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Hack 61. Explore Your Social Networks

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Youcankeepapersonalpublicjournalthatwillkeepyour

friendsup-to-datewithyourrecentthoughtsandactivities.



Friendslist

AssemblealistofyourcontactsthatareonYahoo!360and

stayintouchwiththem.



Yahoo!Network

YoucanintegrateYahoo!Networkdataintoyourpersonal

profile,includingYahoo!Photosyou'veuploaded,Yahoo!

Groupsyoubelongto,andyourYahoo!Localreviews.

WhetheryouarriveatYahoo!360byinvitationorbysigningup

athttp://360.yahoo.com,youshouldtakeafewstepsbefore

youstartconnectingwithotherstogetthemostoutofyour

Yahoo!360space.



3.12.1.CreateaProfile

YourYahoo!360profileisyourpublicfacetoothers.Aspeople

runintoyourweblogorseeyourcommentsonotherweblogs,

they'llbeabletoviewyourprofiletolearnmoreaboutyou.

WhenyoulogintoYahoo!360,you'llfindyourprofilepagefull

ofemptyyellowboxes,asshowninFigure3-24.

Thispageisablankcanvasthatyoucanbegintofillinwith

detailsaboutyourself.AgoodplacetostartistheEditBasic

Infolinkontheleftsideofthepage.Fromthere,youcanenter

yournameandanickname,anddecidehowyouwantyour

identitydisplayedtoothers.



Youcanincludeotherbitsofinformation,suchasyourcurrent

location,age,birthday,andprimaryemailaddress.Most

settingsallowyoutospecifyaprivacysetting,asshownin

Figure3-25,andyou'llfindsimilarsettingsthroughoutYahoo!

360.

ThedefaultvalueforinformationenteredintoYahoo!360is

"justme"(private),andyoumightwanttoleavethisvalue

aloneuntilyou'refinishedwithyourYahoo!360spaceand

readytoconnectwithothers.YoucanalwaysclicktheEdit

BasicInfolinklatertochangeyourbasicinfoprivacysettings.

Onceyourbasicinfoisset,clickSavetoreturntoyourprofile

page.BecausephotosareusedextensivelythroughoutYahoo!

360,agoodnextstepisuploadingapersonalphoto.The

personalphotospaceisfairlylarge,soifyou'dliketoincludean

imagewithoutanydistortion,createapersonalphotothat's190

pixelswideby245pixelshigh.Thephotowillneedtobeinthe

standardJPEGformat.Youcanuploaduptofourdifferent

photos,andpeoplereadingyourprofilewillbeabletoclickon

thumbnailstoseethematthe190x245size.



Figure3-24.AblankYahoo!360profile



Figure3-25.Choosingaprivacysettingfora

pieceofinformation



Withyourpersonalphotosinplace,clicktheCreateProfilelink

atthebottomofyourprofilepage.Thisiswhereyour

autobiographybegins,andyoucantellpeopleaslittleoras

muchaboutyourselfasyou'dlike.Yahoo!360providesaspace

fordescribingyourself,formsforlistingplacesyou'velived,

worked,orgonetoschool,aspacetolistyourhomepage,a

waytolistlanguagesyouspeak,andaspotforyourfavorite

quote.ClickSavewhenyou'refinished,andyoushouldstartto

seeyourprofilepagetakingshape.

ClickShareListstoaddlistsofthingsyou'reinterestedin.

TheselistshelpyouconnectwithotherYahoo!360membersby

interest.Youcanlistgeneralinterests,favoritebooks,movies,

music,andtelevisionshows.

Finally,clickEditContactSettingsontheleftsideofyourprofile

pageanddecidehowyou'dliketoreceivemessagesfromother

Yahoo!360members.Youcanallowanyonetocontactyou,just

peopleyou'vedesignatedasfriends,orfriendsoffriendswithin

yournetwork.YoucanalsoadjustthesettingsforYahoo!360

friendinvitationsandYahoo!Messengersettings.Nowthatyou

haveahomebasesetandyou'vedecidedhowyou'dliketobe

contacted,youcanstartconnectingwithothers.



