How TO for RRS;

September 26, 2006

i must admit, i did know what RSS feeds were… and i do use them… (not as often as i should though… i have a hard enough time keeping up on my work email, personal email and blogs for this course 😀 )

 however, one thing i did not know, but always wondered about, was HOW exactly to incorporate RSS feeds into ones webpage…

 but thanks to good ol’ Luke Rosenberger… i now have some quick and dirty tips on how to do it! i figure it is one of those ‘easy to do’ things VIA coding… but had never taken the time to figure out how to do it… so first off, KUDOS goes out to Luke for giving us some information on how to incorporate RSS into our own webpages!

secondly, a few words on the death of webbrowsing; i wonder if RSS will lead to a decrease in the amount of ‘browsing’ behaviour… we no longer have to go hunting for information: for many of our searches now, we can set up RSS feeds that will send us the precise data that we want… its like having your own personal research librarian who just combs the research journal databases daily and presents you withthe most recent and pertinent findings for your research!

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4 Responses to “How TO for RRS;”

  1. Tamara said

    Randy –
    I like to think of RSS as my own personal ILL library technician… (oh yeah, I am a snobby librarian).

    Good question – will it lead to a decrease in “browsing behaviour”? Like anything, if you rely on the same resources day in and day out, you end up with, perhaps, a slanted or skewed view. I guess I really don’t have a good response to that question other than to say that New resources seem to be popping up constantly, and I don’t think there’s an RSS feed out there that can capture the vastness of the web. I am sure amny will rely heavily on RSS – it is “real simple”. I think, in some weird perverse way, many people enjoy browsing/surfing – its kinda like and information adventure – who knows what gem you’ll uncover that will provide context to your reserach.

  2. Colleen said

    Your comment about the “death” of web browsing got me thinking. I think as we browse the web we are exposed to thoughts and ideas that differ (sometimes drastically) from our own – and that’s a good thing. I wonder if we eventually begin to rely solely on feeds for our web content, and are “fed” only the information we want, would RSS function as a filter of sorts – preventing us from being exposed to any opinions that differ from our own?

  3. roldham said

    I hear what you’re saying Colleen. I am currently in LIS 502, and I remember the professor saying that classification systems co-locate materials together that are of similar nature. The professor (Dr. Leckie), also mentioned that often, when she would go to the shelf to find a resource, she would often stumble upon a more resource that was more relevant to her research… She asked if anyone else in the class had experienced this phenomen, and there was a resounding YES.

    If we configure RSS feeds to deliver content to us, will we begin missing out on ‘stumbling upon’ information that is more relevant to our search than that which we had specified and configured in our RSS feeds?

  4. amanda said

    A really good question, Randy, and an important one too, I think. On a personal level, I’ve been using RSS for more than 4 years now, and I think I’ve finally hit “RSS-bigot” status, i.e.: if it doesn’t have a feed, it doesn’t exist! That’s a huge generalization, of course, but it makes you think about the possible implications of this RSS-bigotry in the long run… Will it force late-adopters to hurry up & get on the RSS bandwagon, or will it mean a more limited, less satisfactory web-experience for those of us who rely solely on their aggregators for information? I’d like to think it’s the former (all evidence points to it, thus far), but it’s definitely something we shouldn’t lose site of.

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