Get Buzz with RSS, feed to Facebook/Twitter

Here’s a quick tip, courtesy @Avinio: your Buzz updates are now shown on your Google Profile, which now has its own RSS feed.

When you visit any Google Profile, you will see the RSS feed icon in your browser address bar. Click it to subscribe to anyone’s Buzz posts using RSS.

For e.g., you can check my Google Profile to see my Google Reader shared items showing up at present. The RSS icon should be enabled in your browser.

Google Profile RSS

Why would you want to do this? There are interesting possibilities:

  • Mix and refine Buzz feeds using Yahoo Pipes
  • Feed your Buzz posts to Facebook Notes
  • Tweet your Buzz posts to Twitter using RSS2Twitter
  • Follow someone on Buzz without explicitly following them in Buzz
  • Read Buzz posts using Google Reader
  • and so on.

This is just a glimpse of the interoperability possible with open standards.

Note: I have not yet used Buzz, still waiting for it to be enabled.

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  • Also when people are commenting on shared items on Google Reader, it links to their google profile. Earlier there was no link for people one wasn't following. Neat move. Will help discover more interesting people to follow

  • That is a very significant observation! People discovery again made possible. Cool!

  • Such observations 'happen' when I'm desperate for something and don't get it =D Meanwhile what do you think of the @ tagging syntax? I think it's too complicated as I mentioned over here (scroll down)

  • Thanks for the tips!

  • Or you can feed it to the Lifestream WordPress plug-in (and delete your Twitter account etc. to avoid double post)

  • or you can rip a hole in the universe by feeding Buzz > Twitter > back into Buzz just to see what happens.

  • Yup! 🙂

  • That's what Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) of Giga Om said when he tweeted this. 🙂

  • srirammurali

    If you look into the feed from Buzz, it fails validation due to some minor issues with how Google writes its feeds like Missing trailing slashes, Missing Link relationship errors. So till Google changes how it writes its feeds or validators understand how Google writes its feeds importing is not possible. I tried with FB yesterday and it said it cannot detect any feeds. 😉 And given Google's statement of not anything in sight for data consistency across other platforms, doubt if its possible with Pipes as such. Ofc, one can take the extreme step of reformatting the feed and feeding it to FB as a last option for the time being 🙂

  • srirammurali: Thank you for the feedback. From what I've read from Dewitt Clinton, Chris Messina, and others at Google, adherence to standard protocols is top priority and one of the main goals of Buzz.

    Data consistency between two platforms is two-way and standards are the only means of achieving interoperability. If Buzz is not generating valid feeds, I am sure it will. If other platforms are not able to detect valid feeds, it is a problem with them. And with Google's backing, I am optimistic that standardization and interoperability will be achieved.

    I will continue to monitor developments on this and update with any info I find. Again, thanks for the feedback.

  • fadingdust

    I'm a fan of the simple Android/iPhone interfaces (there's one for gmail & reader too):

    But I'm trying to figure out how to get the rss for any/all Buzz comments, not just per-person I choose. Still I love the yahoo pipes!

  • Hmm…I don't think there is an RSS feed exclusively for Buzz comments yet.

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