bobrobboy: December 2008 Archives
A post on a Bibliographic Wilderness caused me to think of how to thread together a few services to share my reading with others. In fact that's what that post is about, sharing a reading list in the Web 2.0 way.
I don't really want (or expect) my friends to come to WorldCat.org to view my lists. (Though I would love it if they did! Hint, hint.) So I want to expose my list on other Web sites.
After a few minutes of poking around, I set things up to post a tweet to my Twitter stream whenever I add a new item to a WorldCat.org list. Because my Twitter account is linked to my Facebook profile and my FriendFeed page, I can share books, movies, articles and more with friends on many networks with one action on WorldCat.org.
Here's what I did:
- I copied the RSS feed from my list using the "view xml" option on the AddThis page which appears when you click the "RSS Feed" button on a list.
- I jumped to TwitterFeed.com and set up an account there.
- I stuck the RSS URL into a new feed on TwitterFeed.
- I set up some of the parameters on that TwitterFeed page, including a hash tag for #reading so I can pull together all of the stuff I've added using that tag
TwitterFeed took about 30 minutes to update, but once it did the most recent edition to my list appeared on Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed.
A super simple mashup of services without a lick of coding can thread content through your social networks. Try it and let me know how it works. Or better yet ... tell me some other ways this can be done!
A few folks here in the halls and cubes of OCLC suggested I share a quick hack with our blog readers. We added a tagging feature to WorldCat.org a number of weeks ago, and the list of items tagged is steadily growing.
But how do you know if a tag has been used and if it has been used what items have been tagged? Just hack the URL a bit:
< http://www.worldcat.org/tags/YOUR WORD HERE >
For instance I'm using tags to keep track of some poetry books to find something that would be good to read with my sons:
Just add "/tags" to the url and "/adventure" or whatever else you're interested in after "/tags." You'll get an Oops page fairly often as our tags are only a few weeks old. If you do get an Oops page, think about what you expected to find there then locate it in WorldCat and tag it yourself!
Now you might wonder why need to hack a URL to get a list of tags when you could just click through a tag cloud. We'll answer that riddle for you early next year.