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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Will Richardson - RSS - the killer app for teachers

The read only web is 12 years old – read/write is 3 years old
www.technorati.com – the place to search what’s on blogs

The web is all about connections – rss – real simple syndication
This technology makes information much more accessible. Instead of you having to go and find the information, it brings the content to you

Feeds and aggregators
Feeds only bring you new content – the aggregator collects the feeds
Rss gives us more content and more control – will this take over email? Possibly – there is no spam with rss – you only subscribe to what you want to read, watch or hear.
Look for the xml button or type in a search engine ‘website + rss’
This will take you to an xml page, and then copy the link location. This means you have found the feed from the site.

With the feed found, you then need an aggregator – www.bloglines.com
Click the ‘sign up now its free’ button in the middle of the screen.
Limit the number of things you subscribe to! You can get overwhelmed – initially, it is a good idea to not go above subscribing to 25 feeds.
One thing you notice with this new technology is that conversations become very disparate – not the linear method of conversation that we have been used to. For example, the blog author can make a post. Someone may post a comment on that blog, and a conversation begins. Someone else may however ‘quote’ the blog in their own blog, and a second conversation thread emerges. Without an aggregator, it would be impossible to track these conversations, let alone follow them.
You can also create a search feed! For example, go to a news search engine – search for what you want – click the rss and you are subscribing to only what people are writing about – even if they haven’t written it already (wow! Think about it…)
In technorati, you can subscribe to what people have had to say – add to watchlist – at the bottom then click the rss feed link. By doing this, you can follow what other people are saying about you and your posts!

Social Bookmarking
(I'm afraid I've just left this as notes - sorry! I will come back to social bookmarking soon though, honest!)
Highlighting the information on the blog before clicking the delicious tag will use the highlighted text as the ‘notes’
Furl.net saves a picture of the page as well as the text
Students can subscribe to a folder that you categorise – then they automatically get told in their aggregator about things that you find specifically for them!
Usng Flickr.com I can subscribe to someone’s photos – and start a discussion with them if I want? I can subscribe to keywords as well.
‘Netvibes’ and ‘pageflakes’ are aggregators that create a homepage just out of rss feeds


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