Learn to Use Blogs and RSS

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  • Use blog-specific search tool to crawl the blogosphere.
  • State of Blogosphere 2008: http://technorati.com/blogging/state-of-the-blogosphere/
  • Use Google’s dictionary command: “define:rss” Mention Webopedia.com
  • Synonyms: feed reader, news aggregator, rss reader, blog reader
  • Typepad ($) www.typepad.com LiveSpaces http://home.services.spaces.live.com
  • http://del.icio.us/cbriansmith/blog_class?
  • Learn to Use Blogs and RSS

    1. 1. Learn to Use Blogs and RSS Brian Smith McCallum Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) eResources Librarian www.ahml.info [email_address] 847.506.2658
    2. 2. 6-Point Outline <ul><li>Definition of blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Sample blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Find blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Definition of RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Newsreaders </li></ul><ul><li>Create a blog </li></ul>
    3. 3. Blog: A Definition <ul><li>Fusion of “web” + “log” (i.e., online diary) </li></ul><ul><li>Type of website </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing platform </li></ul><ul><li>Content = in reverse chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>All entries/”posts” include time and date stamp </li></ul><ul><li>Self-archives all content </li></ul><ul><li>May allow for other users’ comments </li></ul>
    4. 4. Blogs in Plain English
    5. 5. Sample Blogs <ul><li>Perennial Searcher </li></ul><ul><li>http://briansmithmccallum.wordpress.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>AHML Staff Choices </li></ul><ul><li>http://community.ahml.info/staffchoices </li></ul>
    6. 6. Find Blogs <ul><li>Technorati </li></ul><ul><li>www.technorati.com </li></ul><ul><li>Google Blog Search </li></ul><ul><li>http://blogsearch.google.com </li></ul>
    7. 7. Technorati
    8. 8. Google Blog Search
    9. 9. RSS: A Definition <ul><li>Rich Site Summary or </li></ul><ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Standard for “syndicating” web content </li></ul><ul><li>File extension = .rss </li></ul>
    10. 10. RSS in Plain English
    11. 11. Newsreaders <ul><li>Software that “subscribes” to feeds/blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based (recommended) or desktop-based </li></ul><ul><li>FREE! registration (username and password = required) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Google Reader
    13. 13. Google Reader in Plain English
    14. 14. Create a Blog: 3 FREE Tools <ul><li>Blogger.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.blogger.com </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>www.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Tumblr </li></ul><ul><li>www.tumblr.com </li></ul>
    15. 15. Blogger
    16. 16. Next Steps <ul><li>Find blogs of interest with Technorati and Google Blog Search </li></ul><ul><li>“ Subscribe” (for FREE!) to Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own blog with Blogger.com </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about microblogging and Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>“ Follow” AHML on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ahml </li></ul>
    17. 17. Twitter in Plain English
    18. 18. Resources <ul><li>Presentation Slides </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/briansmithmccallum </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation Links </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.delicious.com/briansmccallum/blogclass </li></ul><ul><li>AHML on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/ahml </li></ul>

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