- At the same time, Martin comes at it from a different angle, and pushes his Twitter posts to his blog.
- Realise I am guilty of ‘Twitter-shovelware’
- Feel privately chuffed at inventing the phrase ‘Twitter-shovelware‘
- Think of a better use for Twitterfeed, and create a new Twitter account for my del.icio.us bookmarks tagged ‘onlinejournalism’. It already has an RSS feed, but feeding it to Twitter allows people to receive it on their mobiles or as a ‘river’ on their Twitter page.
- Realise I will probably annoy people who have to delete ten texts every day I do some bookmarking.
- Getting even more carried away, I realise I can also use Twitterfeed to create an aggregation of the 70+ online journalism-related RSS feeds I subscribe to.
- Decide to use Yahoo! Pipes as part of this, which has been on my ‘To Do’ list since May.
- Discover that Yahoo! Pipes not only generates an RSS feed, but also options for mobile and email alerts.
- But the process of setting up those alerts is not as usable as Twitter, so set up the Twitter ojblogaggregator account anyway (there are only around 20 feeds included so far, but will continue to add more as I iron out bugs).
- Also discover three other ‘online journalism’ Pipes, one of which has been created by a former student. Feel proud.
- Then realise he never finished it. Feel proud regardless.
- Also realise I can use ‘View Source’ to build on the work of the other OJ aggregator – and that anyone can do the same to build on mine.