Producing Participatory Media
Week 1 - January 20
Blogging - The act of writing a "web log" or blog
Weblogs or Blogs are personal content management systems. Blogging rose when content management systems geared for large website management started to be developed for use on personals websites. They allowed people to publish personal content without the need to learn HTML and other related technologies. Blog technology basically allows anyone to publish online with very little cost and with only a small amount of technical know-how.
Standard blogging software has a couple interesting technologies that encourage social behavior.
Both of these things encourage social behavior as well as links between blogs creating a loose network.
- First of all, blogs come standard with the ability for users to leave comments. This allows for conversation to occur around content.
- Second, they generally have something called a trackback. Trackbacks allow another blogger to let another blogger know when they are referencing their post. Basically, the automate referencing other content online.
Let's look at how this is structured in our blog.
Instructions for setting up a blog on ITP's Server (courtesy of Dedi).
RSS - Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary
RSS is an XML based content syndication format. It became popular due to the possibilities that it opened up in the blogging world. Currently it is in wide use throughout news sites, blogs and other regularly updated web based content sites. It has begun to replace email newsletters as it is on-demand and not susceptible to spam. There are a wide variety of RSS readers or News aggregators for a myriad of devices and plenty of add on services.
Desktop News Aggregators
Online News Aggregators
A couple of feeds:
Producing Participatory Media Class Blog Feed
Shawn's Little Output Feed
4th Floor (Somebody should resurrect this)
Syndic8.com: Search, Browse or otherwise find RSS feeds
You can usually find feeds by looking for a text like this: "Syndicate this site (XML)" or an image link that looks like:
For more information:
RSS - Wikipedia
RSS at Harvard (specifications)
My Wiki: ParsingXML - RSS with Perl
My Wiki: ParsingWithProcessing - RSS with Processing