Week 2: Blogs


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  • Quick recap from last week.
  • Goto http://gmail.com
  • Click on 'Reader' at the top between 'Web' and 'more'.
  • Now scroll down a little to see some recommended items.
  • After scolling a long way I found a blog I wish to subscribe to. Click on 'Lifehacker', below the title of the article, after 'from'
  • Click on the 'Subscribe' box to subscribe
  • You are now subscribed to ' Lifehacker'. Click on 'Dismiss' to remove the yellow message.
  • Going to the actual Lifehacker web site looks like this. Scroll down...
  • Here is the post that we could read in Google Reader. It is formatted differently, but the image and the text are the same.
  • Now go to the blog for this tour. http://helpfulpaul.blogspot.com/ The the end of the address bar is an orange symbol: a dot and two curves. This is the RSS icon. Click on it. (With Internet Explorer the RSS icon is localed somewhere else near the top of the screen. You'll have to find it and click on it.)
  • Click on 'Subscribe to 'helpful Paul – Atom'...
  • Make sure it says 'Google' and click 'Subscribe Now'
  • You should see this screen. However...
  • If you see this screen Google hasn't realised you have a Google Reader account. Click 'Sign Out' at the top right and go back to http://gmail.com and login again. Then go to teh blog for this tour and cick on the RSS icon again, etc
  • Click on 'Add to Google Reader'.
  • You are now subscribed to the blog for this tour.
  • You can collapse the menus on the left by clicking on the squares with the '–' in them
  • Go to http://www.abc.net.au/rn/backgroundbriefing/ and click on the RSS icon
  • Google is not an option. So we'll have to cut and paste the feed address directly into Google Reader.
  • Highlight the address and copy it.
  • Go back to Google Reader and click on 'Add a Subscription'
  • Paste the address into the box.
  • Click 'Add' (next to the address you just pasted in).
  • You are now subscribed to the Background Briefing feed. If you click on the play symbol the programme will start playing.
  • You can scroll down to listen to previous weeks.
  • Week 2: Blogs

    1. 1. Practical Internet Tour <ul><li>8:15pm – 9:15pm, Tuesdays </li><ul><li>13 th April - 1 st June 2010
    2. 2. $60, Pay Eleanor </li></ul><li>Presentation on aspects of the internet </li><ul><li>You try it out during the week
    3. 3. Following week we address any problems arising </li></ul><li>Around 45 minutes of presentation </li><ul><li>15 minutes to answer problems in depth
    4. 4. Can continue more than 15 min, but feel free to leave </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Internet Available Here <ul><li>Wireless and cable connections available
    6. 6. Bring a computer if you can, to deal with problems
    7. 7. Otherwise show me on my computer </li></ul>
    8. 8. Blogs <ul><li>Contraction of ''Web Log''
    9. 9. A series of articles (''posts'')
    10. 10. Arranged chronologically
    11. 11. Usually by an individual
    12. 12. Usually on a single subject matter
    13. 13. Very easy way to put content onto the internet </li><ul><li>Several free sites for this: blogger, wordpress, livejournal </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Some blogs <ul><li>Antony Green's Elections Blog </li><ul><li>http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/ </li></ul><li>Stephen Fry </li><ul><li>http://www.stephenfry.com/blog/ </li></ul><li>UCA President Alistair Macrae </li><ul><li>http://alistairmacraeuca.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><li>Baccus March UCA </li><ul><li>http://www.themarshuca.org.au/ </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Where? <ul><li>Blogs often link to other blogs (down the side)
    16. 16. Technorati has a listing of blogs </li><ul><li>tracking 112 million blogs Dec 2007 </li></ul><li>Google Blog search </li><ul><li>http://google.com.au -> more -> blogs </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. How do I keep up with all that? <ul><li>Use a ''feed reader'' </li><ul><li>Blogs produce a ''feed'' that you can subscribe to using a feed reader
    18. 18. Can quickly see which posts you haven't read yet </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Google Reader <ul><li>Sign up is easy as already have Google Account </li></ul>
    20. 46. Homework <ul><li>Log into Google Reader
    21. 47. Subscribe to helpfulpaul blog </li><ul><li>http://helpfulpaul.blogspot.com </li></ul><li>Read helpfulpaul blog using Google Reader
    22. 48. Subscribe to another blog </li></ul>