Friday

Thing #9 Locate a few useful School Library related blogs and news feeds

Now that you have an RSS Reader (your Google Reader or  Bloglines account), you can begin adding other feeds that interest you. Technorati, a blog tracking site, reports that they are currently tracking 133 million blogs. Out of the millions of blogs available, how do you find the ones that are of most value to you? There are several resources that you can use

Discovery Resources:

When visiting your favorite websites -- look for RSS  feed icons (like this)
 that indicate the website provides it. Often a feed icon will be diplayed somewhere in the navigation of the site.

Google Blog Search - See what appears when you search "ESC 1 Learning 2.0" or "esc1library."

Use Blogline's Search tool - Bloglines recently expanded search tool lets you search for news feeds in addition to posts, citations and the web. Use the Search for Feeds option to locate RSS feeds you might be interested in.

Check out the top "Edublog" award-winning blogs. Each of the winners and the other nominees in each catagory have blogrolls containing useful, helpful and often highly respected representative blogs that could meet your need. Click a catagory and go see what is there!
Some Other Search tools that can help you find feeds:

Topix.net - This search tool allows you to locate recent newsfeed items based upon keyword or phrase searching. The tool focuses specifically on news and media outlets RSS feeds for information, not weblogs

Syndic8.com - Syndic8 is an open directory of RSS feeds that contains thousands of RSS feeds that users have submitted.

Technorati - Technorati is a popular blog finding tool that lets you search for blogs. Since RSS feeds are inherent to all blogging tools, Technorati Blog Search can help you find RSS feeds for topic specific blogs you may be interested in.

Blog Pulse - Tracks conversations (try putting CSLA 2.0 to see who is talking about us)

Technorati is a popular blog finding tool that lets you search for blogs. Since RSS feeds are inherent to all blogging tools, Technorati Blog Search can help you find RSS feeds for topic specific blogs you may be interested in. Additonal Resource: Technorati Tutorial on finding and adding your blog

Discovery Exercises:

1. Explore some of the search tools noted above that can help you locate some RSS feeds.

Add any pertinent feeds to your RSS reader.

2. Create a blog post about your experience that answers these questions.
  • Which Search tool was easiest for you?
  • Which was more confusing?
  • What kind of unuseful feeds did you find in your travels? Or what kind of unusual ones did you find?
  • What other tools or ways did you find to locate newsfeeds?
EXTRA STUFF -- Feed icon information:
In February of 2006, the adoption of a standard feed icon among websites and browsers finally began to assist in stopping the madness and confusion caused by so many variations. So far this icon has been adopted by many websites and browsers, including Opera and FireFox, where it displays in the address bar:






Internet Explorer 7 has something like this as well. For more information about this emerging new standard, see Feedicons.com.

2 comments:

mgtz said...

So would adding the feed symbol to a blog make it easier for other followers to "follow" one's blog by displaying the feed URL upon selecting it? Would this be the same as selecting the "Follow" link on a blog?

ACavazos said...

Thursday, March 17, 2011Week Four; Thing #9: Locate a few useful School Library related blogs and news feeds

Technorati was the easiest for me. I like the format.
Synic 8 has a very user nonfriendly format. It has too much information for me.
I did not like the feeds on Blog pulse. It included feeds which seemed to be added based on a keyword verses on subject.
I found a few useful feeds, such as one on writing tips for blogs, another for useful technology tips. I am continuing to look for a good feed on best selling books.
I still think that the best way for me to find my favorite feeds is to conduce a simple google search