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Ten Reasons Why ‘Enterprise RSS’ Has Failed To Become Mainstream

This article by Mike Gotta is a response to an article that appeared in ReadWriteWeb and which declared Enterprise RSS to be dead. He disagrees that feed readers are the main reason for this and says that “Enterprise RSS has not taken off yet – as opposed to actually having ‘died.’ ” He goes on to list what he thinks are 1o reasons for the slow take-up of Enterprise RSS.

Richard Hare later comments:

At some point you have to stop focusing on the technology and give people tools which fit with how they work.

At British American Tobacco, instead of an IT-style RSS launch which overpromises on functionality irrelevant to 80% of users, we quietly placed a feed on the intranet homepage and linked it to the Twitter-style updates in our Facebook-style social networking tool/internal directory. At no point did we mention “feeds”, “rss” or any other jargon which could potentially create barriers.

This confirms my own experiences of Enterprise implementation of not just RSS but also other Web 2.0 technologies. Those that have been particularly successful have not used terms such as wiki, blog, feeds nor have they required the user to switch applications to view the information. Instead, services are integrated seamlessly into the Intranet pages. Easy for the user but admittedly not always straightforward for the Intranet development team to implement.

February 7, 2009 Posted by | RSS | , | Comments Off on Ten Reasons Why ‘Enterprise RSS’ Has Failed To Become Mainstream

ticTOCs Journal Tables of Contents Service

ticTOCs is a new scholarly journal tables of contents (TOCs) service and Heriot-Watt is one of the fourteen partners who have developed it. You can use ticTOCs to search for the most recent table of contents of over 11,000 scholarly journals, from over 400 publishers and also view them on the ticTOCs site.

You can view the latest TOC (table of contents) of the journal, link through to the full text (where subscriptions allow), and save selected journals to MyTOCs so that you can return to the site and view future TOCs. Alternatively, you can save your selection as an OPML file and import the list into your favourite RSS reader. Highly recommended.



December 11, 2008 Posted by | RSS | , , | 1 Comment

Page2RSS – Create an RSS feed for any web page

Page2RSS monitors web pages for changes and notifies you of those changes by RSS. Simply type in the URL of the page you wish to monitor and then add the feed URL to your favourite feed reader. Excellent tool for pages that do not offer their own RSS feeds. Hat tip to Phil Bradley for this.

May 13, 2008 Posted by | RSS | , , | 1 Comment

RSS in Outlook 2007

There are several ways in which you can add RSS feed to Outlook 2007 but the quickest way seems to be:

1. On the Tools menu, click Account Settings.
2. On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.
3. In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type or press CTRL+V to paste the URL of the RSS Feed.
4. Click Add. In the next box you can change the folder in which it is to be stored.
5. Click OK

May 1, 2008 Posted by | RSS | , | Comments Off on RSS in Outlook 2007

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

Feed icons – different colours and different sizes

The de facto standard for a feed icon may be the orange square, but your style police may insist on a different colour. Feed Icons at provides a file containing the standard orange icon in two sizes and a second file of 50 12×12 coloured icons based on Adobe Photoshop’s default colour palette. If those do not suffice, the Developer Kit package includes icons ranging from 12×12 to 128×128 in various formats, including AI, EPS, SVG, PSD, PDF, PNG, JPG and GIF.

March 23, 2008 Posted by | RSS | , | Comments Off on Feed icons – different colours and different sizes

Review of desktop readers

Following on from her Feed Reader tip-bits, Patti Biggs has reviewed three desktop readers. Feedreader, RSS Bandit and Omea went under the microscope and Patti has given RSS Bandit the thumbs up as her default reader. Omea, which is my own personal favourite, is described as “a ‘Rolls Royce’ of feed readers” but a “bit overwhelming for the beginner”. I would agree with that finding. It does take a while to find your way around Omea’s features and many people do not need them, but for me nothing else has come close to supplanting it as my favourite reader.

Karen Blakeman

July 1, 2007 Posted by | RSS | Comments Off on Review of desktop readers

RSS Feed Reader tip-bits

Patti Biggs (Pattibuk) has commented on her experiences with some web based and desktop feed readers in her Library Bunny’s Blog. So far she has looked at Opera 9 (has built in feed reading capability), Firefox with Sage extension, IE6 plus the Windows live toolbar and Onfolio add-in, IE7, Bloglines, Google Reader, RSS Bandit and Sharp Reader.

She has also produced a brief review of 3 Clipping tools for the web – Google Notebook, Onfolio and Zotero – which is worth a look.

June 23, 2007 Posted by | RSS | Comments Off on RSS Feed Reader tip-bits