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Linking LiveJournal with Google Buzz

Once upon a time, lots of my friends used LiveJournal to share with one-another. We were just out of college and needed, I think, to maintain that constant social connection living in tight quarters in a tiny burg provided. Technology has grown since then, what with the Twitter and the Facebook, but we've never gotten back to that level of sharing. Maybe that's for the best, and maybe we just grew out of having a need for it, but I miss knowing what's going on in my friends' lives, even those I see sort of frequently.

Anyway, I'm not calling for a return to the halcyon days of 2002 or anything, but it would be good to hear from people more often. Google Buzz is the new thing, so here's how you can link your LiveJournal to Buzz. Once accomplished, LJ posts will show up in Buzz within a second or two. In the works is a mechanism that will sync comments between the two services, which would be gangbusters.

(The process is not the simplest, but if you've figured out how to use LJ, you can do this.)

1. Make a public post on your LJ. It doesn't matter what you write, but it needs to contain a very important link to some other site you own. I'll use a my Google Profile as an example.

In the post, you need to include a link that looks like this:
<a href="www.google.com/profiles/username" rel="me">Google Profile</a>

It's important you include the rel="me" part. That's how you tell Google that you're claiming the profile is yours. Just copy and paste what I put above and change "username" to match your Google Profile (it might be a long string of digits--you can get the link by clicking View My Profile as in step 2).

So, make a post, maybe just called Test (you can delete it later), and put in that link.

2. Go to Google Profiles, click "View My Profile", and click "Edit Profile" at the top of the page. A bit down the page, under "Links", add a link to your LiveJournal page (http://username.livejournal.com/). When you click "Add" it should move over to the right column, and if you click "Edit" next to it you should see "This is a profile page about me" checked.

(What you've just done is made a reciprocal link between LJ and your Google Account, demonstrating that you own both pages.)

3. Go to this page and log in: https://sgapi-recrawl.appspot.com/. You'll see a list of pages Google thinks you own. If there's not a checkmark next to the LJ entry, click Recrawl. (When I did it I got an error, but when I went back the check appeared.)

(You could actually skip step 3, but you'd have to wait a week or two for Google to crawl your LiveJournal.)

4. In Gmail, click on Buzz. At the top should be your name, and then "n Connected Sites". Click there, and you'll get a list of the sites feeding into your Buzz. You should be able to add LJ now and click Save.

Now, public posts in LJ should flow to Buzz.

Alternatively, you can just make posts directly in Buzz, or hook up another, non-LJ blog, like Vox. For Vox, Instead of making a test post as in step 1, you can go to http://www.vox.com/account/contact and add a link to your Google Profile as an account of type "other" under Your Accounts Elsewhere. Remember to make it visible to "the world (Public)". Blogger blogs I think are already hooked into Buzz, since Google knows you own them already.
Just a quick note about daveatom, and LiveJournal's syndicated feeds in general. I've started breaking up links into their own posts instead of the aggregated daily digests. The post volume ends up being too much for LJ IMO. I recommend checking out Google Reader. It's a much more civilized way to read feeds than using LJ's syndicated accounts, if you find yourself reading a bunch of blogs, anyway.

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