Monday, November 26, 2007

Playing with Seesmic feeds - 3 small features

One of my frustrations with Seesmic was simply knowing what was going on without hitting the site all the time and filtering posts. The provide a Twitter feed which is pretty good but it's getting busy and although they have an RSS feed on the top of the Twitter feed i never knew this til i looked at their JSON code....

... in any case there are a number of things i wanted to do and will likely want to do in the future to the JSON to XML stuff i did will likely come in useful again.

ANYWAY - what have I done??

Well ....

1. An RSS feed of Seesmic - updates around every 15 minutes and can be found here :

2. You can discover posts relevant to you using the "u" querystring value. So

... will return feeds created by me - or directed to me (if you really only want things created by you, then add "by " to the query, such as @weblivz).

3. You can filter based on content using the "t" querystring value. So you can find posts about Seesmic with the following query:

THIS means you can see if anyone has replied to you by just appending "Re: " to the first few characters of your original subject line. So looking at the site just now, i can find replies to "Reload Seesmic for new features !" with the following query .... Reload

It's a bit of a start - hope it is of some use. I already use it to quickly check the last N posts - i guess the fact i can now translate their JSON to RSS will be more useful when it comes to RSS on a person basic - rather than public (which may be quite soon as it's getting busy). In any case hope the filtering features are of some use.


(ResPres) Jeff Turner said...

I think it's a great start, actually. I'm going to play with it a bit later and see how it works out, from a topic standpoint. Thank you!

Sameer said...

Hey Steven

I'd love to see what could be done with the feed + our filtering and notification platform. Feel free to drop me a line if you want to chat.