Peoplefeeds and Quick Aggregation

peoplefeeds is cool.

I’ve been looking for something to can aggregate my Flickr, WordPress blog, and feeds into one venue where I can look up items by tag, in a single page-load.

Suprglu was my leading contender, although they weren’t there yet since they didn’t seem to support importing my blog posts with tags preserved — pretty much everything wound up tagged as “uncategorized“. disappointing. :( so I was waiting for them to fix that.

This post by Richard MacManus pointed at another couple of options; 43Things and Peoplefeeds. I hadn’t actually noticed that 43Things was doing this kind of aggregation too; unfortunately as far as I can see, they doesn’t support tag preservation and browsing, so there goes my desired feature. shame.

However, Peoplefeeds was right on target, offering a ‘Unified Tagspace’ and a ‘Search All-Personal-Content’ mechanism. It works nicely, too. Here’s my personal aggregator, combining my Flickr feed, my weblog feed, and my feed into one — and with a unified tag-space; here’s my ‘hiking’ tag, hitting all 3 feeds. Perfect.

One other use for this — I’ve forgotten why I was looking for one of these, but I know I did want one ;) — it can be used to make a “private planet“. If you have 3 or 4 feeds that you need to combine into one, this provides a very easy way to do that; just set up a userid at Peoplefeeds for that purpose.

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  1. Posted April 25, 2006 at 23:53 | Permalink

    I’ve been looking for something similar. Can’t wait to check this out, thanks.

  2. ben
    Posted April 26, 2006 at 00:13 | Permalink

    Friends don’t let friends become Web 2.0 fanboys.

    How come you don’t have a “tagging” tag?

  3. Posted April 26, 2006 at 03:52 | Permalink

    Thanks for checking out Peoplefeeds.

    Indeed, one of the first uses I made of PF was to aggregate FreeBSD Planet (I blogged about that here: Peoplefeeds and FreeBSD (specifically

    To follow up on the Planet concept, I found it neat to also be able to have control over what sub-content I pull out from the aggregated (“planet”) content. I do this using Peoplefeeds Watchlists. So for example, suppose I am aggregating all of the blogs and that most bloggers use blogging software that supports categories (and exports them via RSS via the category tag) or use Technorati tags to categorize and index their posts. Peoplefeeds will also aggregate and display the unified tag cloud, as extracted from blog entries (and whatever else is being aggregated). So I can add only tags that pertain to my specific interests to my PF watchlist (look for the +w button in PF profile browsing when logged in).

    The result of this is that my watchlist contains a list of PlanetApache tags I’m tracking and a custom-spliced RSS feed to go with it, neatly intersected with duplicate items removed. If you are tracking stuff from multiple peoplefeeders, you’ll have a custom spliced feed for each, and you can even grab an OPML file to which you can occasionally sync your newsreader to.

    For example, see my watchlist.


  4. Posted April 26, 2006 at 05:43 | Permalink

    hi Justin,

    Technorati tags are indeed supported by SuprGlu… nevertheless, thanks for pointing out that something went wrong for your account, we’ll be taking a closer look.

    All the best, Danny.

  5. Posted April 26, 2006 at 11:05 | Permalink

    ‘Friends don’t let friends become Web 2.0 fanboys.’

    Try it Ben, it works. ;) Best information-retrieval categorisation scheme I’ve used, esp. when there’s only one person adding info to the collection.

    Bosko — that watchlist feature sounds pretty cool. One step at a time, though ;)

    Oh, quick feature request — IMO a useful feature would be a way for one user to have multiple output pages/feeds; this would allow a user to maintain more than one site (e.g. a “mini-planet” for one topic, plus a personal aggregator, plus a simple multi-feed-splicing feed for another use). In other words, decouple the output URLs from the logged-in username.

  6. Posted April 26, 2006 at 11:07 | Permalink

    btw I mailed Danny separately, but it’s worth noting here; I think the issue with Suprglu was more a bug in the WordPress Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin, which (I think) used some odd formatting for its tags in the RSS feed. I’ve since upgraded that, so let’s see if it helps.

  7. ben
    Posted April 26, 2006 at 23:59 | Permalink

    Well, you should go the whole hog then. AJAX comment submission and proper sliding-doors roundy corners on your headlines would be the obvious places to start.