Feedly makes RSS fun again

Feedly makes RSS fun again

Like most of us, Google Reader has been my goto app for keeping up with the news and blogs. It does an efficient job of processing hundreds of articles a day, but it is not the most pleasant reading experience. My iPad has shown that reading syndicated content can be a delight and I want to be able to enjoy that experience regardless of the the device I’m using. When I stumbled on feedly, it was…

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Apple News Beta

Just installed the iOS9 beta on my old iPhone and discovered that Moultrie Creek Gazette already shows up in Apple News. You have to search for it but it’s there! This platform uses RSS feeds to pull in content from their news sources, making it easier to choose just exactly what you want in your reader. I like that. The presentation leaves a lot to be desired. Flipboard is way better even on the tiny screen. 

Now, if I could just have Flipboard’s style with Feedly’s tools to process a lot of content efficiently . . . . 

Research Delivered: An Introduction to Newsreaders by Moultrie Creek

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Research Delivered provides an introduction to newsreaders using the Feedly service. You’ll learn how to create your account in Feedly and see how to discover and subscribe to useful research resources. This guide has been formatted for reading on a tablet or e-reader.

One of the wonderful thing about blogs is they are designed for redistribution. Every blog platform I have seen formats post content so it can be distributed using what is known as really simple syndication (or RSS). Not only does this make it easy for news reading services like Feedly, Pulse or Flipboard to collect and display content from multiple sources, we can do it too!

WordPress users can use the built-in RSS Widget to add the latest items from another source to your blog’s sidebar.

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Here you see the RSS widget’s setup panel and the repurposed content that appears in the blog’s sidebar. The setup panel is where you enter the link to the feed you wish to display, then select options for the content. At the Society Journal site, you see there are two RSS widgets displayed in the sidebar.

Self-hosted WordPress users can take advantage of the Widgets on Pages plugin to display even more content. In the example below, my genealogy society uses the plugin to display the latest posts from the same Genealogy 101 Tumblr blog used in the example above. The difference here is that we can take advantage of the extra space a page provides to include more of the content from each post.

Widgets on Pages

How can your society take advantage of these features? In this example, I am using a Tumblr blog to quickly capture useful research tips, sources and news and then make it available here and on my society’s site. I’m using Tumblr because it is much easier than WordPress for “reblogging” articles found across the web. I then use Tumblr’s RSS feed address to set up the widget on my WordPress blog. Now, when new content is posted to the Tumblr blog, it will appear within minutes at the widgeted sites.

Do you have members who are blogging? Why not create a page on the society site to spotlight their latest posts. Not only do you give them more visibility, you may even inspire more bloggers.

By using the tools WordPress offers and taking advantage of all the news feeds available, you can display some amazing content on your society’s site with little effort. See what repurposing content can do for you.

Repurposing content via RSS feeds

One of the wonderful thing about blogs is they are designed for redistribution. Every blog platform I have seen formats post content so it can be distributed using what is known as really simple syndication (or RSS).