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Show YouTube Activity Feed Using Yahoo! Pipe

Show YouTube Activity Feed Using Yahoo! Pipe

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Bloggers who also run a YouTube channel might find today’s featured gadget tutorial very useful, especially if their blog articles and their uploaded videos complement each other, like how news sites would accompany their articles with embedded videos.

The Yahoo! Pipe-built Blogger gadget is created by a programmer that goes under the username MS-potilas, and what it does is it publishes/displays a YouTube channel’s activity feed page as an RSS feed.

You can check out MS-potilas’ gadget in action over at his demo blog HERE.

To use his gadget, simply follow the steps below:

  1. On your dashboard, go to ‘Layout’
  2. Click on ‘Add a Gadget’, choose HTML/JavaScript
  3. Give your gadget a title and then copy/paste the code below on the ‘Content’ field:
<script src="http://l.yimg.com/a/i/us/pps/listbadge_1.6.js">{"pipe_id":"58c841d14337ba4fbf693abd9701dc49","_btype":"list","pipe_params":{"disallow":"","allow":"","user":"mspotilas","max-results":"5"},"height":"100%","hideHeader":true}</script>

And just replace the user parameter value from “mspotilas” to any YouTube username you want (it doesn’t have to be yours). You can, of course, customize the look of your new gadget feed by adding a little bit of CSS into the code as what potilas did his. Here’s a snippet of it:

<style type="text/css">
li.ybi {background-color: #101010 !important; }
li.ybi.odd {background-color: #202020 !important; }
.pipesTitle {font-size: 11px !important; }
.pipesDescription {font-size: 10px !important; }
.pipesThumbnail {float: right !important; margin-right: -2px !important; margin-left: 4px !important;}
.pipesThumbnail img { width: 69px !important; height: 52px !important; border: 1px solid #888 !important;}
.pipesText {margin-left: 6px !important;}
.pipesHolder {margin: -3px 0 -3px 0 !important;}
div.ybf { display: none !important; }

As an alternative, you can also use YouTube’s own RSS feed. However, unlike Potilas’ Yahoo! Pipe gadget, it only includes uploads — no likes, favorites, comments, etc. But if you still want to try it out, the link to YouTube user’s RSS feed of upload is:


Again, just remember to replace “youtubeusername” with your own username or whoever else’s you want. That’s it!

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