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Twitter and recent books

Many of you know abut the recent books page, which provides an up-to-the-second list of books being offered on BookMooch.

That page works by plugging into Twitter, so you can view the feed from either BookMooch or from Twitter.

There used to be a helpful feature provided by twitter, that you could search for #tags inside our feed. For some reason (possibly because of the quantity of BM's tweets), Twitter no longer finds anything for #tags inside the BookMooch feed.

I've sent Twitter a tech support request, to see I can get them to re-instate the #tag searching feature that used to work for us. However, I haven't received any response.

So... for the time being I removed the country and genre searching features in "recent books" as they haven't been working for some time, since Twitter disabled this.

As an aside, I did discover that it's possible to get an RSS feed of BM's recent books, by using this RSS URL : http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/85174314.rss

If your RSS program supports searching, you could use this to see the subset of recent books you're interested in.

-john

John Buckman
3 years ago

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Yahoo Pipes is also good for taking an RSS feed and filtering it so you can then import the filtered version into your RSS reader.
kbuxton
3 years ago
I found this yahoo pipe, you have to put the tag (#example) and bookmooch in the second field and .. done
Emanuela
3 years ago
 I found this yahoo pipe, you have to put the tag (#example) and bookmooch in the second field and .. done

Can you explain more about how you made Yahoo Pipes work with the twitter rss feed? I tried but couldn't figure it out.

-john

John Buckman
3 years ago
 Related to how Bookmooch works with other websites, how is the recent kerfuffle regarding Amazon, sales taxes and affiliates affecting Bookmooch? Is Bookmooch considered a California affiliate?

Yes, for now at least, BM is considered an Amazon affiliate and thus dropped from Amazon. However, the law is supposed to not kick in until September (though it's been passed now) so there might be a chance this whole mess gets cleared up.

-john

John Buckman
3 years ago
No answer from Twitter, so looks like we'll have to do without the searching feature that used to be there.

I could also implement this inside BookMooch itself, which would also have the advantage of handling longer than 140 characters (the Twitter limit). But, it's a lot of work to essentially rewrite Twitter...

-john

BookMooch Bookmarks
3 years ago
The search by country tool was extremely useful to me as an overseas BMer. I was more likely to mooch books by browsing newly added titles via the filtered Twitter stream. Hopefully there will be a way to restore this function.
okyrhoe
3 years ago
I handle the RSS feed I use in Internet Explorer. Currently I am using IE 9 32-bit on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. With IE 9, and I think also with IE 8, all you need do is click on the link John gives in the initial post. This will bring up the feed view. On this page you can then click on "Add to feeds" or a similar legend and add it permanently to IE's active feeds.

You can then use FInd (press CTrl+F) to search within the feed page for (in my case) #UK.

For convenience, here is the link again -
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/85174314.rss

John (JCB)

John(JCB)
2 years ago
Hi John,
you forgot to mention my application Bookmoocher http://bluenine.it/bookmoocher, that can be used to track new books.
Actually I haven't time to maintain it actively, but it works ;)
ziabice
2 years ago
I am also sorry that the country and genre searches have disappeared.
I do not use Twitter. I just would like to see from time to time what is going on with the moochers of my country or what is going on in my preferred genres.

I do not understand why these searches have gone.

Greetings

Dorith Carmeli
2 years ago
Hi,

If I decide to join Twitter, is it then possible to see all the recent additions to BM, without them disappearing in the lower regions?

If so, how do I go about it?

Thanks for your advice!

Greetings

Dorith Carmeli
2 years ago

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