Leveraging Blogs, Feeds, and Wikis, Organizers Collaborative: Grassroots Use of Technology, Sunday, June 17, 2006

Leveraging Blogs, Feeds, and Wikis
Jessica Baumgart
Web 2.0
Organizers Collaborative: Grassroots Use of Technology
Saturday, June 17, 2006

Why Should You Care?

  • Tools are great and powerful

  • Reach lots of people

Presentation in 4 Parts

  • Blogs

  • Feeds
  • Aggregators
  • Wikis

Weblogs

What is a weblog?

  • Definitions vary

  • My definition: A Web site running software that eases updating.

Characteristics

  • Blog software enables easy updating of Web pages

  • Bloggers don’t necessarily have to know HTML
  • There are many different kinds of blogs, different kinds of platforms for blogging
  • Can blog on the Web, on an intranet, on your desktop, etc.

Feeds

Feeds

  • XML file on a server

  • Usually appears when there’s new content
  • Most people use software to read them
  • Possible to route feeds to Web sites

Two Main Kinds of Feeds

Feed Relationships

  • XML –> RSS –> Atom

  • RSS is a kind of XML feed.
  • Atom evolved from RSS.

How to Create a Feed

Signs Something Offers a Feed

Enclosures

  • Send files via feed

    • Podcasting

    • Vlogging, or video blogging

Aggregators
or news readers
or news aggregators

Aggregators

  • Aggregators read feeds

  • Many kinds
  • Good aggregators should handle various feeds and files
  • Public vs. private aggregators

Web-based Aggregators

Desktop Aggregators

Wikis

What is a Wiki?

  • Web site allowing users to edit it

  • Word comes from Hawaiian: wiki wiki = quick

Characteristics

  • Typically has a visible edit button

  • Wiki syntax is easy to learn and use
  • It is not HTML
  • Many different kinds of wikis
  • Can have a wiki on the Web, on an intranet, on your desktop, etc.

Why Use These Tools?

  • Easy way to put information on the Web or get information

  • People look for them now
  • Trust, like what Justin mentioned
  • Participation
  • Engage the community

More Reasons to Use the Tools

  • Communication

  • Collaboration
  • Knowledge management
  • Annotated list of links
  • Networking, community building
  • Sharing sources
  • Easy to archive and retrieve material

Using Multiple Tools

  • Using a combination of tools might be best

  • What goes where?
  • Posting the same item in multiple places
  • Managing multiple tools

Why Use Others’ Tools?

  • News

  • Professional development
  • Get someone else’s personal perspective, view of the world
  • Time management

Are they really just for young people?

  • No!

  • Many people with limited tech skills find them easy to use
  • Low learning curve on many tools

Thank You!

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