Set Up Comment Reply Notifications for This Site [How To]

29 Apr/09

You’re an avid commenter and we love you for it, but you have no way of knowing when someone replies to your comments. Annoying, right? With a little legwork, comment reply notifications can be yours.

When you’re done with this little walkthrough, you can either grab an RSS feed that contains only replies to your comments (which you can then plug into your newsreader) or you can go one step further and set up email alerts for your comment reply notifications.

1. Set Up Yahoo Tubes

The secret sauce? We’re plugging the Lifehacker Comments feed into Yahoo Pipes (which we’ve covered in detail here), then running a filter on the feed to weed out only replies to your comment. I’ve already done most of the work for you, so all you have to do is point your browser to my Comment Replies Pipe (you’ll need a Yahoo account to access it) and edit the pipe for your commenter account. Now just follow along with the picture below.

2. Save a Copy of the Pipe

After you’ve changed the feed URL and the username to match yours, just click the “Save a copy” button followed by the “Run pipe” link (as pictured).

3. Grab the RSS Feed URL

When you clicked “Run pipe” above, you should’ve opened a new window displaying the results of the pipe you just set up (if there have been no recent comment replies for your name, the results may be empty). To grab that feed, just right-click the “Get as RSS” link and copy the link URL. Plug that into your newsreader of choice and you should be set. Any time someone mentions your name in a post, you’ll get a new item in this feed.

Bonus Tip: Email Notification

If you’re not happy settling with the RSS method and would prefer email notification, you just need to go one step further and plug the feed URL Yahoo Pipes generated for you into an RSS to email webapp. The one I’m using is called Feed My Inbox. (It may not be the best RSS to email app—it’s just the first working one I found.) Give it your feed URL and email address and it should ping your email inbox whenever a new reply comes in.

As you can see, this isn’t the best possible solution; ideally you’d be able to flip a switch in your account preferences and call it a day. Until that day comes, this is our workable, cross-platform solution.

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