Two new server-level preferences were released today for Manila’s News Aggregator feature. The first is used to allow managing editors of Manila sites to subscribe to any feed they want by URL, without having to ask the server manager to subscribe the server to the feed. The second allows server managers to automatically subscribe to all Manila sites on the server, making them available for subscription by Manila site managing editors.
Now I know I have no life, but I cannot wait to get into class tomorrow and turn them loose on this. News4Sites has a whole bunch of aggregated feeds that lend themselves perfectly for my kids’ beat work. Just that fact that Jake is back at work with all of this makes me very happy, especially since my idea for Web log Web site seems to be moving forward.
Thanks for the pointer to Greg, who I know won’t mind when I quote his e-mail observation that this is:
Sounding more and more like a classroom dream…
All students with blogs.
All sites have a pointer to the news aggregator for that class.
All students able to easily see who has updated recently, which will
foster competition to maintain their sites.
Instructors can easily keep on top of students blog activity by using
their own aggregator page for their class(es)
The Web based aggregator I’ve been wanting built right into Manila? Very neat. Now if they can just tweak the read out a little bit…