Tag Archives: rss


How to Send an RSS Feed to Your Email Account

Recently, one of our readers wrote me that she was “trying to figure out if there is a way to have new posts sent directly to my email… When I click on the [ProfHacker] RSS feed link I just get computer language that makes no sense.” If you’re unfamiliar with the acronym RSS and would like to learn more about it, read on for some helpful links. If, instead, you’d like to learn my answer to this question, I’ve managed to figure out a workaround that emails each new ProfHacker post to an email add…


Google Reader to Shut Down: Now What?

If you were on Twitter yesterday, you would have noticed that in addition to many people commenting on the new pope, there was great outrage over Google deciding to shut down its Google Reader service, which is a very handy one-stop-shop for keeping up with all of your RSS feeds.

(Not sure why you would want to do this? Check out Jason’s introduction to RSS, Amy’s explanation of how she uses Google Reader, and Julie’s discussion of RSS readers.)

Google’s explanation for their decision is pretty straightforward: “There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.”

That being said, people are not happy.

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Reading Intentionally Online

Rainy SaturdayProfHacker writers consistently recommend RSS (Really Simple Syndication) as a tool for managing the flow of digital information. RSS is so useful that Mark describes it as “the draft horse of social media.”

I’ve explained how RSS helps with “Keeping Up Online,” George showed how to use it for “Keeping Up With Favorite Web Services”, and Heather reminded us to “Check Out Those Journal Article RSS Feeds.” In slightly more advanced uses, Mark demonstrated “Hacking an RSS Feed for Twitter Hashtags…


Check Those Journal Article RSS Feeds

Feed the World (with Atom and RSS)

RSS feeds are great for keeping up with journal article publications as they come out. (We covered the basics  previously here. ) But lately I’ve noticed that several of my feeds haven’t updated, and sure enough, I found that some feeds had been changed without proper notification. So I’ve added “check on RSS for all journals that I read” to my to-do list as an item to do at the end of every semester.

How about you? How do you make sure the automated processes you’ve got in place keep going? Ha…


Promoting Talks and Calendar Events With the Events Made Easy Plugin

6812481635_ed463ae1fa_mNumerous posts on ProfHacker have considered how to create and sustain a professional online identity, including Miriam Posner’s Primer for Academics, Jentery Sayer’s advice for job candidates, and George’s open thread on personal versus professional websites.

Here I want to introduce a very simple idea for any professor, alt-ac, or student who does indeed have his or her own professional website. It is quite simply: promote your talks and appearances.

In a prominent position on your site, maint…


Google Reader Alternatives

The photo in this post expresses what a lot of people seem to be feeling over recent changes to Google Reader (one of many Google tools that’s been mentioned frequently here at ProfHacker). A great deal has been written about the changes since they rolled out a few weeks ago; some users mourn the loss of the old sharing features, while others (myself included) are less than thrilled with the new design.

Those who miss the sharing features might want to check out workarounds such as ReaderSharer,…


Hacking an RSS Feed for Twitter Hashtags

EKG ReadingTwitter has made it increasingly difficult to use RSS as a way to read individual user streams, and more crucially, hashtag streams. Perhaps this is not entirely Twitter’s fault, as RSS (Real Simple Syndication) has become more marginalized as a web tool (witness Firefox’s removal of the RSS icon from the location bar). These moves are a mystery to me, however, for RSS remains the unheralded workhorse of the web.

Why would you want to use RSS and Twitter together?

I can imagine several answers t…


Keeping Up With Online Assignments and Grading

Busy!One of the best parts of of being a union president is that you get invited to new faculty orientation and similar events every year, so you get to meet new colleagues from all over campus. This year, at lunch, the topic of discussion at my table eventually turned toward learning management systems vs. roll-your-own assignments. New part-time faculty often have the experience of having to juggle multiple LMS platforms–one for each campus or system–every semester, which isn’t fun or efficient.



Create RSS feeds for WordPress Pages

wooden lettersLast week I attended the summer 2011 meeting of the AAPT. When I got back, I received an email from an audience member in my talk, asking some questions about the resources I had mentioned. I’ve got these listed on a resources page on my personal site, which is run by WordPress. But I realized that it could be useful to help others stay apprised to changes to my website that involve more than just blog posts.

I decided to set up some kind of notification system for WordPress Pages – something th…