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Best. Hack. Ever. (making Google and Yahoo play nice)

February 26th, 2009 by Colin Carmichael

That’s perhaps over-stating things a bit, but it’s certainly one of the most useful web hacks I’ve used – and use regularly.

The Problem:
Google search feeds cannot be pulled into Yahoo! Pipes.

Pipes’ slogan “Re-Wire the Web” apparently doesn’t apply to Google. I don’t know if this is a restriction of Yahoo or Google or both, but it’s very annoying if you’re trying to do some heavy-duty monitoring via Google search and want to be able to manipulate the feed before it reaches Google Reader… for example.

The Solution:
Google Feedburner. If you run the Google News/Blog Search feeds through Feedburner and then pull the Feedburner urls into Y!Pipes, all is well. You can manipulate the Google data anyway you like before consuming it.

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