August 30, 2004

Sample PubSub Queries

's is powerful and allows you to do searches that are not possible with other services. If you're new to PubSub's service, here are some common queries to get you started:

1. PubSub can deliver updates to a website as if you were subscribed to the website's feed.
The advantage of using this approach is that PubSub will deliver the item as soon as it discovers that the item is new as opposed to the your newsreader polling the RSS/Atom feed every hour.

2. If you want to be able to see the referrers for a blog or a URL, you can use the following:
This ought to yield the same results as you would get from Technorati's service. You can do one better than Technorati by using the following: AND NOT
This query will get you everything that referrers to except for posts on itself.

3. Keeping it OT (On Topic)! If you're only interested in Linux related posts on, you could use the following query: AND (Linux OR Linus OR Torvalds)
4. PubSub can be used to aggregate and filter all at the same time. Let's say you're interested in grouping all posts about cellphones from various sites into a single PubSub feed. The following query would do just that:
cellphone AND ( OR
With this query, you would receive all the updates that mention cellphone from Engadget and Gizmodo. Posted by Dudley at August 30, 2004 04:51 PM

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