Tuesday, November 08, 2005

RSS is cool...

So last week I was talking to a bunch of folks and the question of RSS came up. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a simple idea with a lot of applications. For keeping up with blogs, RSS is the bee's knees. Sri Kalluri has written a handy introduction to the use of Google or Yahoo's RSS aggregators to keep up with yours truly's blog. If you have interesting RSS feeds to suggest, put them here as comments.

12 comments:

Adrian,  November 8, 2005 at 4:27 PM  

To track the recent changes to the wiki, try adding this feed to your favorite aggregator:

link

Adrian,  November 8, 2005 at 4:29 PM  

Thompsons has a site exploring the emerging practice in RSS, podcasting, and blogging on Higher Ed websites.

To follow the latest news, add
http://syndicateblog.petersons.com/wordpress/index.php/feed/

to your favorite aggregator.

marty,  November 9, 2005 at 4:27 AM  

I use BlogBridge which is an aggregator that you download to your computer. That isn't as nice as having the aggregator on a web site but BlogBridge organizes things so nicely that I prefer it to Yahoo or Google. The thing about feeds (a list of articles from a website like a blog) is that some websites support them and some don't. What I do is copy the web address and the try to subscribe to it in BlogBridge, which will determine if it has a feed or not. Finding out whether a site has a feed or not tells you how up-to-date that site is. Sounds like something ASU could use.

Marty

marty,  November 10, 2005 at 2:08 AM  

I just tried Buffulo State's web site and they do have a feed which I've subscribed to. Can't do that at the ASU website.

Marty

Nancy November 10, 2005 at 4:11 AM  

If you are a raving addict of the ASU TechPlan wiki like me, you can keep track of running changes on your desktop. Just plug this URL:link into your RSS aggegrator.

I'm really liking the Google "personalized home page" for this, per Sri's instructions. One of the nice things about it is the fluid way you can move back and forth from "Personalized Home" to "Classic Home" (tho "classic" isn't the best word). I know there's been talk about how best to present authenticated vs. non-authenticated ASU Web space (i.e., [Portal + other Web-enabled apps] vs. [everything else]). I think that putting the link for either in exactly the same place on the page, so that it's a toggle, works very nicely in Google. Just while we're on the topic...

Nancy

btrussell November 14, 2005 at 4:54 AM  

Firefox has a feature whereby any page that includes an special link tag in the page header (as does this site and this page for example, automatically via Wordpress; many - if not most - content management systems now include this special link tag line in a site’s header source code, to enable this feature) can be added as a "Live Bookmark". Live bookmarks list the contents of the RSS fee in a dropdown menu, and are updated periodically. I use them in conjunction with my Bookmarks toolbar folder to create a toolbar with folders organized by category (ASU – including this site :-), O’Reilly, Security, Programming, etc). At home I must have 70 or 80 sites (or subsections, content areas within sites, such as del.icio.us and Yahoo! News) in my live bookmarks section. They load after Firefox starts so they don't slow down startup of the browser (though I'd imagine that dial-up users will wish to refrain from using them, at least to the degree that I do).

When using Firefox, there is an orange icon in the right side of the status bar that looks like a radio wave transmission (or something similar). Clicking on this icon when present on a site or a page will bring up an ‘add bookmark’ dialog (after choosing which available RSS subscription to choose). Note that the location to save this bookmark to will then contain a folder, with articles, etc from the site or page’s RSS (or Atom) feed.

Another web browser, Opera, also has a built-in RSS reader and the ability to detect and use the RSS link tags in a site’s header source.

Ron November 14, 2005 at 4:56 AM  

ASU News:
http://www.asu.edu/news/asunews.rss

ASU Events:
http://www.asu.edu/asuwebrw/
entrance/rss/asuevents.rss

marty,  November 15, 2005 at 2:54 AM  

Here is a good Web 2.0 feed:

http://www.readwriteweb.com/

The latest article talks about Yellowikis, which is a wiki yellow pages. The author is writing about disruptive web 2.0 businesses.

marty,  November 15, 2005 at 3:35 AM  

I set up a personalized home page in Google but it isn't nearly as nice as BlogBridge when it comes to organizing web content. Everything is on one screen in BlogBridge as columns. The leftmost column is a list of Guides or groups of related Feeds. The next column are the Feeds that belong to the selected Guide. The rightmost column is the list of articles in the selected Guide/Feed.

Also a comment about the Yellowiki and of the disruptive nature of web 2.0 (I know techies don't like the term web 2.0 so that's why I use it :)) The Yellowiki is a yellow pages that is collaborative like Wikipedia and thus is vastly cheaper to produce than regular yellow pages. The collaborative nature of web 2.0 is inherently disruptive and what industries will be affected is yet to be seen. But if I were a betting man I would bet that higher education will be dramatically affected.

Marty

marty,  November 15, 2005 at 4:49 AM  

Ron,

Is there a way the asunews.rss can be linked to ASU's main web page? I was able to subscribe to Buffalo State's events feed by using their main web address. That brings up the question of sites that have more than one feed (e.g. news and events.) There has to be a way to make it easy to subscribe to different feeds. I could see each college maintaining a separate feed.

Marty

btrussell November 15, 2005 at 4:58 AM  

Update: Based on a response I received to my comment above concerning using RSS Live Bookmarks with Firefox, I’ve added a wiki page to my section of the TechPlan Wiki that further explains how to add Live Bookmarks, and also includes example source code that enables the functionality for Firefox as well as for other supporting browsers and applications within web pages.

Please see Live Bookmarks for more information on adding a Live Bookmark in Firefox, as well as a source code example of the link tags (taken from this page's Wordpress-generated code).

kkkkoaaa,  May 26, 2006 at 4:17 PM  

Keep a good job up!