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:
- I don’t want to miss anything that’s shared
- 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):
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).
Here are the steps once you create your Yahoo or Pipes account:
- 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: http://twitter.com/statuses/friends_timeline/915051.rss
- Go to my Yahoo Pipes page and "clone" the pipe. You’ll find the "clone" button center-screen, just above RSS feed icon.
- Click on "edit source", which gives you a screen like this:
- Replace the Twitter feed in the clone with your own (see step 1). Save (upper right of the Pipes screen) and publish.
- 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.