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Tool to back up FriendFeed RSS

10:31 pm on Jan 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I've been looking for some good tools to back up my FriendFeed Atom "RSS" feed. I've done a lot of Googling and tested several programs and WordPress plugins, but I still haven't found a satisfying solution.

Basically, I would like a copy of the feed to download or keep on my own website. I really like the visual embedding that FriendFeed shows (youtube screenshots, yelp maps, flickr thumbnails), but I can't find a way to duplicate their interface. Alternatively to backing up directly to my Wordpress site, the RSSOwl desktop app can make a good HTML backup, but it only links to the image embedding (it doesn't actually download the content). I do like the easy-searchability of the RSSOwl HTML, too, particularly since FriendFeed's search functionality is pretty lousy.

So can anyone think of a tool with these two features? (1) Archive of feed visuals and (2) easy searchability of complete feed history.

J. J.

[edited by: bill at 2:05 am (utc) on Jan. 12, 2010]
[edit reason] No links to examples or your own sites please [/edit]

4:14 am on Jan 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld Zepfanman.

I haven't used it much, but Backupify is supposed to help with backing up various feeds and services.

5:25 am on Jan 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your response, Bill. I shouldn't have been lazy posting other links - they were, however, meant to be illustrations, not promotions.

I had received a couple of backupify recommendations already. Gave that a try, but it wasn't at all what I was looking for - text only backups. Backupmy.net seems to be similarly useless in this situation, to put it bluntly.

There was a mention of using Yahoo Pipes, but I wasn't familiar with what he was trying to do. "@Zepfanman: After all, I created in Yahoo Pipes simple scheme that returns 300 posts from user_feed (because I have at the moment only 250 posts). :) You can import RSS from this scheme to RSSreader or MailClient - it will be simple backup of your FrF lifestream. Tiny link: [b23.ru...] #YahooPipes - Nikolaj"

That Pipe seems to be doing the same thing as importing a regular feed. Still back to where I started!

Thanks again,
J. J.


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