3.12.2.StartBlogging

Ablog(shortforweblog),isapublicjournalthatcanbeaway

toshareopinions,aplacetodescriberecentactivities,orsimply

aspacetochronicleinterestingthingsyoufindontheWeb.To

setupyourblog,gotoyourprofilepageandclickthe"Starta

Blog"linkandgiveyournewweblogatitleanddescription.You

canalsochoosetoactivateaSimpleURLforyourblog.The

defaultURLsforYahoo!360weblogsaren'teasytopass

around.Here'swhatastandardYahoo!360blogURLlookslike:





http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-W.nEFiYoc6l2SMTF4MyXa0E-



ButyoucanenableaSimpleURLthatcontainsyourYahoo!ID

andismuchmoremanageable,somethinglikethis:





http://blog.360.yahoo.com/yhoohacks



Yahoo!360usesthefirst,morecomplexURLasthedefault,so

thatyourYahoo!IDisn'timmediatelyavailabletoothers.Ifyou

don'tmindsharingyourYahoo!IDwithothers,though,youcan

haveamuchsimplerURLtosharewithfriendsandfamily.

Next,choosewhocanseeyourblog:anyone(public),friendsin

yournetwork,orjustyou(completelyprivate).Ifyouchoose

thepublicoption,youcanalsopublishasitefeed.Withasite

feed,otherscansubscribetoyourweblogthroughMyYahoo!or

otherRSSnewsreaders.Finally,choosewhocancommenton

yourpostsandclicktheBeginBlogbutton.

You'llfindyourselfatyourweblog,withoutanyposts.Clickthe

ComposeNewEntrylinkonthelefttowriteyourfirstmessage

totheworld.Justaswithemail,eachposthasatitleanda

body(entrycontent).Inmostbrowsersyoucanformatthetext

ofyourpostwiththecontrolsjustabovetheEntryContent

area.Figure3-26showssomeoftheformattingoptions

available,includingbold,italics,links,smileys,andlists.



Figure3-26.PostingtoaYahoo!360blog



Ifyou'refamiliarwithHTML,youcanskiptheformatting

buttonsandwritetheHTMLyourselfbyselectingtheViewHTML

Sourceoption.BeawarethatyourHTMLoptionsarelimited;

you'llneedtobrushuponwhat'sallowedatYahoo!360by

clickingthe"Learnmore"linkundertheEntryContentarea.

Ifyouincludeaphotowithyourpost,thephotowillappearat

thetopofthepostwhenit'spublished.Thephotowillbescaled

to284pixelswideonceit'suploadedtoYahoo!360.Thephoto

willappeardirectlyunderthetitleandabovethemainbodyof

thepostoncethepostispublished.



Onceyou'rehappywithyourentry,clickPostThisEntryto

makethepostavailableonyourblog.Whocanreadyourwords

willdependonyourprivacysettings.Anoccasionalblogentryis

anunobtrusivewaytokeepfriends,coworkers,andfamilyupto

speedonwhat'shappeninginyourlife.Plus,yourfriendsand

familycanaddtheirowncommentstoyourposts,whichkeeps

apublicdialoguegoing.

AnotheroptionavailableonyourYahoo!360blogisatoolfor

buildingablogroll.Ablogrollissimplyalistoflinkstoother

blogsandsitesyouenjoy.Toaddsitestoyourblogroll,clickthe

MyBloglinkatthetopofanyYahoo!360pageandclickthe

EditBlogrolllink.Fromthere,youcanaddsitesbytypingina

site'snameandURL.Ifyou'removingfromanotherweblog

serviceandalreadyhaveablogroll,youmightwantto

automatethisprocess[Hack#62].



3.12.3.ConnectwithFriends

ThestrengthofYahoo!360liesinyourconnectionswithother

members.Asyouaddpeopletoyourfriendslist,you'llseetheir

recentactivityandthey'llseeyours.Figure3-27showsa

Yahoo!360homepagelistingthelatestinformationfrom

friends.



Figure3-27.AYahoo!360homepagewith

friends'currentactivity



Thereareafewdifferentwaystobuildyourownfriendslist.

YoucanclicktheHomelinkatthetopofanyYahoo!360page

andthenclickthe"InviteaFriend"linkfromtheleftsideofthe

homepage.Fromthere,youcansendaninvitationemailand

personalmessagetosomeoneyouknow.Ifsheacceptsyour

invitation,joinsYahoo!360,buildsaprofile,andstartsposting

toaweblog,she'llbelistedasacontact,andyou'llseeher

latestactivityonyourhomepage.

Anotherwaytospotfriendsisbybrowsingyourexistingfriends'

lists.Ifwe'reallconnectedbysixdegrees,youshouldn'thave

tosurfotherfriends'listslongbeforeyoufindpeopleyouknow.

YoucanalsoclicktheSearchlinkatthetopofanyYahoo!360

pagetosearchforpeopleyouknow,oryoucanenterspecific

criteriasuchaslocation,age,orschoolsattendedtofindpeople

youdon'tknow(yet).



