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  • Allows users to subscribe to sites with continually updated content Blog posts Podcast episodes News headlines Etc.
  • Choose a feed reader -- handout with comparison chart Set up an account -- handouts w/ step by step process; time permitting we’ll practice Locate, subscribe to, and organize feeds of interest -- time permitting we’ll practice
  • Bloglines Can change your username at any time Validate setup, new e-mail address or passwords Google Reader Email addy you set up = username Validate setup, new e-mail addy or password
  • Set up an account -- handouts w/ step by step process; time permitting we’ll practice
  • Locate, subscribe to, and organize feeds of interest -- time permitting we’ll practice

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  • 1. Keeping up with the Blogs Anna Van Scoyoc Hopewell Branch, MCLS [email_address]
  • 2. This Evening’s Agenda
    • Defining/Identifying Blogs
    • Looking at Examples of Blogs
      • News
      • Subject
      • Fun
      • MCL-Related
    • Locating Blogs of Interest
  • 3. This Evening’s Agenda (cont’d)
    • Defining RSS
    • Locating/Identifying RSS
    • Getting Started
      • Choose a News/Feed Reader
      • Set up an Account
      • Locate, Subscribe, and Organize Feeds
  • 4. Defining/Identifying Blogs
    • Web + Log = Weblog [Blog for short]
    • Type of website
    • Continually updated with new entries/posts
    • Self-archive their entries/posts
  • 5. Defining/Identifying Blogs (cont’d)
    • Blogs tend to:
      • Be organized in reverse chronological order;
      • Allow comments from readers; and
      • Provide commentary
        • Specific subjects
        • Personal thoughts [e.g., online diary]
        • News-related
  • 6. Blogs Explained (in under 3 minutes) Blogs in Plain English created by Common Craft at http://www.commoncraft.com/
  • 7. Looking at Examples of Blogs
    • News (via NYT)
      • http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/
    • Subject (Food)
      • http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/
    • Fun (Photo)
      • http://www.cuteoverload.com/
  • 8. MCL-Related Blogs
  • 9. Locating Blogs of Interest
    • Google Blog Search
      • http://blogsearch.google.com/
    • Technorati
      • http://technorati.com/blogs/directory/
  • 10. Defining/Identifying RSS
    • RSS =
      • R eally S imply S yndication; or
      • R ich S ite S ummary
    • Allows users to subscribe to sites with continually updated content
  • 11. Defining/Identifying RSS (cont’d) http://www.rssboard.org/rss-icon-collection
  • 12. RSS Explained (in 3 minutes) RSS in Plain English created by Common Craft at http://www.commoncraft.com/
  • 13. MCL-Related Blogs
  • 14. Getting Started
    • Choose a feed reader
    • Set up an account
    • Locate, subscribe to, and organize feeds of interest
  • 15. Choose a News/Feed Reader
    • Desktop
    • Online
      • Bloglines
        • http://www. bloglines .com/
      • Google Reader
        • http://reader. google .com/
    • Note: See http://bit.ly/dwXnN for more criteria re: Desktop vs. Online
  • 16. Set up an Account
    • Step-by-Step Handouts
      • Bloglines
      • Google Reader
    • Demo/Hands-On
  • 17. Locate, Subscribe, Organize
    • Demo w/ MCL Blog
    • Hands-On