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Integrating RSS Into Your Web Site (NLA/NEMA 2008)

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Presented at NLA/NEMA 2008 in Lincoln, NE on 16 November 2008.

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  • Excellent overview, as well as good segmentation of rss tools. Many of the tools however have meanwhile disappeared for lack of monetisation. So care before investing time in any of these is needed. Thanks for pulling this together!
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Integrating RSS Into Your Web Site (NLA/NEMA 2008)

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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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