Posts Tagged ‘Google Reader’

Wall Street Journal Twitter Lists

November 25, 2009

Today I unexpectedly discovered all of the Wall Street Journal’s Twitter lists.

Won’t setting these all up via RSS to be fed into my Google Reader and iGoogle account excite Mr. Murdoch even further?

Scanning all of the Wall Street Journal feeds (and now their listees) in one homogeneous format like an iGoogle page should make identifying the articles I would like to read much easier than trying to visually strip out all of the extraneous information that usually occupies the Wall Street Journal’s homepage.

@WSJ/news Get the latest breaking news headlines from top news organizations on Twitter. Following: 16
Followers: 111
@WSJ/all-things-digital Twitter list with writers from All Things Digital (ATD). Following: 3
Followers: 51
@WSJ/economics A collection of tweeters discussing the latest on the economy and its recovery. Following: 22
Followers: 73
@WSJ/wall-street-journal Get the latest headlines and breaking news alerts from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Following: 60
Followers: 36
@WSJ/wsj-economy The Wall Street Journal’s economics reporting team on Twitter. Following: 9
Followers: 30
@WSJ/wsj-politics The Wall Street Journal’s latest tweets on politics and policy. Following: 6
Followers: 43
@WSJ/politics A collection of VIP tweeters discussing U.S. politics and policy on Twitter. Following: 18
Followers: 19
@WSJ/entertainment Following: 13
Followers: 20
@WSJ/world-news Get the latest headlines on world events from the Wall Street Journal and more. Following: 11
Followers: 16
@WSJ/wsj-staff A comprehensive list of eporters, editors and columnists from the Wall Street Journal. Following: 66
Followers: 155
@WSJ/business Following: 11
Followers: 43
@WSJ/iran-elections Tweeters discussing Iranian elections. Following: 7
Followers: 6
@WSJ/healthcare Tweets on healthcare, including updates from the Wall Street Journal’s health team. Following: 7
Followers: 26
@WSJ/investing Tweets on investing. Woot! Following: 17
Followers: 21
@WSJ/wsj-life-style-staff The Wall Street Journal’s Life & Style reporters, editors and columnists. Following: 8
Followers: 23
@WSJ/autos Following: 8
Followers: 5
@WSJ/sports-news The latest tweets in sports. Football. Basketball. Baseball. Hockey. NASCAR. Soccer. Following: 16
Followers: 8
@WSJ/wsj-news The latest headlines from the Wall Street Journal. Following: 36
Followers: 19
@WSJ/wsj-blogs The latest from the Wall Street Journal’s blog coverage. Following: 22
Followers: 22
@WSJ/future-of-news The Wall Street Journal’s Alan Murray and his list of top tweeters discussing the future of news. Following: 13
Followers: 67

iGoogle RSS Feed Ads

November 28, 2008

Over the last week, I began using the inline view feature in iGoogle to scan RSS articles without having to click through to the source site.

I prefer gathering, viewing and reading web site content through iGoogle over Google Reader because I can see hundreds of articles at a time and decide which ones I want to read.

iGoogle RSS

iGoogle RSS

By clicking the inline viewing feature within the feed box, I can read the entire article within my browser without leaving my aggregated feeds page.

Recently I noticed my Wall Street Journal Media and Marketing feeds have been accompanied by display ads from Google Analytics.

iGoogle RSS Ads

iGoogle RSS Ads

Pushing display ads through iGoogle feeds is innovative.

However after having clicked through to the Wall Street Journal site to see the display ad, I wasn’t able to find it.

Few if any of my other RSS feeds are getting their site’s display ads pushed through my iGoogle feed.

I wonder why?

Why Aren’t Google Blog Search Categories Available via RSS?

November 21, 2008

Google recently made some changes in how it displayed blog search results.

Google Blog Search Beta now offers 12 categories of blog types to choose from.

The blog categories are: Top Stories, Politics, US, World, Business, Technology, Video Games, Science, Entertainment, Movies, Television and Sports.

Google Blog Search Technology

Google Blog Search Technology

By drilling down into blog categories further, searchers can now find specific topic coverage by different blogs from within each category.

A topic and its position within the Google Blog Search page results along with the featured blog source are indiscriminately selected according to Google.

From the Google Blog Search Beta site: “The selection and placement of stories on this page were determined automatically by a computer program.”

As luck would have it, yesterday I noticed a large number of referrals coming from Google Blog Search which prompted my visiting their site.

I was surprised to find this blog – “Search Marketing Communications” listed atop the list of Google Technology Blogs sources.

My blog remained atop their list along with the topic for a short while before then being displaced by an ongoing stream of technology related stories and other blogs.

Google Blog Search Beta

Google Blog Search BetaGoogle Blog Search Coverage

Upon clicking on the “all 37 blogs” link, I then found my blog still displayed in the “More Coverage” list of all the blogs Google had scanned that had recently written about the same subject.

Google Blog Search Beta’s grouping blogs by subject and then offering them via blog search results should give both bloggers and Google greater reach.

Google Blog Search More Coverage

Google Blog Search More Coverage

To extend both bloggers and Google Blog Search reach further why doesn’t Google offer RSS feeds of their Blog Search categories via iGoogle and Google Reader?

Google Blog Search RSS

Google Blog Search RSS

If Google did offer Google Blog Search Beta categories via RSS, I would subscribe to several categories.

Surely others would too.


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