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Blogs, Wikis, RSS

  1. 1. Blogs, Wikis, & RSS Jennifer DeJonghe
  2. 2. Blogs <ul><li>The term “blog” is short for Weblog – coined in 1997 to describe frequently updated web sites with dated, chronologically ordered entries. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs often consist of links and personal commentary, posted by the “blogger.” </li></ul><ul><li>Early blogs were done by people who knew HTML. Now they are easily created by anyone using blogging software. Some people are microblogging (twitter, Facebook) or blogging via their mobile phone </li></ul>
  3. 3. Stats <ul><li>30% of Americans were reading blogs by 2005. (Hostway) </li></ul><ul><li>. 52% of those surveyed believe that bloggers should have the same rights as journalists (Hostway, 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Many prominent companies officially support the blogging rights of their employees. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2008, Technorati claimed to be tracking 112.8 million blogs. </li></ul><ul><li>Since 2006, traditional blogging has dropped among teens and young adults while simultaneously rising among older adults. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Anatomy of a blog entry <ul><li>Title or headline </li></ul><ul><li>Body of the post </li></ul><ul><li>Time & date stamp </li></ul><ul><li>Permalink or permanent link (sometimes is the same as date) </li></ul><ul><li>Comments posted by others </li></ul><ul><li>Trackback - links to other blog posts that mention the entry </li></ul><ul><li>Categories or tags that describe the post </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>example blog – Professor of risk management at GSU </li></ul>
  5. 5. News or Gossip or ….? <ul><li>Bloggers are now given press passes at political conventions. </li></ul><ul><li>Bloggers offer a short “sound bite” version of the news. </li></ul><ul><li>Bloggers are often unabashedly biased. </li></ul><ul><li>Some consider blogging the solution to corporate owned, conventional news sources, while others see blogging as the downfall of media. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How to search for blogs <ul><li>Searching content of the “blogosphere” or within blogs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog directories: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many of these search tools have a search box, or you can search by the tags. (folksonomy) </li></ul>
  7. 7. So you want to blog (and we know you do) <ul><li>You will need to chose between hosted or installed </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Livejournal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Typepad </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Installed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Movable Type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Wiki <ul><li>A wiki is a type of website that is designed to be easily modified by others, and encourages collaborative writing. Wikis were developed in 1995. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Wiki” is Hawaiian for “quick,” and also a backronym for “what I know is.” </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis may be open to anyone, or only those with passwords. Entries are created in a simple “wikitext” – html is blocked. </li></ul><ul><li> (student, faculty, & staff collaboration at Auburn University. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Wiki weaknesses <ul><li>Since anyone can add to a wiki, problems can arise, like vandalism, arguments over content, incorrect information. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia controversies </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Wiki Strengths <ul><li>Collaborative, easy, and fast to update </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia can be a fantastic source and one stop shop for obscure trivia, pop culture, and very new phenomena. </li></ul>
  11. 11. So you want to wiki <ul><li>Again, you will need to choose between hosted or installed </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted (called wiki farms) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PeanutButter Wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Installed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Media Wiki </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. RSS – for keeping track of blogs & news <ul><li>RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>You can subscribe to “feeds” from many news sites, blogs, or wikis. </li></ul><ul><li>You can monitor these feeds in RSS readers or aggregators. </li></ul><ul><li>This way, you can track updates to anything from the BBC news site to a blog to a bill in the legislature. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Get an aggregator <ul><li>RSSReader (desktop application) </li></ul><ul><li>Pluck (integrates with browser) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul>
  14. 14. Adding Feeds <ul><li>Look for buttons (like below) to add a feed to your reader. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the instructions of your reader. But with many readers you do (right click, copy link location) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Related…. <ul><li>RSS/ ATOM technology can also create “feeds” of photos and sound: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Flickr or similar program to “feed” photos into your blog or reader. and store photos. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use itunes or similar program to subscribe to podcasts – and have your favorite radio show automatically download to your computer or portable device. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>See you on the blogosphere! </li></ul>