What’s in your ego feed?

I’m wondering what everyone searches for and watches in their ego search feed. My search (blended by FeedBlendr) reads:

Blogdigger search for nicole engard, Technorati Search for: http://web2learning.net, Yahoo! Search: “nicole engard” or “nicole c. engard” or “nicole c engard”, Technorati Search for: “what i learned today” AND (nicole OR engard), Technorati Search for: nicole engard, BlogPulse Search Results for: nicole engard and Bloglines Search: “Bcite:web2learning.net”.

I’m wondering what other people search for and if I’m missing something important :)

More on Feed2JS

I am considering using Feed2JS on our intranet (after listening to Meredith & Paul at Internet Librarian) – I’m still going to give it a whirl, but I’ll be more cautious before I use it on any of our sites outside of the firewall after reading this warning from RSS4Lib.

If you run your own copy of Feed2JS on your own server (rather than using Feed2JS’s public version), unscrupulous folks can borrow your script — and your bandwidth — to repurpose other RSS feeds from other sites without your knowledge or permission.

There is hope though.

Feed2JS.org offers directions for restricting Feed2JS to the feeds you want to be reused.

The RSS & JavaScript Cookbook

Meredith Farkas & Paul Pival gave a fun presentation on RSS (something I use tons of) & JS (something I don’t use much of).

Using JS and RSS Paul & Meredith showed us how to create a dynamic subject page for your library site. The problem with traditional subject pages is that they aren’t updated often, they’re not easy to update (HTML required), and since no field is static a static page isn’t the right solution. Why not use some of the tools mentioned to create a dynamic page that pulls news, journal updates, and new books from RSS feeds? You can even mix together RSS feeds into one consolidated feed using RSS Mix (doesn’t show the source), KickRSS (registration required), or FeedBlendr (shows the source & no registration).

Another suggestion from Meredith – if you don’t have access to edit your library’s website easily, why not create a blog and put the updates there – then use JS to pull in the RSS feed to your subject guide – that means the webmaster only has to update the page once (to add the JS code) and then you can make updates whenever you want. This works great for people with locked down servers and websites.

One last tool lets you add an RSS feed reader widget on your site. Grazr imports an OPML and lets you put the reader right on your website. Meredith used my IL2006 OPML as an example!

Up until now I have been using PHP to parse RSS feeds for our intranet – I’m going in to work on Monday to switch to JS. Meredith & Paul have provided a nice long list of tools here on their wiki.

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SLA Newsreader

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) announced today that it has partnered with NewsGator to launch an online service that delivers RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds to the desktops of thousands of information professionals. This exclusive service is free only to members of SLA, and is available at www.sla.org as part of the SLA News Connections.

I got a chance to have a peak at this new reader – it’s pretty nifty – especially for RSS newbies. They have predefined sets of feeds that people can subscribe to with one click – which is very handy when you’re new to all of this.

Read the Press Release.

Bloglines & Mailing Lists

I don’t know if this is Bloglines or me. Yesterday, I imported the IL OPML a few times and deleted the folder over and over – I might have accidentally deleted my mailing lists folder!! Or Bloglines got rid of it – who knows. I’m a little annoyed either way because I had to email a lot of list owners to get my bloglines email subscribed to the lists – and now I have to start all over :(

RSS Site Map

How neat is that? I was visiting LookSmart’s Find Articles and saw a link at the bottom to the RSS Site Map – this is a site map of all of the RSS feeds available on the site. They also offer RSS Feeds for your search results.

I was looking for Judith Siess and scrolled down to the bottom where I found the RSS Alert button for my search.

Very handy!

No Demo – My Pet Peeve

As you know, I’m always reading about new online tools. I like to try them out before I write about them (if I have time) – this brings me to my pet peeve. I don’t like it when I can’t see a demo (or screenshots) of a tool without first signing up. Today it’s xFruits which sounds pretty darn cool:

xFruits is sweet! It's a suite of RSS services that's all about feeds. You can use xFruits as an aggregator, to create a PDF from your feed, add a mobile feed or even post to RSS via e-mail. All these services areen't really new but why use different sites and logins if it can be done at one place! Next to that, it also rolls all xFruits users into a community

This description is from A Feed Is Born – I went to the site but there is no way for me to see what the aggregator looks like without first signing up (which I’ll probably do once I’m done ranting here).

A note to developers – always provide a way for people to see your product – a demo account or screenshots. You don’t buy a new outfit without seeing and trying it on first – why should a web application be any different?

Okay, rant done. I’m off to sign up for xFruits.

RSS Unsafe

Well, what isn’t?? An online friend of mine sent me a link last week that talked about how subscribing to RSS feeds could be a security risk – today I found a similar article on News.com.

Attackers could exploit the problem by setting up a malicious blog and enticing a user to subscribe to the RSS feed. More likely, however, they would add malicious JavaScript to the comments on a trusted blog, [Bob] Auger said.

What do I have say about that? Well, Duh! If people can spam our email with viruses, then they can surely hit us through our RSS feeds, but that’s why we (bloggers) install protections like Spam Karma (and other such comment filters) and why we all install spy ware protection and anti-virus software on our computers.

It’s no different than email in that respect – you open yourself up to being hacked/attacked whenever you let someone else deliver content directly to your computer.

I knew it!

As you know I have finally signed up for FeedBurner – but why the change? Well I was getting a little annoyed with depending on Bloglines to tell me how many subscribers I have. Bloglines was telling me that I had something like 28 subscribers – After 2 days FeedBurner says I have 79 (and I’m sure there are still more people who haven’t used the new feed URL yet).

I’m not sure why the difference, but I knew (based on page visits & comments) that there were more than 30 of you out there reading to see what I learned today. Thanks for bearing with me and updating your aggregators!

Today I learned that you can’t trust Bloglines count of subscribers (especially since there are a lot more readers out there to choose from).