September 03, 2008

Facebook developments

Writing about web page http://www.new.facebook.com/groups.php#/pages/Coventry-United-Kingdom/University-Of-Warwick-Library/6168162503

I have just added a video to the Warwick Library Facebook page and I think it looks pretty cool. Its been developed by our User Education Group and shows clips of students comments about the Library - check it out!

Also I have added RSS feeds of Library blogs (not this one) to the page, using the Blog RSS Feedreader application. The application is good in that unlike facebook notes, it allows you to add multiple feeds to one page, but each feed does take up quite a lot of space and I wonder if anyone knows of any other RSS applications which might look a bit smaller on the page and still allow multiple feeds?

Any ideas?


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  1. Jo Alcock

    Katharine, I struggled to find an application that did this nicely. However, I found a work around.

    On our Facebook page we use the same application as you but instead of having them all as separate RSS feeds I use Yahoo Pipes to filter all our subject and electronic resources blogs into one RSS feed.

    I’ve kept the main library RSS feed separate (this is managed by our Web Administrator as it’s taken from a website not a blog) and then the second box you can see on our page (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/lib/facebook) is a combination of all the other library-related RSS feeds. Yahoo Pipes brings them together and sorts it into one RSS feed for you.

    At first I found Yahoo Pipes a bit confusing but they’ve made improvements to it since and it’s a bit easier to use. Let me know if you need help with it though. :)

    03 Sep 2008, 19:12

  2. Katharine Widdows

    Thanks loads for this Jo, to be honest I have never even heard of Yahoo pipes! But I’ll check it out.

    I’m not sure I want to combine all of our blogs into one feed because the blogs are quite different in their target audiences (I’m actually considering taking off the ones that are more aimed at academics and just leaving the studenty ones there – but thats another story).

    I really like the ability to feed the blogs into separate boxes so it is clear where the feeds are coming from, but the boxes seem too big, and if you have more than about 3 feeds they make the page really long. Its annoying because a chunk of the space is used with unnecessary borders and things. I do quite like the basic formatting though with the background colours and headers etc.

    Your Yahoo Pipes idea might be really helpful for a colleague of mine who is trying to feed Library news pages onto Academic Department web pages and, because we use SiteBuilder over here we are a bit limited and the formatting doesnt work in the way we want it to. I wonder if there is way to go through something like Yahoo Pipes to fix this. I’ve flagged it up with her and she’s going to look into it.

    I’ll see what I can do with the blogs anyway and let you know of any further developments.
    Many thanks for your comment.
    K
    :)

    04 Sep 2008, 09:53


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