Jaclyn McKewan, MLS

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  • RSS – Really Simple Syndication – written in XML – just a format for the content.
  • RSS can be used for anything that is frequently updated.
  • Saves time – no need to check multiple sites.
  • Ebay actually has a feed on your search results.
  • Some sites, like Google News, will have an RSS feed on a certain topic.
  • Online readers:  Google Reader & Bloglines.
  • Desktop readers: Firefox Live Bookmarks, Thunderbird, FeedDemon.
  • Use iGoogle or My Yahoo to get your RSS feeds.
  • Applications on Facebook to incorporate RSS.
  • Can import your blog postings to your Facebook page under Notes section.
  • Can subscribe to Delicious feed as an RSS.
  • Can also get updates for Flickr searches in RSS feed.
  • Feeds for Webpages without RSS:  Page2RSS & Feedity – put a page in one of these and then past that feed into a reader.
  • Mashups/Feedmixers – Yahoo Pipes & Feed Informer.
  • Feed2JS – put RSS on your webpage.  Tell it what feed you want and it comes back with Javascript to paste into the webpage.
  • Use Delicious account to update the recommended websites – then subscribe as an RSS feed.
  • ???RSS feed from the catalog for new books and searches – Hennepin County Library example.
  • Post the latest blog post on the library’s webpage through an RSS feed.  Use Feed2JS.
  • Google calendars are capable of RSS feeds.  Go to calendar details, click on XML box next to calendar address.  Put “?orderby=starttime&sortorder=ascending&futureevents=true” at the end of the feed to show events in ascending order and all in the future.
  • Desktop feedreader – Rainmeter from Google
  • Podcast can be subscribed to with RSS feeders.  Right click on the source and save as an MP3 file.
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