get updates: follow me:

Operation Zero Unread Feed Items

Posted: June 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: feed of the fortnight, goal | Tags: , , | No Comments »

After publishing my Feed of the Fortnight post yesterday, I started playing with feedly for desktop. Yesterday I guessed I had 5000 unread items. Nope. Would you believe, closer to 10,000?!


So, starting last night I began catching up on reading posts, and unsubscribing to anything I no longer was interested in. I’m aiming for zero unread items by end of next month. It is also a great time to tidy up my subscriptions, cull more and organise my folders. Any hot tips for feed management?


More reading: How to get the most out of feedly on your desktop

Feed of the Fortnight: come share with me

Posted: June 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: feed of the fortnight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

If it’s OK with you, I’d like to slowly share my favourite RSS feeds. (What’s RSS? Read this.)
Every two weeks (ish) I’ll blog about my favourite feeds – and I hope you’ll share yours too.
As the tagline of this blog suggests, my feed links will be about libraries, learning & other loves.

Until next month when it is being retired, I am using Google Reader (or Greader). In preparation for the sad transition, I have just started using Feedly on my phone and Reeder on the desktop.

For the record, I subscribe to 323 feeds and I do not read them all. Currently Greader tells me I have 1000+ unread items, but this is the max Greader ever tells you. By a rough count it is closer to 5000 unread items. I think this is not unusual. (Am I right?)

feed sabonetinhos by violinha on flickr

That being said, I do read a lot of my feeds and it’s kinda cyclical depending on what is catching my interest. So sometimes I plow through music-related feeds, or check my friend’s blog feeds. A constant is my library-related feeds. My feeds are grouped by subject into folders. Grouping makes it easy to sort like-feeds, and obviously appeals to the cataloguer in me!


As an introduction I thought I’d share the folder names that I use to group my feeds:

  • Your starred items When I want to get back to something awesome, I ‘star’ it. Like flagging an email, or using a post-it.
  • Your shared items Greader users can share items with people they follow, or via email.
  • 2.0 As in Web 2.0: a vague folder for a vague term. There’s lots of stuff including library 2.0, web 3.0/semantic web and all things tech- library, social, both.
  • Art
  • Books
  • Chns & YA Translation: Children and Young Adult- meaning library stuff (collections, activities, programming ideas) that’s relevant to these groups.
  • CPD23 The excellent project I am neglecting/was doing. More info here.
  • eBks AKA eBooks.
  • Friends
  • Gong As in Wollongong, which is where I live.
  • Health
  • Jobs
  • Learning
  • Library
  • Mac As in the tech behemoth, not my Scottish connections.
  • Management
  • Me My blog feeds.
  • Music
  • Other
  • Writing How to, and novelists/others.

Apart from sharing what I deem essential with you Dear Reader, I imagine this process will help me analyse how I use RSS. I hope Feed of the Fortnight makes my favourite thing on the web work even better for me, and for you.

I would love it if these regular posts started other people sharing their fave feeds too.
So please leave a comment and tell me your essential feeds, and/or your folder names :)


Thanks to Madeline for her great post about her fave blogs which inspired me to finish this draft. Thank also to Con & all the #blogjune people for motivating me to publish this post.

ANZ 23 Mobile Things

Posted: May 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: anz23mthings, learning, librarian, professional development, twitter | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

I have jumped into a great professional development course called ANZ 23 Mobile Things. It’s for people in Australia and New Zealand doing Jan, Mylee & Kathryn‘s ultra cool 23 Mobile Things course. We’re going to learn all that is vital to know about how mobile devices can awesome-ise library people, library programs and spaces. The major reason I signed up for the course is because about 2 weeks ago I was ‘given’ an iPad for work. My daughter has one which I have barely used, and I have always wanted to start. This course seemed like the perfect starting point! The other reasons I have signed up are: group-learning is awesome, the price is right (FREE!), and professional development is very important to me.

In the past I started CPD23 but never finished. Twice! I’m ok with that; self-paced learning is about dipping in and dipping out. I played with a few of the things, but never got into a pattern. I absolutely learnt stuff and still follow hashtags and people from the course. Perhaps the biggest thing I did learn was, I did not set aside enough time to play and learn. Of course I hope to remedy this, and will do this by allotting work-time to complete the course. I can always go back and finish CPD23, and the other cool thing is, ANZ 23 Mobile Things is different because it is about using mobile devices.


