Leveraging Blogs, Feeds, and Wikis, Organizers Collaborative: Grassroots Use of Technology, Sunday, June 17, 2006
Leveraging Blogs, Feeds, and Wikis
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
What is a weblog?
- Definitions vary
- My definition: A Web site running software that eases updating.
- 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.
- 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
- RSS: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss
- Atom: http://atomenabled.org/
- Both are XML feeds
- Differences: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/jkbaumga/2004/10/30#a2044
- XML –> RSS –> Atom
- RSS is a kind of XML feed.
- Atom evolved from RSS.
How to Create a Feed
- Write your own
- Third-party solutions
- Like FeedBurner: http://www.feedburner.com/ and many others
- Keep copyright and licensing issues in mind
Signs Something Offers a Feed
- What works best? http://bokardo.com/archives/interface-elements-for-providing-feeds-and-having-people-subscribe-to-them/
- Send files via feed
- Vlogging, or video blogging
or news readers
or news aggregators
- Aggregators read feeds
- Many kinds
- Good aggregators should handle various feeds and files
- Public vs. private aggregators
- NetNewsWire: http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/
- Pluck: http://www.pluck.com/
- BlogBridge: http://www.blogbridge.com/
What is a Wiki?
- Web site allowing users to edit it
- Word comes from Hawaiian: wiki wiki = quick
- 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
- Engage the community
More Reasons to Use the Tools
- 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?
- Professional development
- Get someone else’s personal perspective, view of the world
- Time management
Are they really just for young people?
- Many people with limited tech skills find them easy to use
- Low learning curve on many tools