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How to Connect Any Site and RSS Feed to Google Buzz


It's easy to post to Google Buzz from Gmail — or any email account, for that matter. Why duplicate the effort, though, when you already post to your blog or share updates on another social network?

If you're lucky, Google Buzz already recognizes the site, and connecting it is a snap. Google Buzz can be made to pick up any site's postings automatically, though, and add them to your stream. Adding custom sites and feeds could be easier, but it works.

Connect Any Site and RSS Feed to Google Buzz

To add any site's feed to Google Buzz and have updates appear automatically as new posts:

  • Link from the desired web site to your Google profile using "rel=me".
    • If your Gmail user name is "example", for instance, and your Google profile at "http://www.google.com/profiles/example", edit the site you want to feed to Google Buzz and add
      <link rel="me" type="text/html" href="http://www.google.com/profiles/example" />
      to the HTML header or
      <a rel="me" href="http://www.google.com/profiles/example">My Google profile</a>
      to the page itself.
  • Use the Google Social Graph recrawl tool to make sure Google knows about the relationship.
  • Enter the URL of the site you want to add under Add custom links to my profile for URL under Links on your Google profile editing page.
  • Optionally, type a site name under Link name.
  • Click Add.
  • Click Save changes.
  • Open Buzz in Gmail.
  • Click connected sites after your name above the posting form.
  • Now click Add for the desired site under Connect more sites.
  • Optionally, select Edit for the newly added site and change the privacy of automatically added posts followed by clicking Done.
  • Click Save.

You can also, in return, add your public Google Buzz postings to these other sites or subscribe to them in any RSS news feed reader.

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