Google Reader in plain english

September 30, 2008

Another brilliant Common Craft video. Enough said.


Enterprise RSS Day of Action is taking place on Thursday April 24, 2008.

The goal is “to help raise awareness for the potential for Enterprise RSS”. A wiki has been set up to help RSS champions in running awareness campaigns inside their own enterprises.

The wiki has a number of resources to help get you started in implementing RSS in your organization including:
Resource Pack
Case Studies and Use Cases
Enterprise RSS FAQ
Enterprise RSS Solutions
Enterprise RSS Vendor Bios
Logo ideas (for the Day of Action)

Blake over at LISNews poses the question: what do your feed reader folders say about you?

I use three RSS readers: Bloglines, Newsgator and Google Reader. (I did mention my RSS addiction awhile ago?)

Here are my Bloglines and Google Reader folders:

depression glass: I collect a lot of it.
crafty: I like to make things.
Facebook: you can only get status updates and notifications, but if you need a daily Facebook fix inside of your firewall, RSS will do it very nicely.
LibraryThing: I like to see what other people read.
delicious/subscriptions: I have an aversion to follow what other people tag on delicious. Tags I follow include: Web 2.0 and RSS (surprise, surprise!).

My Newsgator folders lean towards more serious fare:

Libraries and technology (400+ feeds): I work in a library and dabble in tech-related stuff.
IT journals: the cataloguer in me still likes to keep things separate by ‘format’.
podcasts (50 feeds): I like to preview new podcasts before my weekly synch up with iTunes.

So what do your RSS feed reader folders say about you?

RSS … spreading the love

January 18, 2008

I had the opportunity to write a short article on RSS for the Ontario Association of Library Technicians / Association des bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario.
RSS is one of those Web 2.0 technologies that you fall in love with after you start using it. The biggest benefit? Time. It saves you lots of it.

Want to learn more about RSS? Read more here.

Bloglines Top 1000

November 8, 2007

Looking for some new blogs to explore? Bloglines has a great Top 1000 page. The list is a nice upgrade to their 200 Most Popular Feeds.

The list includes a variety of technology, news, and library blogs. The Shifted Librarian ranked #7 today, beating out the Official Google Blog!

The preview button lets you add a feed to directly to your Bloglines account. Non-Bloglines users can still subscribe to any of the blog feed links on the page by clicking on the RSS icon.

If you really have some time on your hands, you can watch the changes in the Top Movers “gainers” vs “decliners” chart.

I’ve been spending some time making tweaks to this blog, my Tumblr, and experimenting with some new web tools.

I’m now using Feedburner for RSS feeds and for tracking blog stats. The old RSS feed works fine. The new feed gives me more insight on site visits and includes handy widgets for readers to email and bookmark posts. I’ve also added an RSS feed for blog comments.

I’ve been exploring vod:pod as a way to display some of my favourite videos. I love vod:pod because it lets you search for videos from YouTube, Google, Yahoo!, myspace and metacafe. Take a look at the vod:pod widget at the bottom of the page.

I’ve been spending more time on Twitter. Twitter is a microblog that lets you post messages via the Twitter site, Facebook, IM, SMS, Twitterific, or Twitbin. Facebook friends will see my Twitter updates feeding into my profile. To learn more about Twitter, read the “Newbie’s Guide to Twitter”.

My Tumblr blog, mélange tumblelog, got a big overhaul this week. Microblogs often don’t have comments or categories, as they are intended to be an easier and quicker way to blog. Coming from a world that likes to categorize things has made my Tumblr experience frustrating at times. So now I’ve added Google Custom Search and inline blog comments using LineBuzz. (I also joined the Yahoo! Group for Tumblr users and have made contact with other Tumblr bloggers — great to see blog readers from Taipei, Rome, and Slovenia!)

I am also experimenting with SuprGlu, a wiki (coming soon), and the new iTunes widget. (Anyone figured out how to add podcasts to the widget? Drop me a line please.)

Stay tuned!

I had the opportunity to listen to Merdith Farkas and Paul Pival present on RSS for Libraries through the SIRSI/Dynix Institute today. They gave a good overview of RSS and how to use feeds in libraries.

Some key reasons why libraries should care about RSS:

  • patrons can receive content when and how they want
  • content can be updated dynamically
  • can aggregate content from other sites and sources and make it available to our users

How can libraries use RSS?

  • create a blog and allow users to subscribe to updates via the RSS feed
  • aggregate content from multiple sources on your library website
  • add RSS feeds to library podcasts so that users can subscribe to updates
  • in library catalogues (i.e. new acquisitions)
  • create subject guides (try
  • current awareness bulletins including “Table of Content” alerts from journals and online databases
  • collection development (i.e. subscribe to publishers catalogues)

RSS Tools
Can’t display RSS feeds on your website? Feed2JS can be used to repackage RSS feeds to text. Content is updated automatically on your website.
Read my post on how libraries are using RSS feeds from to create subject guides.

The librarian RSS search engine with over 1500 RSS feeds. Search for RSS feeds by category, subject and tags.

The RSS and Javascript Cookbook / Tools
Meredith Farkas’ and Paul Pival’s wiki on RSS and Javascript. Amazing list of RSS resources including links to RSS aggregators, tools for creating feeds and OPML files, tools for adding RSS to webpages, RSS re-mixers, syndicating podcasts, screencasting, social bookmarking sites with RSS feeds, finding journals with RSS feeds, and syndicating feeds in wikis.

Don’t forget to visit the SIRSI/Dynix event archive for a link to the presentation (forthcoming) and subscribe to the podcast.

Update, August 16/07:
The podcast is now available from SIRSI. Listen to it here.