I haven’t been all that active here for the last few days. I’ve been spending most of my blogging bandwidth testing out the new and improved Blogs at Penn State tools powered by Movable Type 4. It has occupied really all of my blogging budget if you will. With that said I haven’t kept up with much external reading from my Google Reader space either … really just been in meetings, working on stuff, or walking halls talking shop with people. This time of the year the cycles get harder to come by as well … while things are winding down for most in education, this is one of the most compressed and craziest times of the year for me. It has me thinking a lot about where I spend my empty (if they exist) cycles and how to cram more into less. I’m not ready to bail on all of it, but I do need a little space to recharge.
For some reason I found myself at the University’s student newspaper site today, the Daily Collegian. I guess I went there to look at an article a colleague sent me and realized two things — the first is that the whole online paper is pwered by Movable Type and the second is that they have RSS. I figured I might as well add it to the reader … in Safari I clicked the little RSS badge in the URL location bar and got a very interesting contextual menu that gave me the option of subscribing to a number of feeds. If this is old news I am sorry, but I thought that was really a smart way to do things. I grabbed a quick screen shot of it. I wonder how this is done and if others are doing it?
As an update, I had seen my own RSS feed badge produce options before, but they were limited to the three different “brands” of XML my site produces … from early comments and emails it seems it is easy to make it work like the Collegian. My standard contextual menu gives me the following …
In a time when cycles are short, this is the kind of stuff that can help us all be more selective with what we want with much less effort. I just thought it was interesting. The other thing I really liked was the way that they go about describing what RSS is. At the end of the day only about 20% of our students report knowing what RSS is, so this is a nice touch.