A short video about RSS:
What Is RSS?
- Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.9x)
- Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.x)
- RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0)
- a family of XML based web-content distribution and republication (Web syndication) protocols
- originally imagined for syndication of news content and blogs
- machine-readable Meta-Data (although actual content can be contained in the RSS feed)
All based on XML: highly structured markup language.
Strict adherence to structure=easy consumption
Components of an RSS Feed
- Channel (title, link, description, image)
- Item (title, link, description, category, comments, enclosure)
One Feed=One Channel=Multiple Items
Software/Services that can “read” an RSS feed (and deliver it to user in some meaningful way)
- Browser/s (extensions)
- Web services (Google Reader)
- Standalone programs (NetNewsWire)
- Yahoo! Pipes (can be used to remix/change/add to feeds)
A short video:
- Launched in March of 2006
- 300 million users as of 2011
In April 2010, the Library of Congress acquired the entire Twitter archive.
Kinds of Messages:
- “Standard” tweets
- Direct Messages
Following vs Being Followed
People can follow you and you can follow people. They are not necessarily the same.
Protected vs Unprotected Tweets
It is possible to “lock-down” your tweets, meaning that you must approve anyone who wants to follow you. When you choose this option, your tweets won’t show up in any kind of public feeds.
- Organize activities on Twitter (#educon)
- Have a distributed conversation around a topic/idea (#SOTU)
- Comment upon something ironic/funny/interesting in the tweet (#Fail)