For Class Discussion (to prepare in advance):
- RSS in Plain English by Lee and Sachi Lefever (3.5 minutes)
RSS tools are similar in terms of core features. (1) They provide search feature. You should see that web sites/services where content updates are frequent, they are a good candidate for having RSS features (e.g., news, journals, library search results, discussion threads, etc. – you can enter the name of the web site/journal name directly to the tool’s search field, or from any website you visit and see the orange “rss” button, if you click it, popular RSS subscription tools should pop up. (2) They allow you to organize your subscriptions by folders or categories. (3) They allow you to export/import subscriptions across similar services – most popular tools also allow you to share your subscription(s) with others. In the lab, we will visit popular news sites, journals, and library search results, and each time, will see how the page can be incorporated into your RSS subscription.
- And more RSS tools or feeders – Some are for desktop and platform specific
- RSS Mix (web service) – If students work on research or web search, their search URLs can be combined and created into a RSS feed
- Netvibes, Flipboard, vs. MyYahoo – Each tool allows you to add many panels/flakes to a single web page. The first two allow you to organize panels by different RSS feeds (if the web site provides RSS feeds). As of 2/16/2014, Pageflakes’ DNS registration has expired (and this is strange, people expect that to come back soon). Google also used to have a feature called iGoogle that is similar to MyYahoo, then discontinued its service recently. Case in point? Invest in big pictures, major functionalities – things will change, and you can catch up quickly!
- How have you managed a lot of resources or information you have found on the Web? Have you used RSS or any tools introduced here before, or any other similar tool to better track or organize your subscriptions?
- Which features or functions did you find as very useful from which tool? How will you use the tool/service more in the future?
- For more active and better use of the RSS or information organization tool in class or training, what would you suggest?