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Presentation by Euforic Services (Pier Andrea Pirani, Pete Cranston, Vanessa Meadu) at the FAO Social Media Workshop - July 2012

Presentation by Euforic Services (Pier Andrea Pirani, Pete Cranston, Vanessa Meadu) at the FAO Social Media Workshop - July 2012

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  • Keep your user informed – IFRPI like many others provides a set of specific RSS feeds so that users can subscribe and keep up to date with the exact content they are interested i.Content in an RSS feed can also be made available in the format of an email newsletter.
  • ILRI has set up a series of thematic blogs. Through RSS feeds they can aggregate the outputs of the different platform, create a consolidate newsfeed and republish on other websites and portals.
  • The service indexes all the submitted and approved feeds and, therefore, contains up-to-date aggregated list of news and events. You can submit the feeds from your organization by first registering in AgriFeeds
  • First of all, you need a feed!Offer separate feeds for different content types (news, events, publications, vacancies, blog entries...) Offer different feeds for different topics Give high visibility to the RSS icons in your website, tell your partners whenever you make a new feed available, and agree on exchanging feeds with themPublish your RSS across the different webplatforms you are usingSubmit your feeds to popular online aggregators (AgriFeeds; GFIS; NewsforDev)
  • Enable: browser friendly; smart feed; feedflare.Also possible to change feed title and add description
  • Under publicize tab
  • Under Analyze tab you can see how your feeds is used, also possible to export xls file and names of subscribers to email alerts


  • 1. Working with RSS feeds FAO Social Media Workshop
  • 2. Intro /definition A feed is a regularly updated summary (“syndication”) of contents – blog entries, headlines, publications, multimedia – in the form of metadata about the source and the contents. It includes links to the full versions of those contents at their original location. Source:
  • 3. Key functions it supportsPublishing and information sharing Keep your user informed Create email alerts for your latest content Aggregate and syndicate your content Let other services re-publish your content
  • 4. How to use Check if your platform allows you to create feed automatically Consider set up your own simple site using a blogging platform Use third-party applications (Feedcreator) or workaround (Delicious)
  • 5. Using
  • 6. Enter source feed URL
  • 7. Set new feed URL and title
  • 8. Click next and burn
  • 9. Enable stats tracking
  • 10. Your feed dashboard
  • 11. Optimize for best outreach
  • 12. Embed codes, email alerts, etc..
  • 13. M&E
  • 14. Hands on exercise RSS feed creation – From your blog, delicious account, external website etc.. – Publish through FeedBurner
  • 15. Credits KSToolkit - CIARD Pathways - iMark – Web 2.0 and Social Media for Development