Feedly and RSS

feedlyRSS (Really Simple Syndication) is something I have been familiar with for a long time as a web developer. We have used RSS on our school site for several different things, from sermon audio postings to band announcements. Once, long ago, I signed up for some RSS feeds through Outlook’s reader, which may give you an idea of how long ago that was. Reading RSS feeds didn’t last for me, though, because it was relatively new technology and there wasn’t a lot to subscribe to.

Today I believe I can say it won’t last, but for quite the opposite reason. There is so much to subscribe to that it may be too much for me! Keeping up with all of our Google+ posts, along with the artifacts assigned for EdTech 501 and 503 and my “day job”, has been challenging to me. I can only imagine what adding more incoming stimuli might do to my addled brain. Nonetheless, I find the changes in RSS to be very interesting, such as the ease of subscribing. And the non-changes. The little orange icon has withstood the test of time, though there are some additional options now.

All things considered, I can see definite advantages to the push technology. I subscribed to 25 feeds, including all of my 501 class mates’ blogs. It would take a long time to check all 25 individually for updated posts, so having the content pushed to my computer makes sense. I look forward to testing Feedly and these 25 feeds to see how often I am able to use the RSS features. I’m hoping that this ends up being something that will provide a benefit that outweighs the total “cost” of ownership.

I did subscribe to my own blog so I could see what, if anything, shows up on my blog when someone subscribes to it. I haven’t found anything yet, so if you know what I should look for to know about subscribers or notifications, I’ll welcome any suggestions.

I suspect that one way to use Feedly successfully will be to read several posts from each potential source before subscribing to be sure that the content contains a substantial amount of information that will be useful to me. After subscribing, I’ll need to continue evaluating the posts to see if the subscription should be kept or dropped.

There is one part of the assignment that I did not understand – replying to posts within Feedly. When I viewed a post and attempted to reply, I was taken to the original site. Is that how it is supposed to work, or should I be able to type right in the Feedly window?

In order to cut down on the information glut for my 501 class mates, I will not be posting this to Google+. Besides, everyone who has subscribed to my blog (part of the assignment), will already be notified in their RSS readers that I added a new post. Gotta love RSS!

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