Week 2 – RSS
This week is all about keeping up with other people’s blogs using RSS.
RSS is sybolised by this big orange symbol you’ve probably seen dotted all over the internet. It pops up on blogs, news sites, general websites – anywhere really – and where you see it it shows that you can subscribe to the site to keep a track on updates.
Instead of having to check all the sites you’re interested in to find out if they have been updated with something new, with RSS the sites come to you when they have something new! You do this via an RSS reader.
Watch this simple explanation…
Thing 4 – Setting up a Googlereader
Click here to visit Googlereader.
Do you have a Google account or a google mail? If you do, you can log in with that. If you don’t (or you do and you’d rather have a new one especially for 25Things) click on Create an Account in order to get a login. Then sign in to Googlereader.
Thing 5 – Add subscriptions to your Googlereader
Watch this to find out how!
Now use your newfound knowledge to subscribe to this 25Things blog and to the blogs of your fellow 25Things Disciples (listed in the blogroll on this site) so that you can keep up with how they’re getting on. Remember to visit their blogs and leave some comments!
Remember to write up what you’ve done, how you’re getting on and stuff on your blog. If everyone else has completed this task your post will pop up in their reader 😀
Extra Credit – Pieces of Flair
Add an RSS feed tool to your blog, then all of the updates from the blogs you subscribe to can be seen by your blog followers too 😀
If you decided to opt for a Blogger blog, watch this vid for help on how to add elements to your blog:
If you have a WordPress blog, watch this video to find out how to add ‘widgets’ to your blog:
Extra Credit – “Web Savvy”
The savvier of our readers will have noticed that when you signed up to Googlereader you actually created a Google Account. This account can be used for all sorts of things, and you will indeed be using it for quite a few of your 25things.
To keep all of these applications in check Google have kindly provided us with iGoogle – a tool to personalise your desktop. This is far less scary than it sounds and actually very useful. Click here for help
Have a go at finding iGoogle in your Google Account, then add Googlereader as a one of your gadgets. If you spot any other gadgets you think you might find useful, go ahead and add them. iGoogle is yours to personalise…
If you’re struggling, watch this short vid –