Sunday, 8 June 2008

RSS and Bloglines

We had a chat on RSS and Bloglines today. Unfortunatelly, I did not record it. So, I will try to summarize what we said.

What is RSS? It is an acronym that stand for Rich Site Summary or Real Simple Sindication. An RSS "feed" is a type of electronic file written in the XML formatting language (similar to HMTL, but with user-defined parameters), which contains information about content on a website or weblog.
Weblogs and news sites are the most common use of RSS feeds. When new content is added to a blog or website, that contect is automatically updated to every subscriber of that RSS feed.
Advantages?
1-Most aggresgator programs are free and can be easily obtained on the Internet. Example: Bloglines , Google Reader, Mozilla Thunderbird
2-RSS is one of the most timely and cost-effective forms of professional development.
3- It is time saving. You can track more information in a short period of time.
4- If you are subscribed to different parts of the news world , you will be able to compare and contrast it.
5- Teachers can share some information with other colleagues.
6- Teachers can follow his/her students blog.
Further reading: Writing Matrix Wiki
I got a comment by Elizabeth Hanson-Smith ( a Webhead) about how she uses RSS:
Long ago found I just didn't get around to visiting a place likeBloglines to read RSS feeds, so instead I use <http://Feedblitz. com>which emails me any time there is new material on a blog, Web page,wiki, etc. So the feed comes to me, rather than my having to gosomewhere to find it.I have a FeedBlitz "button" on my Firefox browser for quick and easylinking, and FeedBlitz tells you immediately if you have anRSS-addressable link. The only inconvenience is that sometimes I haveto "View Page Source" to find the RSS address, and copy and paste itinto FeedBliz.Cheers----Elizabeth