Sunday, June 17, 2007

Using Google Reader to create multiple shared feeds

In my last post I talked about using Google Reader to create a Shared Item feed or Link Blog but what if you wanted to take it a step further and split the posts you find interesting into different categories (Eg. Tech News, Geek stuff, .NET, SQL, etc.) and that get there own RSS feed for people to subscribe to. Can this be done? Well "Yes" but it's going to be a bit more labour intensive on your part than just clicking on the share button.
To create your new Category Link Blog the first thing you will need to do is to create a tag that will represent the categories. The easiest way to do this is add the tag name to an existing post by clicking on the Edit Tags at the bottom as follow.
Before
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Add Tag WPF
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Afterwards
google-reader-item-with-wpf-tag
After you have done that the new tag will appear in your list.
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The next step is to set the tag to being public via the Tag settings page (Settings, Tags) by clicking on the icon next to the word private to switch
Private
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Public
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From here it is just a matter of clicking on the "view public page" to get the address of your new link blog page.
google-reader-item-wpf-page
To add items to this category link blog is just a matter of editing and adding the tag to the posts you want to add.
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