RSS for TV Addicts

Well – real TV addicts have DVR or Tivo or some such way to get new episodes, but if you can’t afford those and want to keep up with your new TV shows, mytvrss looks pretty neat!!

Select your favorite shows below, and then click “Create feed” to generate your own personalized RSS feed. We’ll then alert you through the RSS feed the day an episode is aired. You don’t have to register!

My mother has 2 (maybe 3) VCRs in her house to record her shows – after I teach her about RSS, this might be pretty handy for her.

Found via DownloadSquad.

My RSS Feed

After upgrading to the new release of WordPress I went from 2000 readers to 900 – that means that my plugin that counts those of you not using my FeedBurner feed doesn’t work with the new release (or over 1000 of you got annoyed at me for something I wrote :) ). So – if you’re reading this via RSS I’d love if you’d take a moment to change your feed subscription to my FeedBurner feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/web2learning/YOVk).

Yahoo Pipes – Take 2

Kuyper Pipe

I wrote a short while ago about finally understanding how to use Yahoo! Pipes and since then I’ve been playing. I have come up with a pretty complicated looking Pipe that does something so simple – something we’ve wanted for a while.

Just click the image to the left to see the full screenshot – but basically I’m using this to pull the RSS feed out of our Wikindx page which we use to keep our Abraham Kuyper Bibliography and editing the results so we only see new items and we don’t see who did the adding – since our users don’t care who it was to added the item – they just want to know that there is a new item.

Anyway, if you were confused about what Pipes could do – then I recommend reading Mashing Up Multiple Web Feeds Using Yahoo! Pipes, an article By Jody Condit Fagan in the recent issue of Computers in Libraries and then start poking around. Another great way to learn about pipes is to clone other people’s pipes and learn from what they’re doing.

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Yahoo! Pipes

Okay – I have to admit, I had no clue what the heck Yahoo! Pipes were all about. I read about them in the beginning and was lost, but thanks to Mashing Up Multiple Web Feeds Using Yahoo! Pipes, an article By Jody Condit Fagan in the recent issue of Computers in Libraries, I get it!

I started playing this morning. I created a mashup of all of the feeds we have at the library

Yahoo Pipes

It was so easy once I figured out where things were – which might have been even easier if I had just read the instructions :)

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College & University Feed Directory

I can’t personally find a use for this – but it’s so neat I still want to share it with you (who knows you might be looking for just this thing). Peterson’s now has a College & University Feed Directory broken down by some broad categories including Libraries-General and Libraries-New Acquisitions.

[via RSS4Lib]

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Bloglines Beta

Most you know that I’m one of those people who stuck with Bloglines when everyone migrated over to Google Reader. Well, the pay off is here! Bloglines has announced a new Bloglines Beta and it’s slick! I’ve only been playing for a few minutes (I have to get to work!) but I wanted to share this new release with everyone.

Features I’ve found so far:

  • Clicking a folder doesn’t mark everything read – you have to scroll through or click “Mark all read”
  • New Bloglines homepage allows you to put your favorite feeds on the opening page
  • Different view options let you choose traditional 2 pane view or the new 3 pane view (like email)

Check it out if you’re still a Bloglines user – and if you’re not – maybe you should give it a looksie anyway.

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Penguin RSS

Via RSS Compendium Blog:

Penguin, the UK book publisher, has published a page containing its RSS feeds

This is very neat – mostly because when I lived in England they had a promotion going on. 1 pound classics. Penguin classics all cost £1 (approx $1.55 when I was there). I came home with so many Penguin classics that year!!! Anyway, this is handy and something that I’d like to see from more publishers – even better – something I’d like to see libraries aggregating and making use of … not sure how … but there’s got to be a way we can use this to enhance our sites :)

Google Buys Feedburner – it’s official

Boy – today I just keep finding confirmation of every buy out I’ve talked about in the last month. First it was Ebay and StumbleUpon now it’s Google and Feedburner.

FeedBurner, which has more than 400,000 publishers on its network, will beef up Google’s own AdSense publisher network, particularly among blogs, where FeedBurner is stronger than Google, said Susan Wojcicki, vice president of product management at Google, during a press conference.

Likewise, Google advertisers will benefit from an expanded ad inventory and ad distribution platform. Finally, FeedBurner shares Google’s philosophy of helping end-users find information online with FeedBurner focused on blogs and feeds and Google on search.

That sounds to me like a focus on advertising – not on finding information – we’ll see what happens.