[UPDATE, January 30, 2010: I managed to create different flows for status updates / micro-blog post that include and that don't include shared reading]
Just released the brakes from my shared reading feed again.
I managed to address only one of the three issues I mentioned yesterday, but I think it's the most important one: to make clear to readers of my blog that the posts in question are my shared reading, that they are re-blogged and that they originate elsewhere.
So I'll let it run for a while to see what it looks and feels like.
How I did it was by fetching my shared reading feed from Google Reader, into Yahoo! Pipes. There I managed to modify the contents of the item.title element, using the Regex Module, and the regular expression "$" to locate the end of the string (the end of the title), and replace it by the text string " | (re-blogged!)
Also, using the same tools, with the regular expression "^", I managed to insert the following string at the beginning of the item.description element as well as at the beginning of the item.content element:
reference link at the end of this post to where it was originally
published. – Jos Schuurmans;
This is the resulting feed from Yahoo! Pipes, which anyone can clone and edit:
And this is the resulting RSS feed:
I would still like to (1) offer a line break at the end of my insert, (2) activate the URL and perhaps (3) format the text a bit, but I have no idea how to.
What I also didn't manage to do was to shorten the body text of each item, nor to activate the embedded links. Later, perhaps.
I like playing around with Yahoo! Pipes. I think it's a very powerful tool. However, even though it has a nice graphical editing pane and "you don't need to be able to write a single line of code", it still poses quite a learning curve for non-geeks like me.
For example, there must be a way to insert the name of the author (i.e. the value which corresponds with the item.author.name element), automagically into the item title. Any pointers?
Related question: who competes with Yahoo! Pipes in this space?