YoucanalsoclickMyPageatthetopofanyYahoo!360pageto

gettoyourprofile.Ifyou'veassembledlistsofbooks,music,

andmoviesyouenjoy,youcanclickthosetitlestoseeother

Yahoo!360memberswhosharethatinterest.Forexample,if

you'velistedKraftwerkasamusicalfavorite,simplyclickthe

KraftwerklinktoseeotherswholiketheGermanelectronic

group.Ifyouseesomeoneyou'dliketoaddtoyourfriendslist,

clicktheInvitelinknexttohisname.Ifheacceptsyour

invitation,he'llbeaddedtoyourfriendslist,andyou'llseehis

latestactivityonyourhomepage.

Inadditiontoweblogpostsandcomments,youcan

communicateprivatelywithotherYahoo!360membersthrough

yourMailbox.Asyou'dexpect,youcanreachyourYahoo!360

MailboxbyclickingtheMailboxlinkatthetopofanyYahoo!360

page.Wheneveryouseesomeoneyou'dliketotalkwith,click

theSendMessagelinknexttohername.Themessagesare

similartoemail,butyouremailaddressisn'texposedinthe

process.Thisway,youcancontactpeoplewithaslittleoras

muchanonymityasyou'dlike.







Hack62.ImportanExistingBlogrolltoYahoo!

360



MovingyourblogtoYahoo!360andalreadyhavea

blogroll?AutomateaddingblogrolllinkswithOPMLand

Perl.

Aprominentfeatureofmostweblogsisalistoflinkstoother

weblogsrunningdownthesideofthepage.Thislistiscalleda

blogroll,andthey'resopopularthataservicecalledBlogrolling

(http://www.blogrolling.com)istheretohelppeoplemaintain

largelistsoflinksandeasilyincludethemontheirownweblog.

Yahoo!360[Hack#61]alsofeaturesablogrollandablogroll

manager(http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog/blogroll.html).To

addalinktoyourblogroll,addthesitenameandURLintothe

form.Ifyou'dliketoaddmorelinks,clicktheAddAnother

buttonatthetopofthepagetorevealmorefields.Addinga

handfuloflinksthiswayisfine,butifyoualreadyhavealistof

10ormoresitesyou'dliketoinclude,thiscangettedious

quickly.Luckily,there'sastandardwayofexchanginglinksthat

canmakethejobfaster.

Asmoreandmoreservicesoffertheabilitytocreateblogrolls

orlistsoflinks,thewaytoexchangetheselistsisanXML

formatcalledOutlineProcessorMarkupLanguage(OPML).

OPMLcanbeusedtosyndicatelistsofjustaboutanything.

SitessuchasBlogrollingandthenewsreaderBloglines

(http://www.bloglines.com)useOPMLtoimportandexport

longlistsofwebsites.Forexample,atBloglines,youcan

subscribetoyourfavoritewebsitestoreadtheirposts.Using

Bloglinesonaregularbasis,youcanaccumulatealistof

hundredsofsites.Ifyou'dliketousethissamelistof



accumulatedsiteswithanotherservice,youcanuseBloglines's

exportfunctiontogetanOPMLlistofthesitenamesandURLs.

EachindividualentryinanOPMLfileexportedfromBloglines

lookslikethis:








type="rss"xmlUrl="http://radar.oreilly.com/index.rdf"/



Asyoucansee,theOPMLfilecontainsthetitleandURLofthe

site,andthelocationofthesite'sRSSfeed.Havingyourlistof

favoritesitesinthisstructuredwaycanhelpyouautomate

addingthesitestoyourYahoo!360blogroll.Figure3-28shows

aYahoo!360blogrollthat'sbeenimportedwiththecodeinthis

hack.

InsteadoftypingineachentrybyhandintotheYahoo!360

form,youcanletPerldotheheavyliftingforyou.



3.13.1.TheCode

Thiscodereliesonanonstandardcomponentcalled

WWW::Mechanizetohandletheautomation.Amongotherthings,

WWW::Mechanizecanlogintowebsitesandfilloutformsperfectfor

addingabatchofentriestotheYahoo!360blogrolleditor.You'll

alsoneedtoinstalltheYahoo!-specificcomponent

WWW::Yahoo::Login,whichworkswithWWW::Mechanizetologintoyour

Yahoo!account.

Oncethecomponentsareinstalled,savethefollowingcodetoa

filecalledimport_blogroll_360.plandbesuretoaddyour

Yahoo!IDandpasswordtothescript.Also,takealookatyour

currentblogrollform(availableat

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog/blogroll.html)andcountthe



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