Customizing a Netvibes Page to Subscribe to RSS Feeds from Web Pages and Blogs
Understanding how to build and edit a Netvibes page to manage your RSS feeds.
In this tutorial sheet you will learn how to:
- Open an account and sign in
- Delete a content box
- Add a feed
- find, copy, and paste a feed from your favorite site
- Move a content box
Web browser software such as FireFox, Internet Explorer, or Netscape . The software is web-based
Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Before beginning the tutorial please make sure you have read the background information.
Lesson 1: Getting Started
In this lesson you will learn how to create an account and delete the default content. Your Netvibes page has boxes called modules. In the image below each of the Netvibes modules have been highlighted in red.
If you look closely you will notice that there are different types of modules (boxes). One module displays your new Gmail email messages.The module below the Gmail one displays the newest posts from the blog Boing Boing. Another module in the lower right corner will display pictures from your Flickr account. (Flickr is an online photo-sharing application). In this tutorial we will focus on adding one type of module-- an RSS (or Atom) Feed.
Lesson 2: Customizing your Netvibes Page
Now that you have cleared the default content from your page you are ready to customize it!
You can also get the feed by clicking on the XML icon . Sometimes the link for the RSS feed will have a link that says "Syndicate this site (RSS)". All blogs should have an RSS feed even if the rss icon does not appear in the URL field.
Another way to add a feed is to copy and paste the URL of the page into the Add a Feed box. Netvibes will search for the RSS feed.
Activity 3: Moving Content
When you add a content box (module) they will be stacked one on top of another. To see all of your feeds on your page without scrolling you will want to move the boxes around.
- To move a box click on the title bar of the box you want to move (hold the mouse button down.) A cross with arrows should appear.
- While holding down the mouse drag the box to a new place on the screen. When you get close to a an empty place in the page a dotted red rectangle will appear. This is to indicate where your content box will be if you release the mouse button.
You can now move your other boxes around to customize your page.
In this tutorial you have learned how to subscribe to RSS feeds and add by using an aggregator called Netvibes. You can go on to add other modules or feeds to customize your page. If you use blogs in your classroom you might want to use Netvibes to keep track of new postings by your students. You can create a new tab just for your classroom feeds.
To search for blogs related to technology and education you might want to use the following sources: