Another first today as I set up my first teacher with a Bloglines account to monitor his student sites. He’s awestruck…seriously. He promised he would spread the word, which I really think is exactly what I need here now. I’m convinced that when enough people see this in operation, we’ll be making sites like mad.
And we are already…the server is running 86 sites right now, about two-thirds of which have been created since the first of the school year. And I know of at least two more classes that are going to come online next week. As long as nothing breaks…
This morning on the ride in I came close to getting my brain around an idea that’s been stewing about making RSS easier to setup and access. I need to find a way to do a local Bloglines… What if I created an RSS page where XML links were automatically added when sites were created on the server. It would include a description of what the site was about. Staff or students or even parents could go that list, check the boxes they wanted to aggregate and somehow they’d have their own Bloglines type page created where they could track the content. I know I could get close to this in Manila, but I don’t necessarily want them to have to have a Web log of their own.
Works into this post by Paolo Valdemarin on Intranet aggregators. (Sometimes it really scares me when things seem to connect like this.) Here’s what he says:
The output of the aggregator should be both html that people can browse with their browser and more feeds which could end up in personal aggregators or funneled in other applications. Centralized aggregators should not necessarily mean that every user has to read all feeds. There should be both the kind of personalization allowed by personal aggregators (deciding which feeds to subscribe to) but also added value services that would allow users to discover additional sources of information and anyway give different relevance to different kind of information snippets that are displayed on the page.
That’s exactly what I’m thinking too. Now where do we find this????