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1 RSS: A Primer for Advocates and Managers RSS: A Primer for Advocates and Managers May 7, 2007

2 Presenters Gabrielle Hammond, NTAP Gabrielle Hammond, NTAP Gwen Daniels, Illinois Legal Aid Online Gwen Daniels, Illinois Legal Aid Online

3 Overview of Session The Basics: Mozilla and IE 7 The Basics: Mozilla and IE 7 Power of Information and Role of RSS Power of Information and Role of RSS RSS Aggregators RSS Aggregators Netvibes: Creating Your Personal Newspaper Netvibes: Creating Your Personal Newspaper RSS for Poverty Law RSS for Poverty Law

4 A Note on the Training Focus on todays training is how to use RSS for you as individuals. Focus on todays training is how to use RSS for you as individuals. To learn more about RSS use on statewide websites see: To learn more about RSS use on statewide websites see:

5 How Do You Get Online? MOZILLA FIREFOX MOZILLA FIREFOX INTERNET EXPLORER

6 Part 1: Mozilla Firefox Gabrielle Hammond

7 It takes 2 minutes to download.

8 Easy to use and improves your efficiency. Tabbed browsing Easy creation of folders for bookmarks LiveFeeds: A folder the stores your RSS Why Mozilla?… Internet at your Fingers

9 Part 2: Power of RSS What if the Web Came to You? RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is simply a technology that allows you to – with a couple clicks subscribe to online information, news, blogs, and content. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is simply a technology that allows you to – with a couple clicks subscribe to online information, news, blogs, and content. Have you seen its logo? Have you seen its logo? It indicates content you can subscribe to. This means it comes to you.

10 What is RSS? A Technical Explanation RSS allows websites to syndicate content to other websites and other XML-enabled applications like RSS feed readers/aggregators RSS allows websites to syndicate content to other websites and other XML-enabled applications like RSS feed readers/aggregators Atom is a very similar standard originally used by Blogs. Most feed readers support both RSS and Atom. Atom is a very similar standard originally used by Blogs. Most feed readers support both RSS and Atom.

11 Where Can You Have RSS Delivered? RSS can be received in your browser. RSS can be received in your browser. RSS can be received in your inbox. RSS can be received in your inbox. RSS can be received on a webpage. RSS can be received on a webpage.

12 What Can Be RSSd? News News Blogs Blogs Video Video Online Tools (Ta Da Lists) Online Tools (Ta Da Lists) MOST ANYTHING ON THE WEB MOST ANYTHING ON THE WEB

13 Finding Feeds 1. Easy: Look for the RSS logo: 1. Easy: Look for the RSS logo: 2. Both Google Reader & MyYahoo have built-in feed searches (You type in ping pong and it delivers content based on all the web it spiders.) 2. Both Google Reader & MyYahoo have built-in feed searches (You type in ping pong and it delivers content based on all the web it spiders.) 3. If you know the javascript (code that tells the web to bring it to you), you can cut and paste it into your browser (or website). RSS.LStech.Org: maintains a list of many feeds with the additional ability to get these feeds in javascript for websites. 3. If you know the javascript (code that tells the web to bring it to you), you can cut and paste it into your browser (or website). RSS.LStech.Org: maintains a list of many feeds with the additional ability to get these feeds in javascript for websites.

14 Is Your Favorite Website RSS-able? What is Your Favorite Site for? News News Tracking Interests or Hobbies Tracking Interests or Hobbies Blogs Blogs Online Tools Online Tools Lets Look at NTAPs Recommendations…

15 Anything can be RSSd (or subscribed to). Even my GMAIL Account. See the Orange RSS symbol in the address bar? Click it. A popup window appears asking where you want it to go. Click OK Mine goes in a folder called LiveFeeds in my Bookmark Toolbar.

16 Examples of Substantive Feeds: Center on Budget & Policy Priorities Center on Budget & Policy Priorities Center on Budget & Policy Priorities Center on Budget & Policy Priorities CLASP Feeds (several feeds on various topics) CLASP Feeds (several feeds on various topics) CLASP Feeds (several feeds on various topics) CLASP Feeds (several feeds on various topics) Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law National Health Law Program National Health Law Program National Health Law Program National Health Law Program US Government Feed Library US Government Feed Library US Government Feed Library US Government Feed Library Legal Services of Northern California Advocate Feed Legal Services of Northern California Advocate Feed Legal Services of Northern California Advocate Feed Legal Services of Northern California Advocate Feed

