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How to Get a Lifestream

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Devir has a very important screencast for you today. He’s going to show you how you can become an active member of my new venture site, Lockergnome.NET. This is different from the original Lockergnome, so pay attention. Registration on the new site is open to anyone and everyone. It’s a place where you can easily integrate all of your social media activities into one spot on the web. Add a blog, pull in all of your feeds, and connect with others… all for no cost to you! Thanks to Devir for the screencast!

When you first visit the new site, you’ll of course need to sign up. Choose a screen name, and fill in your information. After you receive the activation email (usually within a moment or two), you can begin! I suggest first choosing a unique avatar, one that reflects you and who you are!

Next you’re going to want to set up your activity stream. This is pretty simple to do. At the top of the Lockergnome page, you’ll see where it says “My Blogs”. Hover your mouse there, and then hover over your blog name. From the second pop-out of choice, you want to choose “Dashboard”. If you’re not familiar with WordPress, don’t panic! It’s not difficult to learn.

On the left, down towards the bottom, you’ll see where it says “Lifestream”. This will take you to the page where you can add all of your feeds! You’ll see a huge list here. First, select a feed from the list. Once you do, you’ll need to enter your feed URL, and name it whatever you wish (or leave it at the default name). Lastly, you want to click “Add Feed” at the bottom. The page will refresh, and your feed is added.

You can make a status update or a blog post whenever you choose. However, you don’t “have” to do this. All of your activity on the social networks you add to your account will automatically be aggregated right there in one place!

Another thing you can do to personalize your page, is to play around with the widgets available. On the Dashboard, go to Appearance (over on the left), and then choose “Widgets”. You’ll see a number of different things you can drag-and-drop to help customize your Lifestream page a little more. For instance, you may want to have your personal blog or website content show up here on Lockergnome. You can do that! Drag the “RSS Feed” icon over to the right where it says “Sidebar 1”. Drop it right there when the little box shows up. Add the RSS feed URL from your blog or website, name it, and save it!

This site is simple to use, free to use, and important to use. You want to keep all of your information in one place. Lockergnome gives you a way to do that!

Thanks, Devir, for an excellent screencast that will hopefully help others get their new Lifestream set up!

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Google’s FeedBurner Problems on the FrontBurner: You’re SOL

I held off on transferring my feeds to FeedBurner, but was eventually convinced that it was going to help more than hurt.

Today, I’m strongly considering taking my feeds back – out of the hands of FeedBurner / Google. I’m definitely not the only one who is discontent with FeedBurner’s service. There have been several reports of problems, but very little reassurance that FeedBurner has stayed true to the users that helped build the service.

I noticed the other day that when I was the fifth blogger to write about the TechCrunch tablet, my post did not show up in TechMeme. Odd. I know I’m in the list, and I know I sourced the original post and wrote plenty about the topic.

Turns out, my freakin’ FeedBurnered feed isn’t rendering much more than the first two sentences of any given post – without links. I knew something had been off for a while, but didn’t realize the problem was THAT bad. For some reason unknown to FeedBurner engineers, items that used to show full content are no longer showing full content to some aggregators.


Their response? I’m “SOL” (their term, not mine):

This is an issue of the particular browsers choosing to render the description element in their display instead of the content element. I think he’s SOL. In fact, I see the same artifact in both his source feed and FB feed in Firefox. If you force the system to do server-site browser-friendly rendering… you see full content.

So, is it my source feed that’s causing problems, or the FeedBurner feed?

http://chris.pirillo.com/feed/ – Source

http://feeds.pirillo.com/ChrisPirillo – FeedBurner

Do you see any difference between those two feeds in your aggregator / browser? I know this post won’t show up on TechMeme, either – so there’s little chance other FeedBurner users will see…

The Blame Game

Okay, bLaugh is up and running – including a great gag on the Friendster patent today. I’ve been using FeedBurner to manage the feed, which has (for the most part) been a good experience. To make bLaugh fully PSP compatible, I had to create enclosures for the comic images – which can only be done with a direct hyperlink to the image itself. In doing so, some of my non-Friendster friends are telling me that two images are showing up in each bLaugh feed item. The reasons are simple: (a) the news aggregator is ignoring the HTML I’ve set to hide the image link from plain view; (b) the news aggregator is rendering the enclosure inline for your convenience, as well as the image that’s pulling in directly via the IMG tag. So is anybody really to blame here? Wish I knew. FeedBurner has allowed me to infuse the Flickr images tagged “bLaugh” with my regular ol’ blog feed – allowing my tens of thousands of subscribers to get the day’s gag without having to subscribe to the separate bLaugh feed. Still, others are saying that my feed in Bloglines is giving them fits. Argh! Can I just blame the dog?!