We understand that not everyone loves our A Year Ago posts, but a good chunk (an 80 percent chunk) click on the links in these posts and explore the older content. Instead of continuing to annoy our readers who dislike the posts, though, I decided to create a custom Unclutterer feed using Yahoo! Pipes that doesn’t include the A Year Ago posts.
So, if you hate the A Year Ago posts in your RSS reader, subscribe to this new feed instead.
Here’s how we did it, and how you can use Yahoo! Pipes to filter unwanted content from other sites:
Start by going to Yahoo! Pipes and click on the “Create a pipe” link at the top of the page.
You’ll be taken to a login page where you can enter your Yahoo! username and password or create an account if you don’t already have one. Once you’re logged in, you’ll see a grid with links on the left side of the screen and a pop-up window that says “Welcome to the pipes editor” in the middle of the page.
At this point, you can either select “Build your first pipe” to watch an instructional video, or select the X in the red box to close the window.
Your next step is to click on the plus sign adjacent to “Fetch Feed” under the Sources headline:
In the pop-up window that appears, type http://feeds.feedburner.com/unclutterer (or whatever RSS feed you wish to filter). Be sure not to hit enter after you type the link:
Return to the left side bar and click the arrow next to the word “Operators” so that a drop down menu appears. Then, click on the plus sign next to the word “Filter”:
In the pop-up box that appears, choose the action that you want to take place. In the case of A Year Ago posts, I selected “Block” “any” “item.category” and “is” and then entered A Year Ago in the content box (or whatever information you wish to sort on for the feed you’re working with):
Next, connect the boxes. To do this, select the bottom dot on the Feed box and link it to the top dot on the Filter box. Then, select the bottom dot on the Filter box and link it to the top dot on the Pipe Output box.
Press “Save” at the top of the screen to see your filtered link.
As a reminder, we already created a feed for you so that you don’t have to go through this process if you want an A Year Ago-free Unclutterer RSS feed. Just subscribe to this.