Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thing 8-RSS

Wow - who knew what RSS was - not me! How interesting and what a time saver this could be for those that search blogs frequently. I set up an account with "Google Reader" and added some interesting blogs. Then never heard anything - I figured I had done something wrong because I was not getting daily email updates to the blogs I had chosen. I thought they would come through my email. I went in tonight to re-do, and there were my lists of the blogs I was interested in. I had set my account up properly, but just wasn't accessing it properly - you actually go the the site and see the list of blogs you're interested in. Which in hindsight is probably much better because if I was getting an email notice every time a blog was updated, I would be doing alot of blogging and reading and not much else.

An interesting blog I liked was one for a word a day - dictionary.com word of the day.

4 comments:

Aquarius said...

Congratulations, Eileen. I had to skip this activity as I wasn't sure what to do. I ended up doing the Google Docs first. Mary and I had a discussion about what I could do for the RSS activity and she offered some suggestions. As you will find out in my blog Aquarius, I managed to post something about the topic.

McMillan said...

I absolutely LOVE using RSS. I find it to be one of the best tools for keeping up to date with developments and advice for the library profession...not to mention many other subjects. What you will probably soon discover is that RSS feeds are available for loads of web content, not only blogs, and can be a wonderful way to keep track. I agree with you that receiving notification by email would be way too distracting. I prefer to check my feeds 1-2 times a week.

McMillan said...

You might consider adding your fellow participant's blogs to your RSS reader. That way you will be notified when someone adds a new post without having to routinely click on everybody's blogs. However, I am not sure if you receive notice when new comments are added...something for me to learn.

mwong said...

Mary, I've noticed that some blogs now offer two RSS feeds - one for the blog and one for the comments. Kind of a cool idea, hunh?