Thing 1 was all about Twitter – excellent! I totally love twitter. In 2011 I declared Twitter & RSS to be the best things on the Internet. I still think this is true. Here’s what I tweeted last week: “Top reasons I <3 @twitter: real-time searching, quick advice, virtually attend events, link sharing, short, sharp convos, stay up-2-date, democratising the web (can ask any1 anything), it’s a community!”. Currently I use the official twitter app on my Galaxy (android) phone and on my iPad. My desktop preference is the old Tweetdeck. I also sometimes use Hootsuite on my desktop at work. If you can recommend a great mobile app, please leave me a comment :)
Heaps of the learning for the course will take place on twitter; so get amongst it. Search for and tweet using the hashtag #anz23mthings. To get news from the source follow @anz23mthings. Oh and make sure you grab the RSS feeds from the course site.

I’m very excited to be actively learning, sharing and playing again.
I’m certain the course will remind me how the words learning, sharing and playing are wonderful tautologies!

Why I need Twitter & RSS (CPD23 Thing 4)

Posted: July 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: professional development | Tags: , , , | 10 Comments »

Fact: RSS and Twitter are my top 2 favourite things on the Internet. Big call I know, but it’s been this way since 2007. And 4 years is a long time in internet years.

Embrace 2.0 by cmdrfletcher on flickr

Recently the CPD23 crew asked us to consider current awareness tools on the interwebs: namely Twitter, RSS, & Pushnote. As I am completely new to Pushnote, the following are my thoughts on twitter & rss. (I *may* write on Pushnote in the future.)

In the past I’ve referred to Twitter as my dear other spouse. I stand by this. I totally rate Twitter as my current favourite online socialising, networking & sharing tool. As I mentioned before, for me Twitter is the King of:

  • sharing links, info, and quick advice
  • real-time searching
  • short, sharp quip-laden conversations
  • staying up-to-date – follow industry people & get their thoughts as they have them & read/view what they deem sharable
  • virtually being there – “attend” conferences/concerts/demonstrations by following hashtags & hear what the backchannel really thinks
  • democratising the web – I can tweet anyone, anything, instantly. No more searching for email addresses or phone numbers & fretting about how to say what I feel in wordy emails or (gasp!) phone calls. Just tweet them your thoughts or query in 140 characters. You may even get a reply!

My advice for twitter:

  • Get a short username – it makes conversing with you & retweeting your tweets easier, as your username doesn’t eat most of the 140 character limit
  • Use a twitter client NOT the website – it will change your experience & opinion of Twitter completely. Repeat: do NOT use the website (try tweetdeck, etc)
  • @ reply people to get involved in the conversations – this is integral to “getting the whole twitter thing”
  • fill in your profile & perhaps be yourself
  • follow #hashtags
  • stick with it

I love how twitter flicks me around the intermehnet as I follow tweeted links & hashtags. In this way, twitter is a huge part of my how I keep up to date with my hobbies, my profession & my learning. Not just a real-time communication tool offering friendly advice, humour, insight, and professional support, twitter is a crowd-sourced RSS feed that I trust & benefit from extensively.

Enter: The Segue…

RSS is The Business.
It makes the net drivable. Given there are a gazillion billion sites out there, it is hard to keep up with what you want, right? Hard no more. Since I began using RSS I have control over the many, many sights I frequent, and I always remember to read my favourites. At the least, I have them stored to read later.

The bestest things about RSS:

  • it’s searchable! Read something fascinating but can’t remember where? Search your feeds: brilliant!
  • you can stop bookmarking endless sites & opening many, many sites each day and simply open your reader
  • folders keep like feeds together
  • reduce your inbox by unsubscribing via email to your many fave sites & subscribe via your reader instead

My advice for RSS:

  • create & use folders
  • subscribe to pertinent comment streams to continue your conversations in the blogosphere
  • I use googlereader and I highly recommend it
  • if you have your own blog/website, add prominent RSS posts AND comments feed buttons to your site

I tell people I love RSS & Twitter. I do adore these tools, and I need them. If you are into sharing & simplifying web navigation, then I suggest you need them too.