Hacking RSS: Filtering & Processing Obscene Amounts of Information

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Tuesday 15th March, 2011

9:30am to 10:30am (CST)

Information overload is less about having too much information and more about not having the right tools and techniques to filter and process information to find the pieces that are most relevant for you. This presentation will focus on showing you a variety of tips and techniques to get you started down the path of looking at RSS feeds in a completely different light. The default RSS feeds generated by your favorite blog or website are just a starting point waiting to be hacked and manipulated to serve your needs.

Most people read RSS feeds, but few people take the time to go one step further to hack on those RSS feeds to find only the most interesting posts. I combine tools like Yahoo Pipes, BackTweets, PostRank and more with some simple API calls to be able to find what I need while automatically discarding the rest. You start with one or more RSS feeds and then feed those results into other services to gather more information that can be used to further filter or process the results. This process is easier than it sounds once you learn a few simple tools and techniques, and no “real” programming experience is required to get started. This session will show you some tips and tricks to get you started down the path of hacking your RSS feeds.

LEVEL: Intermediate

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Dawn Foster

Community Manager at Puppet Labs, Blogger, Vegan, Open Source Fan, RSS Junkie and Tech Enthusiast.

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  • Jason Hartsell
  • Chuck Fletcher
  • Dean Cruse
  • Devon Smith
  • DJ Davis
  • erwin blom
  • Dawn Foster
  • Jason Wehmhoener
  • Katie Felten
  • kickme444
  • Kirstin Butler
  • Charles Klein
  • Kyle West
  • Nicole Hennig
  • Martijn Pannevis
  • Reinier Ladan
  • Sands Fish
  • Shelley Cook
  • Shion Deysarkar
  • Yesenia Sotelo
  • Lisa van Gelder
  • R. Kyle Everett
  • Troy Foley
  • Ted Leung

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Time 9:30am10:30am CST

Date Tue 15th March 2011


Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center

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