Thursday, October 14, 2010

Eureka! Blog and Etsy Together on Facebook......

Facebook fan pages only allow you to import one RSS feed. That leaves us crafty bloggers to choose between our store feeds or our blog feeds.

Today I had a eureka moment. I wondered if I could combine the RSS feeds from my Etsy store and from my blog into one RSS feed and then import it into my fan page....

Hmm it was an interesting idea. So I pulled out my google search and found a way to make it happen.

Yahoo has an application called Yahoo Pipes. http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/

The application is not extremely friendly to use, however it is versatile.  In order to create my new RSS feed, I used the Fetch Feed to download the RSS feeds.

I then connected both Fetch Feed boxes to a Union operator box. The union operator is then connected to a sort operator box, which is connected to a Create RSS feed operator box. This is fed into the pipe output.

Ok that was a lot of mumbo jumbo to tell you the same thing this diagram will show you.


Ok, once I got my diagram finished, I then saved it. I saw option at the top of the page that said "Run Pipe". I published the pipe and then chose the Get RSS Feed. I copied that URL into my Facebook blog importer and Eureka! It took me a few times back and forth before I got the feed to take successfully, but boy am I excited now that I have.

3 comments:

  1. Great instructions. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Wow! That is confusing for me since I am not very smart with computers, but it's so great that you found this and are sharing!!!

    Hope you stop by my way and say hello!
    :)maureen

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  3. Hmm. Very interesting idea. I don't know if this is something I want to do right now but I'm really glad that I now know how to do it if I so choose.

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