Almost three years ago, I have sit with Pete Shelton, colleague from IFPRI, to set up RSS news feeds filtered for specific topics. We have used Google News and Google Reader. Unfortunately since then Google little bit complicated the process of making RSS feeds based on tags, but it still possible, which I have recently verified. Somebody may find it useful so here is how I did it:
1. First you create Google News search for the key word(s) of your interest:
2. Then take the RSS of the page that was generated:
3. You will get a RSS feed page (XML) – copy the URL and paste it to your Google reader (it can possibly work also with other readers, but I have the pathway fine-tuned for Google reader only):
4. In your Google reader, click on subscribe and place the URL of the RSS feed and click Add:
5. Now the fun part starts: you have now your RSS feed in the Google RSS reader. But you want to select just some news for the filtered RSS feed (e.g. to insert to your website). Here Google messed up because it disabled the straightforward filtering process by public tags. but it is still possible
Assign the specific tag e.g. ‘website’ (or whatever you want to call it, but remember it is case sensitive!) to everything that you want to appear in your filtered RSS feed:
6. Your tag will be private, and Google won’t allow you to make it public directly. Even the feed is private. However, there is a way to make the tag and its feed public.
Install this script – Make a tag public – it can be in Chrome or Firefox – follow the instructions on the site. In case of Chrome you may need to install first Tampermonkey as Chrome doesn’t allow scripts other than Google’s own.
Then refresh or go to Google Reader and you shall see new [PUBLIC] button on side of ‘SUBSCRIBE:
7. Click PUBLIC and select your filtered items tag from the list [in this case it is ‘website‘]. Click OK, and your filtered items will become public:
8. In reader, click on settings and ‘Reader settings’:
9. Click on tab ‘Folders & tags’ where you can see that your tag ‘website’ is now public:
10. Click on ‘view public page’ and you get the view of the feed in Google style.
Click on atom feed and you will get the XML that can be embedded into your blog or website:
Indeed much more can be done with RSS feeds in Yahoo pipes – (re)ordering; further filtering; merging or splitting of feeds, but that’s for another post 😉