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Easy: Connect your RSS or Atom feed to Google Buzz

2010 Mar 12, 1:28

It was relatively easy, although still more difficult than I would have guessed, to hook my bespoke website's Atom feed up to Google Buzz. I already have a Google email account and associated profile so Buzz just showed up in my Gmail interface. Setting it up it offered to connect to my YouTube account or my Google Chat account but I didn't see an option to connect to an arbitrary RSS or Atom feed like I expected.

But of course hooking up an arbitrary Atom or RSS feed is documented. You hook it up in the same manner you claim a website as your own via the Google Profile (for some reason they want to ensure you own the feed connected to your Buzz account). You do this via Google's social graph API which uses XFN or FOAF. I used XFN by simply adding a link to my feed to my Google profile (And be sure to check the 'This is a profile page about me' which ensures that a rel="me" tag is added to the HTML on your profile. This is how XFN works.) And by adding a corresponding link in my feed back to my Google profile page with the following:

atom:link rel="me" href="http://www.google.com/profiles/david.risney"
I used this Google tool to check my XFN connections and when I checked back the next day my feed showed up in Google Buzz's configuration dialog.

So more difficult than I would have expected (more difficult than just an 'Add your feed' button and textbox) but not super difficult. And yet after reading this Buzz from DeWitt Clinton I feel better about opting-in to Google's Social API.

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Nexus :: Dave Risney

2008 Apr 3, 10:38Produces a cool interactive graph of your friends on Facebook.PermalinkCommentsfacebook nexus graph foaf me via:ethan_t_hein

FOAF and OpenID: two great tastes that taste great together | Decentralized Information Group (DIG) Breadcrumbs

2007 Nov 28, 4:43How to use FOAF and OpenID together and how DIG used that as a basis for commenting on their blog.PermalinkCommentsfoaf openid authentication identity rdf semanticweb trust web spam

FoaF on my Homepage

2007 Oct 14, 3:12I've updated my homepage by moving stuff about me onto a separate About page. Creating the About page was the perfect opportunity to get FoaF, a machine readable way of describing yourself and your friends, off my to do list. I have a base FoaF file to which I add friends, projects, and accounts from delicious using an XSLT. This produces the FoaF XML resource on which I use another XSLT to convert into HTML and produce the About page.

I should also mention a few FoaF pages I found useful in doing this: PermalinkCommentstechnical xml foaf personal xslt xsl homepage

PGP Signing FOAF Files

2007 Oct 10, 9:21Howto on signing your FoaF documents.PermalinkCommentspgp security signing web trust foaf rdf semanticweb xml encryption howto

FoaF Explorer

2007 Oct 9, 4:43A FOAF browser. It turns FOAF descriptions into HTML with links to those things described in the FOAF including links to other FOAF descriptions transformed in the same fashion.PermalinkCommentsbrowser community social foaf rdf semanticweb

[rdfweb-dev] XSLTs for FOAF, Spring v1.3.1 and plans for FOAF spec improvements

2007 Oct 9, 4:41Notes on using XSLT on FOAF XML files. Apparently its not super simple due to the various equivalent ways of representing the same RDF in XML.PermalinkCommentsxml foaf xslt xsl reference rdf semanticweb

philwilson.org :: foaflicious

2007 Apr 8, 9:07A tool to produce FOAF files based on your delicious account. Appears to be down now but the tool's blog has other ineteresting links.PermalinkCommentsdelicious foaf rdf tool phil-wilson blog

Tag Ontology Writeup

2007 Feb 12, 5:19Article on Tag Ontologys. Found via Sir TBL's tag article.PermalinkCommentsarticle blog foaf folksonomy ontology rdf reference semanticweb tag tagging

FOAF Vocabulary Specification

2007 Feb 7, 4:43How to indicate human relationships and human information in a machine readable fashion.PermalinkCommentsfoaf rdf xml semanticweb specification metadata social identity namespace schema standard
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