Blog the Web with RSS: Is it Really Simple Syndication?
Got blog? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Web site, a whole lot of us were thinking about getting it last year. The word blog was the number 1 lookup during 2004. It is "short for Weblog (1999): a Web site that contains an online journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer." ABC News called bloggers People of the Year for 2004 and Time Magazine listed 10 Things We Learned about Blogs. PC World considered 2004 a big year for blogs. The Pew Internet and American Life Project investigated the state of blogging. And if you don't have a blog or RSS, read why RSS is important as well as a history of the RSS movement.
Remember when you first started to use the Internet, and content was organized by something called a gopher? And now Internet content comes from Web pages, browsers and email spam? Well, think of blogging as a Next Generation way of receiving, sending, and organizing electronic content without things turning into a Little Shop of Horrors.
By now, you are probably asking yourself: “Why write a blog for my library?” Before answering that question, it might be useful to gather some experience by becoming a blog reader first. Here are several items to consider.
Now that you have some experience as a blog reader, are you going to be a blog writer? If so, what content would you want to make available via RSS? Here are some things to think about.
In addition to all of the above, there are other possibilities for blogging and RSS. A variation on content delivery could utilize podcasting or audio blogging. Another possibility is RSS from library vendors such as Sirsi or Project Bluebird from Talis. And remember. In your future job interview, you, too, can say that you know how to set up an RSS.
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Libraries Get Hip to RSS [requires RealAudio]
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