Google Reader and the Mystery of RSS Solved (GR1) Beth Malapanes email@example.com 696-5711 What is RSS? RSS SYMBOL Rich site summary. Some refer to it as Real Simple Syndication. RSS is a protocol, an application of XML, which provides an open method of syndicating and aggregating Web content. Using RSS files, you can create a data feed that supplies headlines, links, and article summaries from your Web site. Users can have constantly updated content from web sites delivered to them via a news aggregator, a piece of software specifically tailored to receive these types of feeds. RSS and blogs http://www.amphi.com/departments/technology/trainingpres/blogg ing.html Watch video from Common Craft http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=086faafd8c 122981cc82 Article on RSS and education http://technologysource.org/article/rss/ There are several RSS readers. My favorite has always been the one that works with Internet Explorer The only problem is you have to always use the same computer for this to work. The solution to this is to subscribe to an aggregator that you can log onto from any computer with Internet access. Both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox now have tools to make it easy to a add feed directly into Google Reader http://reader.google.com/ by clicking the RSS icon on the toolbar when it is lit bright orange. Other examples of these include: Bloglines http://www.bloglines.com/ Newsgator https://www.newsgator.com/ngs/order1.aspx So when you see RSS feed options on some pages like this one from Teacher Tube, you have several options. We are going to focus on Google Reader. You will need to set up an account with Google http://reader.google.com/ http://www.google.com/reader/view/#directory-welcome-1-page If you already have an account you can sign in. With Google Reader, all you have to do is click Add a subscription. Enter a search term to find feeds or paste a feed url. You can Browse for stuff to find things to subscribe to or go out on the web and search or use Technorati to search for blogs. You can also share items. A really cool thing is that these shared items create a public page. Others can now subscribe to your page. You can also add tags to keep your feeds organized. In your shared items, you have several options: email or add a clip to your website with the code provided. You can also post notes that will be seen on your shared page. Notice, after I subscribe to a feed, it will show a BOLD number. This number shows how many new articles I have not read yet. Another feature of Google I like are the Google Alerts, which are email alerts of new things that have been posted on the web about your topic. To get there, click more, then even more. Click here. You can pick a topic, what type of article, and how often to email you.