If you're new to RSS, you'll want to check out this great introduction to RSS. Written for non-techies, it explains what RSS is, how to use it and includes a swag of useful links to help you get started.
Here at Awasu, we've always felt that there are a lot more applications for RSS than just reading blogs or your daily news.
In this article, Ryan Eby talks about using RSS in the classroom. Some great ideas are proposed, all revolving around the underlying concept of information constantly flowing around with everyone being kept in touch with what's going on.
Education has been a special area of interest for me for many years - I wrote many software packages for high school and primary school students way back in the 80's - and so it's great to see people talking about using RSS in this field as well.
Awasu 1.0.3 has been released. This is a beta release. Some features may not be complete and the software may be unstable. Install at your own risk! You may need to do some basic computer maintenance tasks to get this release to run.
Lot's of cool goodness in this release!
- If you are running out of fingers and toes keeping track of your channel subscriptions, channel filters will help you keep them neatly organized (your channels, that is, not your digits). Channel filters are a much more flexible way of managing your channels than the traditional way of putting them in folders and sub-folders. If you've heard rumours about the file system being developed for Microsoft's next generation of Windows, you will recognize some of the similarities in the way information is being managed.
- Channel reports provide a single-page listing of all or a selection of items from any number of channels. If you like to browse your channels from a single page or want to export your channel feeds to a PDA for offline browsing, then you'll be using this feature a lot. However, channel reports are surprisingly flexible and let you do much more than just this. You can export your channel subscriptions to any format whatsoever, automatically keep your blogroll up-to-date or create meta-channels i.e. channels that are aggregated from several other channels!
And a whole lot more! Have fun
Using RSS and programs such as Awasu to read your daily news is cool but as Phil Gomes describes in this article at Media Map, there are a lot more uses for it than just that.
RSS holds the promise of becoming a key part of a company's media relations strategy and execution. ... your company can consider setting up a blog and posting news release teasers -- or even headlines and synopses -- hours or maybe a day prior to [formal public] transmission. This could be reasonably expected to elevate users' perceived value of subscribing to your RSS feeds, which would help in terms of interest measurement and create a closer relationship between your company and those it most wants to influence.
And he uses Awasu
In fact, here at Awasu, we see even more powerful uses of RSS than this. Instead of being restricted to news and press releases, Awasu can be used to transmit live information of any kind. And these features are available right now!
Awasu has been written up in The Hindu, India's national newspaper and the most widely read in the country. If you have access to the print version, I'm told we're on page 16. And no, this is not an April Fool's joke
Thanks to the Binary Bandit for letting us know about this one.