I've updated the MySpace blog and comments RSS feed scripts. You can now enter pretty much any site that even references the MySpace account desired and the scripts will figure out where the appropriate blog or comments are.

I tested parsing on several different blogs, but of course, there may be others that I haven't tested and don't work. If you try something and it doesn't work, let me know what account it is so I can try to fix it.

 

As Brendan kindly pointed out in comments, MySpace has (finally) added RSS feeds for blogs, so there's no longer any need to use my MySpace feed scraping tool. Hopefully a Google search for myspace RSS will soon start returning MySpace as the top result (or at least on the first page!) rather than me. I'll try to get around to editing the tool soon so it redirects to MySpace's version of the feed, which seems to be pretty much identical.

Update: it turns out my aggregator was still showing me the previous content and MySpace's RSS feeds are a bit more limited than what I've been offering, so I might keep the tool running until they improve their own feeds.

 

In a comment to my post about Myspace RSS feeds, michael asked How bout a rss feed for comments? You can now get an RSS (2.0) feed for Myspace comments on any user profile. Enjoy.

 

earlier today i was doing laundry and watching C-SPAN. i don't have cable at home, so when i go to do laundry at my dad's house, i take the opportunity to watch some cable, and i usually end up watching C-SPAN, which is ironically available online.

on C-SPAN today was eric brende, the author of better off: flipping the switch on technology. he talked about how a lot of "time-saving" technology actually makes us lose time because we have to spend time working to pay for it, and then we have to schedule seperate time for exercising and socializing, both of which we previously did simultaneously with whatever work the technology is now performing for us.

that all made sense to me, so i of course went home and started working on yet another web application to save myself some time. my friend jj has a new weblog on myspace.com, but myspace.com doesn't have RSS feeds. i'd like to know when jj writes something without having to waste a few minutes every day checking this page, so i wrote a script to scrape the page and make an RSS feed. i think that took me a little over an hour, so this may be a good example of where "time-saving" doesn't.

but i made it so it will work on any myspace.com weblog, so hopefully i can save someone else enough time that this was worthwhile. if you want an RSS feed of the weblog of the lead singer of weezer, for example, you can get that here. or you could just read the web page, but if you're not going to use perfectly good RSS, you might as well become amish.