How to feed iGoogleAdding an RSS feed to your iGoogle page

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I've been teaching social media fundamentals in the UBC  and Emily Carr University continuing studies programs for nearly two years now. Early on in every course, I show students how to use iGoogle (and similar services) into a social media dashboard, displaying the latest results from online searches, must-read blogs and other sources.

The key to it all is the process of turning a feed into an iGoogle widget. (I know: Google calls them gadgets. Can't we all just get along?) And this year, it finally dawned on me that it might be handy to have a video reference my students can fall back on in case my in-class demo wasn't quite as memorable as I'd hoped.

And so, in case it's useful to you...


(And if these can be helpful in your own trainings, feel free to use them.)


Phil Montero says

January 27, 2011 - 7:08am

Hey Rob,

Great video tutorials!  Love the tip for adding an RSS feed of a Google Blog search to iGoogle - wasn't aware you could do that.  Very useful tips!  BTW just watched your video on the Speaking Page of you deliving "Teh Funny at Northern Voice 2009" you had me cracking up - great stuff!

So glad I found your blog.


Rob Cottingham says

January 27, 2011 - 10:33am

I'm glad you did too, Phil!

One extra tip is that you can add a Google Blog Search feed to Google Reader as well as to iGoogle. I often do this so that I have the at-a-glance dashboard of iGoogle, but also a more engagement-friendly (and complete) list in Reader, where I can deal with items in more depth.

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