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Finding the right information can take forever. Fortunately, Yahoo has a great tool called Yahoo Pipes. In it’s simplest form, it allows you to combine various sources of information, run them through a filter, and send the results to any RSS reader, email, or even your mobile phone. Using these pipes, I have reduced the amount of time I spent gathering information from hours to minutes. Here are three tutorials on how you can do the same.

Tutorial 1: The Simple Pipe – will combine 3 blog feeds, filter the content of their posts, and send the results in an email.

Tutorial 2: PostRank.com – is a website that ranks blog posts based on their activity. Here we will use PostRank to gather popular blog posts, filter them based on their content, sort them by rank, and deliver the results in a easy to read format.

Tutorial 3: Twitter Search – uses search.twitter.com to create a feed for tweets based on a set of search criteria. We will then use Yahoo Pipes to deliver the results to your medium of choice in an easy to read format.

These are some pretty basic ways to modify RSS feeds into showing the information you really want. If you’re interested in taking it even further, Dawn Foster at Fast Wonder is an expert in the matter. Check out her talk at SXSW on Hacking RSS feeds.

Also, checkout this Google Alerts Tutorial to see how it can deliver the latest news, and let you know when a new member of your target audience signs up on Twitter.

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  • ~ Ann Brown, Owner at Happy Being You

    AnnBrown Testimonail Pic"Schuyler, I love the way you skillfully take us (as listeners)  through a mini fact-finding journey via many different aspects of our personal history, asking questions that I never would have considered to be relevant. Leaving lots of long pauses, so giving us plenty of time to think, you showed us how these different elements enable us to craft a really compelling story, that we can powerfully stand in to bring our message out to the world (and attract our best clients !). One little nugget I came away with from your learning series - I want to be remembered as the ‘Sensitive Woman’s Authenticity Coach’! You bring such clarity to the free learning series, I can’t wait to join the full live course!"

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