- Links: the good, the bad and the ugly
- GeekSpeak: more on RSS
- Lab: subscribing to an RSS feed
- Tips on link posts:
- Catchy headlines should still reflect the content (think SEO).
- Be careful of ALL CAPS, sell the link in the text of the post. Link posts are usually short and don’t need the “more” tag.
- Think about the words you select for the link itself. Use words that help readers understand where the link might take them. Avoid “link” or “click here” as they don’t hint at the actual content of the hypertext resource.
- Next week we’ll talk about analytical posts.
- Shout-outs for link posts (headline and content) – Carrie, Cammy, Jackki, Josh, Krystal, Maryellen, Rowdy
- Shout outs this week to these posts: Meghan (integrating examples); Marci, Megan and Stephanie (linkage to personal story); Amy, Joshua (reaction to the two discussion readings); Frank (extending ideas beyond the class); Amelia (recap of Countywide Community Forums).
- The IT Crowd : The Internet (via Jessica)
- A brief history of hypertext (Tim Berners-Lee TED Talk, timeline)
- The syntax of a link (url)
- Links: what good are they? (small group discussion)
- More on RSS
- RSS In Plain English
Lab: Subscribing to An RSS Feed
- Using a dedicated RSS reader (also known as an aggregator) – screenr/YouTube
- Using a web-based RSS reader (google reader demo)
For the lab:
- Pick a web-based reader (because you can’t install software on the lab computer)
- Subscribe to classmate blogs (hint: you can add “feed/” to the blog url rather than search for the RSS link -> https://com495.wordpress.com/feed/
- Take a moment and read and comment on a couple of the featured posts (in housekeeping)
For Next Week
- Remember – reflective reading posts and subject matter (‘genre’) posts!
- Commenting on peer blogs is an alternate form of class participation. Especially important if you are not comfortable speaking up in class or if you miss class.