Posts Tagged ‘Google Reader’

Whether you realized it or not, we learned a lot during the first week of class.

If you need some help or reminders with:

  • using Google Reader
  • understanding blog terms (post, page, permalink, and more: comment, trackback)
  • an overview of the WordPress dashboard as it looked like some time back, and/or
  • help creating a new blog post in WordPress

Please see these tutorials I created for students just like you. Of course, you can also learn how to get started directly from WordPress – and here is a good Twitter guide book from Mashable (a social media blog you should be following).

If you need help with Twitter, please see these posts I wrote for students just like you 🙂 You can browse the posts tagged “Twitter” by clicking the word “twitter” in the cloud tag on the left side bar.

We ended class with a to do list for you. I am sure you have everything in your notes, but just in case, here it is again:

  1. Set up your blog. You can use your real name or a pseudonym. Post your blog’s URL in a comment on this first post about class.
  2. Set up your Twitter account. Write your bio, customize your picture (avatar). Say hi to me on Twitter by sending a tweet that begins with @mihaela_v. Include the characters #TECH621 in your tweet. So, you can type a tweet such as: “@mihaela_v Hi, I’m on Twitter now. #TECH621”
  3. Do the readings and assignment for next week. See the syllabus. Readings are on Blackboard. You can collect the 20 social media sites on your blog. Just have them available in class. Print the list out or bring your computer. Each item on the list should include a brief description of the site. For example: Reddit.com – social news; Spotify.com – music listening/sharing.
  4. Subscribe to this blog. You can start by email, but I recommend you figure out Google Reader. Also, you may look into making iGoogle your home page. Here is what mine looks like, after I customized it with the widgets I need most:

iGoogle screen shotQuestions? Please let me know in the comments below.

TWITTER

WORDPRESS

Also, if you need help with Google reader, see these posts.

Google Reader is the tool you use to read blogs.

After you figure out how to use the tool, you need to figure out what blogs to read.
Start with the class blog http://pprprofmv.wordpress.com and maybe with my other blog, http://www.prconnections.net.
As you discover other blogs or I tell you about them, you may decide to subscribe to them and read them. For example, Kevin Dugan’s The Bad Pitch Blog is a must-read. See my previous post about Kevin.

Here is a tutorial on how to use Google Reader to subscribe to blog RSS feeds. If you don’t know what RSS feeds are, that’s OK, they’re explained in the video (duration: about 3 minutes).

Please ask any questions in the comments to this post.