03 April 2005

How to get a Rojo URI feed delivered to your e-mail inbox

Purpose

This explains how to convert Rojo URIs to ones you can use anywhereand then add that URI to Bot A blog for e-mail delivery.

This is also a workaround to find related Rojo blogs and shows you where to find Rojo's subscription chicklets.

Then we conclude with a practice sessions for you to try out this new skill.

The hidden URI's: How to find them

Kevin Burton is the chief architect of Rojo. One thing you'll notice on Kevin's blog is that he doesn't have any orange chicklets. No, Kevin has a Rojo-chicklet.

Interestingly, Kevin's feed is a unique-Rojo feed, meaning that you can't easily load it up to a competing aggregator. Which makes sense because Kevin wants you to use Rojo to read his feed.

Small problem: What if you want to compare how his feed appears in other platforms; or you want to get Kevin's feed delivered to you by e-mail or a single-subscription form... how do you get the feed?

Why you may want the non-Rojo URI

Let's pretend that you don't know about Bloglines blog-discovery tool, and have no clue about feed discovery, and you have no idea how to do this using Google.

The problem with bot-a-blog is that it doesn't find the URI, it will find the link on the site. Which, in this case isn't what will work with Bot-A-Blog.

How to convert a Rojo URI to a URI any aggregator can use

This explains how to convert Kevin's feed-URI from his Rojo account to a URI that any aggregator can use.

1. Click on Kevin's Rojo Chicklet: You'll get taken to the Rojo Sign-in.

2. After signing in, you may see an error message that says, "Please Sign In to Rojo.
". This is not a problem. It's just a bug.

3. At that point, look down on the webpage. You will see something like:


The words to look for


Add a Channel

To add a channel to Rojo simply enter the web site address (such as www.nytimes.com) or feed URL (such as http://boingboing.net/atom.xml) for the content site you are interested in and choose a folder to place this channel into.


Channel web address

[___ ______ ] < --- The box with the feed!


5. At the "Channel web address" you'll see a new feed URI, the generic non-Rojo-specific-URI, which you normally see with the orange buttons.

6. That's the URI you can use anywhere, in any aggregator and the bot-a-blog request for e-mail delivery. Notice this doesn't match the one underneath the Rojo Chicklet.

How to get that Rojo RSS feed to your e-mail

The next step is to take that URI you just converted and input it to bot a blog.

Now you can get the converted Rojo URI feeds delivered to your e-mail!

Caution: During the Rojo-URI conversion, you may see this


No subscription available for: http://rojo.com/add-subscription?feed-id=1



Not to worry, the feed will get loaded. Just name your folder something, and add the feed. Even though it says there's nothing there, you can still load it up.

Notice how easy it is to add a new folder name while adding a new feed: You can do it all in one step. Far easier than NewsgatorOnline.

Your turn

Now that you've signed into Rojo, and can load a feed, and transfer it, you're ready to do it with someone else's Rojo URI.

Now you can show someone else how to convert anyone's Rojo-URI to something you can use anywhere. Do the same thing with this blog

Michael's blog reports the feed, which when loaded to the channels in Rojo, reports as this URI

Workaround on finding Related Blogs and Links on Rojo

On Kevin's feed in Rojo you'll see: for "related". For now, that link doesn't go to the right content, you have to use this link to see a host of other URIs for other developers, listed right in Rojo. I've never seen that anywhere else. Nice job, Kevin.

Where to get a Rojo Chicklet

Want a Rojo Chicklet like that so others can add your feed to Rojo? Copy it from either here or here. Save it elsewhere to save their bandwidth.
Purpose

This explains how to convert Rojo URIs to ones you can use anywhereand then add that URI to Bot A blog for e-mail delivery.

This is also a workaround to find related Rojo blogs and shows you where to find Rojo's subscription chicklets.

Then we conclude with a practice sessions for you to try out this new skill.

The hidden URI's: How to find them

Kevin Burton is the chief architect of Rojo. One thing you'll notice on Kevin's blog is that he doesn't have any orange chicklets. No, Kevin has a Rojo-chicklet.

Interestingly, Kevin's feed is a unique-Rojo feed, meaning that you can't easily load it up to a competing aggregator. Which makes sense because Kevin wants you to use Rojo to read his feed.

Small problem: What if you want to compare how his feed appears in other platforms; or you want to get Kevin's feed delivered to you by e-mail or a single-subscription form... how do you get the feed?

Why you may want the non-Rojo URI

Let's pretend that you don't know about Bloglines blog-discovery tool, and have no clue about feed discovery, and you have no idea how to do this using Google.

The problem with bot-a-blog is that it doesn't find the URI, it will find the link on the site. Which, in this case isn't what will work with Bot-A-Blog.

How to convert a Rojo URI to a URI any aggregator can use

This explains how to convert Kevin's feed-URI from his Rojo account to a URI that any aggregator can use.

1. Click on Kevin's Rojo Chicklet: You'll get taken to the Rojo Sign-in.

2. After signing in, you may see an error message that says, "Please Sign In to Rojo.
". This is not a problem. It's just a bug.

3. At that point, look down on the webpage. You will see something like:


The words to look for


Add a Channel

To add a channel to Rojo simply enter the web site address (such as www.nytimes.com) or feed URL (such as http://boingboing.net/atom.xml) for the content site you are interested in and choose a folder to place this channel into.


Channel web address

[___ ______ ] < --- The box with the feed!


5. At the "Channel web address" you'll see a new feed URI, the generic non-Rojo-specific-URI, which you normally see with the orange buttons.

6. That's the URI you can use anywhere, in any aggregator and the bot-a-blog request for e-mail delivery. Notice this doesn't match the one underneath the Rojo Chicklet.

How to get that Rojo RSS feed to your e-mail

The next step is to take that URI you just converted and input it to bot a blog.

Now you can get the converted Rojo URI feeds delivered to your e-mail!

Caution: During the Rojo-URI conversion, you may see this


No subscription available for: http://rojo.com/add-subscription?feed-id=1



Not to worry, the feed will get loaded. Just name your folder something, and add the feed. Even though it says there's nothing there, you can still load it up.

Notice how easy it is to add a new folder name while adding a new feed: You can do it all in one step. Far easier than NewsgatorOnline.

Your turn

Now that you've signed into Rojo, and can load a feed, and transfer it, you're ready to do it with someone else's Rojo URI.

Now you can show someone else how to convert anyone's Rojo-URI to something you can use anywhere. Do the same thing with this blog

Michael's blog reports the feed, which when loaded to the channels in Rojo, reports as this URI

Workaround on finding Related Blogs and Links on Rojo

On Kevin's feed in Rojo you'll see: for "related". For now, that link doesn't go to the right content, you have to use this link to see a host of other URIs for other developers, listed right in Rojo. I've never seen that anywhere else. Nice job, Kevin.

Where to get a Rojo Chicklet

Want a Rojo Chicklet like that so others can add your feed to Rojo? Copy it from either here or here. Save it elsewhere to save their bandwidth.
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