I used to keep a long list of bookmarks to organize my web reading. But it was onerous setting up those lists, opening all of the websites one by one (only to find some hadn’t been updated) and exporting the bookmark list to every computer I was using.
In class today we’ll be talking about how to use RSS feeds to keep up with all the news and blogs you’ll be using on your beat, in this class and in your life. I’ll show you how to subscribe to and organize any website you’d like to keep an eye on.
But if you have no idea what an RSS feed is and have never heard of Google Reader, you’ll want to watch this video:
Managing your RSS news feed
1. First, start subscribing to blogs and webpages
- Start with the class blogroll: MCOM 257 or MCOM 407
- Mindy McAdams in RGMP #1 recommends you follow Mashable and Read Write Web. I like to follow Romenesko’s media news
- Here’s my blog feed
- Don’t forget key websites and blogs on the beat you’re following
2. Use blogrolls to find other good blogs. Once you find a blog, check out the blogroll. For example, follow 10,000 words, and then check out the blogroll. Check out the blogrolls of those blogs, and so on.
3. Use available tools to help you find blogs, such as:
- Google’s blog search
- Delicious tags
- Google reader’s links: browse for stuff, recommended items and recommended sources.
4. Manage your feed using tags or folders.
6. Finally, make it a daily habit to check reader so those unread posts don’t pile up. (There’s a mobile version, too.)
Advanced method for the ambitious: