Friday, May 06, 2005

LiveJournal OPML

Data: URIs are pretty cool. I'm playing with the idea of adding files to a website on the fly, beyond simple icons. Fortunately Simon Willison did most of the hard work by implementing the wonderful data: URI kitchen in JavaScript.

For my test run, I generated OPML files for a LiveJournal users's list of friends. Most of my friends have blogs hosted on LiveJournal. I wouldn't read them at all until I found out you can stream their through RSS. So then I'd read Melanie's. Now I have them all imported to NetNewsWire using this greasemonkey script. Right now, it does not distinguish between people, communities, and feeds but I don't mind unsubscribing items as much as I mind manually subscribing to one feed at a time.

Now that I know it works, I can think of much cooler applications of this combination.

Update: Greasemonkey script has been updated to support LiveJournal's new URL scheme. Yeah I'm a few months behind on this one. Thanks to Scott for pointing it out to me.

1 comment:

Scott said...

I'm not sure what happned. I think LiveJournal may have changed something since you wrote this script. I have noticed they've changed the URLs.

I can't get it to work. I'm a greasemonkey junkie. I have scads-o-scripts I use for all kinds of things, but yours on LJ isn't working at all.

On a related note, I can't find anything that will work currently to generate an OPML file from my frineds list. I've come across some servers that will generate an OPML file from your frinds list to download, but the files dont't work either.

Anyhow, I just thought I'd bring your script issue to your attention.