Thursday, September 11, 2008

school time bitches!

hello friends. here's some advice from your resident "Digital Projects Specialist"

i noticed that a few of us have clicked on the "favorite this blog" widget on the side bar. that's cool! it got me thinking- "do all of my friends know everything about the internet like me?" so, in an attempt to bring to you the joys of RSS feeds and Google Reader, here are some links that will help you get the most out of blogs, news posts, and all things internet. followed by my top 7 best things about google reader. number 7 is the most important, so read all the way through.

this video will tell you about the concept behind google reader, RSS feeds.
this video will briefly explain the concept behind google reader.
here is a more in depth explanation of google reader.

here is my google reader window*. you can see that rabbit, max, mike and a few other people have shared web pages in the past. since i can reach them on gchat, i can see whenever the share something. i like to share things that are really cool, but that don't really warrant a blog post. especially stuff about how palin sucks, b/c every time something is shared i feel like the buzz of that story will go up a little bit.

a few things i've learned since using google reader**.
1. you don't have to read everything. no one will know, and if you get overwhelmed you can mark everything as read.
2. i never get overwhelmed, b/c i'm picky about what i subscribe to
3. i still goto the blog i'm reading about 70% of the time. it feels more personal sometimes. you can click the article's title, or the blog's title to get to their actual pages.
4. i know about contests and important thingies faster than most people who read the blogs that i check. so basically, i'm on top of everything.
5. you can drag icons (from the settings tab) that let you note/share things from anywhere on the web. it will say "note in reader" on your bookmark pane. this is good if you don't want to subscribe, but want to have access to a certain article, and to send it to friends.
6. if you have a gmail account*** then you can use google reader, but there are other RSS aggregators out there. but i've tried them and they blow chunks.
7. and this might be the most important one- i never miss a post on the 122 blog. or any other high traffic blog. with umpteen of us posting things from quick and silly to very important, it would suck if you missed something. so don't let it happen to you! use google reader and don't miss the next stupid picture of aaron's**** and don't miss jo(sephine)'s next correspondence with Mari.



*yes i subscribe to the WOW undead pacifist blog. its about a guy who is trying to get to 70 with an undead gnome priest without killing ANYTHING. it is really interesting. with videos!!
**since you were born son.
***and if you don't just give up.
****just kidding aaron. me gusta.
*****bonus for reading my footnotes! twitter!

13 comments:

seanlb said...

let me know if i didn't explain anything good enough.

lauren bird said...

i have lots of friends that twitter... i don't get it... its just status updates..

also i hear you recruited my brother for ultimate.. way to go.. he doesn't want to get fat now that he is in college

sarah evil said...

I have google reader but I can't figure out how to add this 122 account b/c there doesn't seem to be that button...I hope you know what button I am talking about.

seanlb said...

ivy: hell yeah! that cat is cool. i hope he comes out.

evil: the button you're looking for is in the address bar. on my browser (firefox 3.1 for mac) it is blue and next. click on that and pick google, and then google reader, as opposed to your igoogle homepage.

seanlb said...

and, you want the RSS option, not the atom feed. that is just another format. RSS is better.

sarah evil said...

GOT IT! That ended some pent up frustration...thank you.

sarah evil said...

What's the point in "following" this blog if I'm subscribed to it?

Mike Jaynes said...

The only point really of following the blog is that Google Reader now automatically adds any blogs you "follow" to your google reader feed. It's nice and collaborative like that.

And allow me to express that I enjoy google reader as well, it's not just Sean waxing Google's dong. I also like twitter; I know it seems pointless, but it is a nice way to keep in touch with the minutia of your friends' lives. Especially for me, being so far away from everybody.. I still feel very connected to Sean and Katie, and to a lesser extent Jo and Brian and Rabbit. So all of you, use twitter! Twit away! twitter.com/mikejaynes.

cornbread hell said...

ok, mr. smarty pants.

now walk me through fixing the audio on my computer!

You<3Dru said...

If this post was 1/10th the length i MIGHT have read it.

seanlb said...

i hate you dru.

aaron said...

i love you drew.

seanlb said...

dru, did you really not read it?