Archive for the ‘rss’ Category

Biting off more than I can chew (Thing #8 & Thing #9)

March 17, 2008

I love RSS and have been using it for many years now. I’ve never been very systematic about how I go about finding sites I want to subscribe to. Usually I just end up coming across some website or blog that I decide looks interesting and click on the RSS icon. I’ve used different tools to subscribe to feeds including Windows Live Mail desktop (your feeds come in to the same application as your email) and iGoogle (a customizable homepage for Google). For the purpose of this exercise, I decided to try out Google Reader, too. Still getting used to the look and feel of it. One thing I like is that I can group blogs together into a folder and I can then view it all from my iGoogle homepage, which saves me from having to open a separate website or application to read my feeds. Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like (click on it to see it in better resolution).

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In addition to the great Blog search engines Mary mentioned, there are also customized search engines. For example, to find blogs related to libraryland, check out LisZen. There are probably lots of other niche blog search engines for other areas of the academy too. And, as I’m sure everyone’s discovered, there’s a blog just about any subject imaginable. I used Bloglines and found a discussion forum on folding bicycles which also has RSS feeds (and I learned about an upcoming charity ride of folding bike enthusiasts right here in LA – who knew?).

The big problem with RSS is keeping the number of feeds down to a manageable number.

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