17 Technology Related Feeds LSNTAP.org: Latest News & Views LSNTAP.org: Latest News & Views LSNTAP.org: Latest News & Views LSNTAP.org: Latest News & Views LSNTAP.org: LStech Resource Center LSNTAP.org: LStech Resource Center LSNTAP.org: LStech Resource Center LSNTAP.org: LStech Resource Center Law.com Legal Technology Feed Law.com Legal Technology Feed Law.com Legal Technology Feed Law.com Legal Technology Feed ABAs Legal Technology Resource Center feed ABAs Legal Technology Resource Center feed ABAs Legal Technology Resource Center feed ABAs Legal Technology Resource Center feed Probono.net Statewide Website Feed Probono.net Statewide Website Feed Probono.net Statewide Website Feed Probono.net Statewide Website Feed

18 Receive National Legal Aid News NLADAs Equal Justice News NLADAs Equal Justice News NLADAs Equal Justice News NLADAs Equal Justice News CNN Law Feed CNN Law Feed CNN Law Feed CNN Law Feed Law.com Law.com Law.com LSC Announcements LSC Announcements LSC Announcements LSC Announcements LSC Updates LSC Updates LSC Updates LSC Updates

19 Other Ideas Some statewide websites and other state legal aid websites may have RSS feeds available Some statewide websites and other state legal aid websites may have RSS feeds available

20 So, How? RSS Through Your Browser Live Bookmarks in Firefox Live Bookmarks in Firefox Through Internet Explorer 7 Through Internet Explorer 7 In both: In both: Go to the feed URL Go to the feed URL Click Subscribe in the browser window Click Subscribe in the browser window

21 Other Ways to Access RSS Applications: Outlook (through third- party plugin, except Outlook 2007) and Thunderbird Applications: Outlook (through third- party plugin, except Outlook 2007) and Thunderbird Third-party websites that provide RSS aggregation (well see an example soon) Third-party websites that provide RSS aggregation (well see an example soon)

22 How Do You Subscribe? Browser: If you use Mozilla, it is Easy. Browser: If you use Mozilla, it is Easy. Find content you want to subscribe to. Find content you want to subscribe to. Click on the logo. Click on the logo. Drag to LiveFeeds Folder on your Bookmark Bar. Drag to LiveFeeds Folder on your Bookmark Bar. Lets try it. Lets try it.

23 Part 3: RSS Aggregators What if you only went to ONE site for ALL news feeds you wanted?

24 What if you dont want to search? There are readers or aggregators. These provide a directory of resources by topic for you to pick from. Google Directory is a directory of all news readers -- in other words, all news that can be subscribed to, you can search and pick what you want.

25 -- You can SEARCH for news. -- You can have the news come to you via RSS What if you dont care about the source as much as the specific news content type? SEARCH on GOOGLE NEWS for the content type you want and ALL news anywhere will be brought to you via RSS. For example, HUD Litigation Legal Aid Technology Your Program Name

26 Feed Aggregators MyYahoo.com: ability to control number of items per feed, move up/move down. MyYahoo.com: ability to control number of items per feed, move up/move down. Google Reader: folders, personalized home page, feeds integrated Google Reader: folders, personalized home page, feeds integrated NetVibes.com: create your own custom newspaper NetVibes.com: create your own custom newspaper MyFeedz.com: combines RSS feeds with social bookmarking MyFeedz.com: combines RSS feeds with social bookmarking

27 Part 4: Netvibes Creating Your Own Personalized News Hub

28 Final Step: Netvibes.Com Take all the feeds and create your own online newspaper -- takes 2 min!

29 Poverty Law Newspaper You can have tabs to your paper. Steve has a Poverty Law Paper page.

30 Your Turn: Lets Build Netvibes Together

31 Part 5: RSS for Poverty Law

32 Getting Started Use IE 7 or Mozilla Use IE 7 or Mozilla Find Feeds: Look on LSNTAP.Org for your Feeds for Advocates Find Feeds: Look on LSNTAP.Org for your Feeds for Advocates Search for others Search for others Get a Netvibes account and have it be your home page when you open your browser Get a Netvibes account and have it be your home page when you open your browser Share your feeds with others and us! Share your feeds with others and us!

33 To add feeds you find for the poverty law community: More on the RSS National Server (how to add your feeds and add them to your websites): hlibraryhttp://www.lsntap.org/tec hlibrary | RSS

34 How Advocates use RSS Keep current on national trends through RSS news feeds from national support centers or other legal experts. Keep current on national trends through RSS news feeds from national support centers or other legal experts. Keep current on local information by bringing news and information into a single location Keep current on local information by bringing news and information into a single location

35 Discussion: How do you use RSS feeds: How do you use RSS feeds: Are advocates in your organization using RSS feeds? Are advocates in your organization using RSS feeds? What of these examples would be of most interest? What of these examples would be of most interest? What are some of your favorite feeds? What are some of your favorite feeds?

36 Additional Resources RSS for Advocates: Everything You Need to Know RSS for Advocates: Everything You Need to Know RSS section of the LSNTAP Tech Library RSS section of the LSNTAP Tech Library Great Resources for Poverty Law Related RSS Great Resources for Poverty Law Related RSS


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