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Using Bloglines Presented by Bonnie Shucha © University of WI Law Library [email protected] What is Bloglines? Bloglines is a FREE online service that helps you subscribe to and manage lots of web information, such as news feeds, weblogs and audio.

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Using Bloglines

Presented by Bonnie Shucha ©

University of WI Law Library

[email protected]


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What is Bloglines?

  • Bloglines is a FREE online service that helps you subscribe to and manage lots of web information, such as news feeds, weblogs and audio.

  • Bloglines tracks the information you're interested in, retrieves new stuff as it happens, and organizes everything for you on your own personal web news page.

  • From: Bloglines FAQ http://www.bloglines.com/help/faq


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About Bloglines

  • Bloglines is free

  • Bloglines is Web-based

    • Nothing to download

    • Access from any computer with an Internet connection

  • Can subscribe to RSS feeds and have email listservs/subscriptions delivered to Bloglines


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RSS Feeds

Feeds are displayed in the left-frame in a directory-like listing.

Folders containing unread news are bolded.

Click on the + next to the folder to view feeds within it


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Blog

Headlines

Click on a feed in the directory to open a list of headlines OR

Click on a folder name to view new entries from all feeds in that folder

Click on + next to headline to view contents of post


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Subscribing to Bloglines

  • Go to http://www.bloglines.com/

  • Only requires an email address & password


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Adding Feeds to Bloglines

  • Several Ways to Subscribe to Feeds

    • Known Feed – You already have the URL

    • Browse Recommended Feeds – Let Bloglines suggest feeds based on your existing subscriptions


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Click “Add” at top of right frame

Enter URL and click “Subscribe”

Adding a Known Feed

Click “Add”


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Choose Folder

Select folder in which to add feed

Use “Top Level” until you have created folders

Click “Subscribe” button

New feed subscription will appear in directory at left

Click

“Subscribe”


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Browse Recommended Feeds

  • After you have added a few subscriptions, Bloglines scans for other similar feeds

  • Click “Recommendations” in “Extras” section at the bottom of the directory on the left


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Subscribers: See how many other Bloglines users subscribe to this feed

Subscribe: Click to subscribe with one click

Preview: Preview what feed will look link in Bloglines

Subscribe To This Feed: Check box to subscribe to multiple recommended feeds; then click “Subscribe” button at the bottom


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Finding Feeds

  • Look for button to get URL for the blog’s feed

  • Copy URL, click “Add” in Bloglines and paste URL


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Finding Feeds

  • Keyword Search a search engine or use the search box in Bloglines at top left


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Adding Email Subscriptions

  • Why?

    • Stop the clutter - Gets high traffic listservs out of your email

    • One stop shopping – Read all of your current awareness / professional development news in one place --- Bloglines!


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Adding Email Subscriptions

  • Create an unlimited number of special Bloglines email addresses that are tied to your Bloglines account

  • The email addresses show up as subscriptions in your directory, and email sent to those email addresses appears as new items


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Adding Email Subscriptions

  • Click “Add” in directory

  • Click “Create an Email Subscription” link


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Your existing email subscriptions are displayed at the top of the page.

To create a new one, complete this form at the bottom of the page.


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Adding Email Subscriptions of the page.

  • Listservs

    • Subscribe using your new unique email address

    • Click on the “send email” link to send a message from this address

    • Subscribe following listserv directions

Send Email


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Adding Email Subscriptions of the page.

  • Alert Services

    • Google News Alerts http://www.google.com/newsalerts

    • Feedster News Alerts http://feedster.com/alerts.php

      • Feedster also has option for delivering results via RSS


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Subscribing to Alert Services of the page.

  • Use unique Bloglines email address as your subscription email address

    • To see unique email address, open the new subscription in your directory on the left


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Clipping & Emailing Posts of the page.

  • One advantage of news readers is that once posts are viewed, they won’t be displayed the next time you open the feed

  • However, you can “clip” or email posts that you wish to save


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Clip of the page.


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Open pull down to chose folder or create new one of the page.

Click “Save to”


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Click “Clippings” tab in directory on left of the page.

Viewing Clippings


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Email of the page.


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Enter email address of the page.

Type message if desired

Click “Send Email”


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To create new folders or move feeds to existing folders: of the page.

Click “Edit” in directory

Then choose folder from pull down menu

Click “Submit”

Organizing Feeds in Bloglines


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Organizing Feeds in Bloglines of the page.

  • To sort feeds within folders

    • Click “Reorder/Sort” in directory

    • Then choose sort order from pull down menu

    • Click “Submit”


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Questions? of the page.

Contact – Bonnie Shucha

Reference & Electronic Services Library

University of Wisconsin Law Library

[email protected]

PowerPoint presentation available at

http://library.law.wisc.edu/wisblawg/fvlcbloglines.ppt


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