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Web 2.0 Updates

Blogs: postings listed with the oldest first

For some applications of blogs it may be more useful to list your postings with the oldest first rather than the standard ‘newest first’. Examples include a CPD blog where you are recording your training, thoughts on your professional development, meetings with mentors etc or a blog that records the progress of a project. At present, neither Blogger nor WordPress offer an alternative to the standard reverse chronological order: TypePad, which is a subscription service, does. Go to Configure and under Post Listing Preferences, Order of Posts check the Oldest first (Ascending) radio button.

There are several TypePad pricing options starting at USD 49.50/year.

April 27, 2008 Posted by | blogs | , | Comments Off on Blogs: postings listed with the oldest first

Converting RSS feeds to email alerts

As well as RSS alerts for new blog postings and comments,  you can offer your readers email alerts. There are several services that will convert your RSS feed to email. One is Feedburner.  Sign up for a Feedburner account and follow the instructions to create a Feedburner version of your feed. Once it has been set up click on the title of your new feed, then the Publicize tab followed by the Email Subscriptions link on the left hand side of the page. Follow the instructions and you will be given the code to add to your blog. In WordPress, add a Text widget to your layout and paste the code into that.  In Blogger, under Layout select Page Elements and then Add a Page Element. Choose HTML/Javascript, give it a title – for example ‘Email Alerts’  – and then paste the code into the box.

Blogarithm is another RSS to email conversion service. Set up an account, follow the instructions to get the code and paste it into a Text widget if you have a WordPress blog or an HTML/Javascript Page Element if you are on Blogger.

April 27, 2008 Posted by | RSS | , , , | Comments Off on Converting RSS feeds to email alerts

How do I delete individual items from a feed in Google Reader?

This is a frequently asked question and I’m afraid the answer is that you can’t 😦

April 26, 2008 Posted by | RSS | , | 11 Comments

Web based RSS readers store old feed items

At a recent UKeiG workshop on ‘Blogs, Wikis and RSS’ (April 22nd 2008), one of the participants noticed Google Reader was displaying very old items from one of her organisation’s RSS feeds. I suggested that the author of the feed had failed to delete them when updating the feed but When I checked our own UKeiG Events feed in Google Reader, deleted items going back to January 2007 where displayed. Had I also been guilty of not removing old feed items? I checked the code and the feed did indeed only have five items rather than the dozens suggested by Google. So it seems that Google Reader keeps old feed items and includes them in the list when you subscribe.

Bloglines behaves in a similar way and goes back even further (February 2006).  Newsgator also had some old items but only going back a month.

April 26, 2008 Posted by | RSS | , , , , | 1 Comment

LoudTwitter

Many of us use Twitter at conferences to share thoughts and comments with other delegates, the session moderators or with colleagues back in the office. One of the disadvantages is that the most recent tweets are at the top of your Twitter stream, making it difficult to follow the chain of events and thoughts after the event. LoudTwitter posts your Tweets to your blog on a daily basis in chronological order, and with the oldest at the top of the post. See  http://karenblakeman.livejournal.com/ for an example of the end result. Thanks to PatrickD for the tip.

April 20, 2008 Posted by | Twitter | , | Comments Off on LoudTwitter

Tweet Clouds

Tweet Clouds allows you create a word cloud from a public Twitter stream. Just enter a Twitter Username.

April 20, 2008 Posted by | Twitter | , | Comments Off on Tweet Clouds

ActiveIT Pageflakes

ActiveIT in South Lanarkshire have set up Pageflakes pages at http://www.pageflakes.com/activeit/21822620. As well as the local news, weather and travel, they have a ‘Community language news’ tab with RSS feeds from several European and Russian news sources. ActiveIT is the brand name for the learning centres in South Lanarkshire Libraries. More information about ActiveIT can be found at  http://www.slc-learningcentres.org.uk

April 16, 2008 Posted by | Pageflakes, start pages | , , , | Comments Off on ActiveIT Pageflakes

Gordon Brown is Twittering

Actually,  it is number 10 Downing Street rather than Gordon who is twittering, mainly via Twitterfeedhttp://twitter.com/DowningStreet

Dig around and you can find several mainstream information providers who are twittering,  although they are usually just sending their RSS feeds to Twitter via Twitterfeed rather than being actively involved in the community.  Run a Twitter search on the BBC, Timesonline  and the FT.

April 11, 2008 Posted by | Twitter | , , | Comments Off on Gordon Brown is Twittering

Embedding YouTube videos in WordPress blogs

If you are having trouble embedding a YouTube video in your WordPress blog, look at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NopuJ_OYjsk . It explains why embedding the code does not work with the default settings and how to change the settings to make it work.  The latest WordPress interface is slightly different from the screen shots shown in this video. You still log in to your ‘dashboard’,  go to Users and then Your Profile, but the “Use the visual rich editor when writing” box that you have to untick is at the top of the page and not at the bottom as on the video.

April 1, 2008 Posted by | YouTube | , | Comments Off on Embedding YouTube videos in WordPress blogs

Richter Scales – Here comes another bubble

This is for those of you who are in the Trough of Disillusionment on Gartner’s hype cycle … well, actually anyone trying to keep up with Web 2.0. The famous Richter Scales video of “Here comes another bubble”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6IQ_FOCE6I

Many thanks to Hazel Hall for alerting me to this video.

April 1, 2008 Posted by | YouTube | | Comments Off on Richter Scales – Here comes another bubble