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  2. 2. Integrating RSS into Your Web site Part 1: Introduction Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission NLA/NEMA 2008
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  5. 5. What is RSS? <ul><li>Depending on who you ask it stands for either “Really Simple Syndication”, “Rich Site Summary”, or “RDF Site Summary”. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Really Simple Syndication” is the de facto definition today. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS is an XML language for syndicating items on the Internet. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How does RSS work? Information Provider Information Receiver
  7. 7. Implications of RSS <ul><li>Information is received in a single location </li></ul><ul><li>Information is received quickly </li></ul><ul><li>The need to visit the originating Web site is reduced </li></ul><ul><li>and… </li></ul>
  8. 8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shifted/491666805/ The possible end of this:
  9. 9. Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission Computers in Libraries 2008 Integrating RSS into Your Web site Part 2: Getting Feeds Where None Exist
  10. 10. Feedity
  11. 11. Feedity
  12. 12. Feedity
  13. 13. Feedity
  14. 14. Feedity
  15. 15. Feedity <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Works better on some Web pages than on others. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Notes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure to take advantage of the refine feature for more accurate results. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. page2rss
  17. 17. page2rss
  18. 18. page2rss
  19. 19. page2rss
  20. 20. page2rss <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally works better than Feedity but has no ability to refine the results. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Feedmysearch
  22. 22. Feedmysearch
  23. 23. Feedmysearch
  24. 24. Feedmysearch
  25. 25. Feedmysearch <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>None to speak of </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission Computers in Libraries 2008 Integrating RSS into Your Web site Part 3: Republishing Feeds
  27. 27. Integrating feed content into your Web site <ul><li>Grab content from multiple RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce and/or mash it </li></ul><ul><li>Republish it on your site </li></ul>
  28. 28. Feed2JS
  29. 29. Feed2JS
  30. 30. Feed2JS
  31. 31. Feed2JS
  32. 32. Feed2JS
  33. 33. Feed2JS <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Third party (but you can download and install it on your own server which is recommended) </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. feed.informer
  35. 35. feed.informer
  36. 36. feed.informer
  37. 37. feed.informer
  38. 38. feed.informer
  39. 39. feed.informer
  40. 40. FeedDigest
  41. 41. feed.informer
  42. 42. feed.informer
  43. 43. feed.informer <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Third party service. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited to five feeds in free version. </li></ul></ul>
  44. 44. Scrolling RSS News Ticker
  45. 45. Scrolling RSS News Ticker
  46. 46. Scrolling RSS News Ticker
  47. 47. Scrolling RSS News Ticker
  48. 48. Scrolling RSS News Ticker <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Third party </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shows small advertisement </li></ul></ul>
  49. 49. RSS Scrollbox Widget
  50. 50. RSS Scrollbox Widget
  51. 51. RSS Scrollbox Widget
  52. 52. RSS Scrollbox Widget
  53. 53. RSS Scrollbox Widget <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Third party </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shows small advertisement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ad free, local-hosted version available for $35. </li></ul>
  54. 54. Grazr
  55. 55. Grazr
  56. 56. Grazr
  57. 57. Grazr
  58. 58. Grazr
  59. 59. Grazr <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Third party </li></ul></ul>
  60. 60. Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission Computers in Libraries 2008 Integrating RSS into Your Web site Part 4: Feed Notification
  61. 61. IM Feeds
  62. 62. IM Feeds
  63. 63. IM Feeds
  64. 64. IM Feeds
  65. 65. IM Feeds
  66. 66. IM Feeds <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IMs tend to come in without any formatting. i.e. a single large block of text. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seems to randomly not like valid RSS feeds. </li></ul></ul>
  67. 67. Pingie
  68. 68. Pingie
  69. 69. Pingie
  70. 70. Pingie
  71. 71. Pingie
  72. 72. Pingie
  73. 73. Pingie <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Doesn’t like feedburner feeds </li></ul></ul>
  74. 74. ZapTXT
  75. 75. ZapTXT
  76. 76. ZapTXT
  77. 77. ZapTXT
  78. 78. ZapTXT
  79. 79. ZapTXT <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t handle feeds that require logins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes reports a feed as “not valid” and there’s nothing you can do about it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Searches on multiple keywords are “OR” searches. “AND” searches don’t seem to be possible. </li></ul></ul>
  80. 80. Mail2RSS
  81. 81. Mail2RSS
  82. 82. Mail2RSS
  83. 83. Mail2RSS
  84. 84. Mail2RSS <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines doesn’t like the RSS2.0 feeds, use the 1.0 link instead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mail automatically deletes after seven days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feeds are limited to 20 items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential security issue when using Subscribe with Bloglines bookmarklet (next slide) </li></ul></ul>
  85. 85. Mail2RSS
  86. 86. RssFwd
  87. 87. RssFwd
  88. 88. RssFwd
  89. 89. RssFwd
  90. 90. RssFwd
  91. 91. RssFwd
  92. 92. RssFwd <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some (including me) argue that converting RSS to e-mail defeats the purpose of RSS. </li></ul></ul>
  93. 93. FeedJournal
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  95. 95. FeedJournal
  96. 96. FeedJournal
  97. 97. FeedJournal
  98. 98. FeedJournal
  99. 99. FeedJournal
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  101. 101. FeedJournal <ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must manually regenerate each issue </li></ul></ul>
  102. 102. Contact information <ul><li>Michael Sauers </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://travelinlibrarian.info/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/travelinlibrarian/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.delicious.com/travelinlibrarian/nlanema2008/rss </li></ul>

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