Twitter + Yahoo Pipes = Signal

In my last post about Twitter, I shared my No. 1 reason for using Twitter is for the resources shared, including blog posts, news items and cool tools people find on the web.

The challenge for me is twofold:

  1. I don’t want to miss anything that’s shared
  2. I don’t have time to watch Twitter all day long (let alone some-of-the-day long)

A few days ago, Ryan Anderson (@ryananderson) posed a question about how to create a stream of only those items on Twitter with a URL. Within minutes — literally minutes (thanks to @kaziel) — Ryan got the answer and shared that too!  Yahoo Pipes.

Now, I can be away from the computer all day and not miss a URL shared by those I follow. Look see (click to enlarge):


That’s a snapshot of what appears in my feed aggregator (I use GreatNews). I subscribed to the RSS feed of the Pipe I created at Yahoo.

Nice, huh?  What’s that?  Oh yeah…how to do it.  First, you need to open a Yahoo Pipes account (it’s free — and if you use MyBlogLog, you already have a Yahoo account).

UPDATE: Via a comment on Will Richardson’s site (thanks to Sue Waters), there seems to be a quicker fix on Yahoo Pipes- just input your twitter name

Here are the steps once you create your Yahoo or Pipes account:

  1. Go to your Twitter home page and grab the RSS feed.  If you have trouble finding it, it’s at the bottom lower left of the page and looks something like this:
  2. Go to my Yahoo Pipes page and "clone" the pipe. You’ll find the "clone" button center-screen, just above RSS feed icon.
  3. Click on "edit source", which gives you a screen like this:
  4. Replace the Twitter feed in the clone with your own (see step 1). Save (upper right of the Pipes screen) and publish.
  5. Grab the RSS feed and subscribe in whatever aggregator you use.

That’s it. Tweet, right? Now you can be sure to catch a clear signal of resources you find on Twitter without having to read each and every item.

  • Heather D

    Yahoo Pipes is very cool and when you use it for Twitter as you do, it just makes consuming all this info, so much easier. Great post, Mike!!! :)

  • Webster

    Nice work. I had forgotten all about Pipes. It was a little buggy when I first used it, but hopefully they have all the kinks worked out now.

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  • Valeria Maltoni

    Robin at Cybersoc used Yahoo Pipes to translate foreign Tweets with some degree of success. See his example here

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  • Alexina

    Always wanted to try pipes in action, so its nice chance. Thanks.

  • Ken Burbary

    Thanks Mike and @kaziel for getting this solution completed and shared with the rest of the community. I’m already using it for my own purposes.

  • Sue Waters

    Hi Mike – now it’s my turn to visit your blog. Actually laughing about it a bit. You posted a comment on my Edublogger post on RSS and then yesterday someone sent me the link to your post on grabbing links from twitter. Any way just wanted to mention they also shared this link for a pipe created for Twitter URL that any one can use.

  • Cherice Montgomery

    Worked like a charm! Thanks SO much for posting this with such clear instructions (and screenshots)!


    Twitter + Yahoo Pipes = Signal

    In my last post about Twitter, I shared my No. 1 reason for using Twitter is for the resources shared, including blog posts, news items and cool tools people find on the web.

  • Anil Wadghule

    Nice tip!

  • andrew korf

    2words – nice mashup.

  • Tony Hirst

    I have a couple of twitter related Yahoo pipes that you might find interesting too: – view tweets on a map – view links, movies etc that are (possibly…?!) related to the content of the tweet
    The pipes are only half the story though – to see what they can do, you need to check out these example displays:

  • Pat

    Thank you so much for doing this!This was exactly what I needed! I followed your directions and they worked for me.

  • Lisa

    Thanks – came here via Tweet from @davestacey

  • Garrick Van Buren

    You may also want to check out for your Twitter feeds. It’s a feed reader I’ve built tweaked for Twitter:
    - auto-expanded shortened urls
    - auto-embedded audio & video from YouTube, Utterz, Seesmic, Qik urls
    - built-in post-to-Twitter

  • Brad Fountain

    This is a great post. I had never used pipes before, but found it to be very intuitive and see it as having many uses for me down the road.

  • JR

    Pipes has got to be one of the most useful things yahoo has ever done.
    You should probably add a rule to your description filter to also allow https:// urls. Maybe ftp:// too.

  • Michael

    This is pretty awesome, what I suggest to others out there is to create a twitter account specifically for this, then follow a bunch of people that post pretty good links but you may not want to follow them because there regular twitter posts are a little boring (there are several like this that I’d like to follow).

  • Sue Waters

    I’m finding twitter link monitor absolutely excellent for the overnight links. I’m blown away because I hadn’t realised how creative people can be with Yahoo pipes. I found another one – that every probably knew about geoTwitterous that lets you see where all your friends are twittering from. Soooo cool.

  • Chris Loft

    Thank you for this cool info

  • Travis Wright

    Hey man, do you know of a way to login with the API? It seems that this trick needs to login to work now.

  • AutoTweet

    Thanks for the quick ‘how to use pipes’ info. A couple of years I tried all day to get one to work for me (unsuccessfully). Now I’m finally ready to try again.

  • Oliver

    pretty cool use of pipes

  • Matt

    Nice tutorial! :) There are thousands of pipes already available for mash ups. I’ve noted some of the unique and best pipes for everyone to use.

  • dhimaz

    NIce info…thx for sharing :)

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