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Am feeling a bit frazzled and a bit stupid today, as was sat for ages trying to work out why my OPML file was saying I had no style (how RUDE!) while following instructions from Skiddie2. This managed to flummox Andy & Sarah in the drop-in session today too… sorry to you both. Then I got back to my desk only to find other, more techy savvy bloggers than me had managed to set up the bulk feed to their Google and Netvibes readers very successfully, see the comments here. There’s even a shared file available now which is wonderful.

I realise now that I was expecting too much of OPML, I should have just saved the OPML file myself, and not expected it to tell me that it had done it itself.  Despite my lack of style,  (“This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.”) I was able to save and import it into my Google reader. Then I had to delete it when I saw that Girl in the Moon had created a shared file of the feeds, more of them now, and I used that instead.

I am a relative newcomer to Google reader and am not sure I like it, it’s too listy and bland looking. I like the look of Isla’s Netvibes page of feeds much more, it’s very soothing. But I cannot face a foray into a whole new reader (today), and would I be able to set up a reader with Netvibes and embed it into my iGoogle page? Is this totally unreasonable?

I need coffee!

By the way, the drop-in sessions are a great idea, keep them coming, I’m sure they will prove invaluable.

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As a somewhat nervous blogger I cannot imagine who would want to read my ramblings, but I’m here and I’m posting thanks to 23 Things Cambridge. I’m playing catch up as was off last week but as an avid iGoogle fan already week 1 was a bit of a done deal.

I use iGoogle to sort and theoretically compartmentalise all those RSS feeds, blog posts, newspaper headlines which I want to keep up with for library-related stuff, American Studies thingies, higher education news, foodie interests and friends. And not forgetting the invaluable hamster in the cage widget and the fishies that don’t die if you forget to feed them! I’ve been inspired to renovate my tabs on my iGoogle page as a result of looking at what others have done, I think mine have got a bit sloppy and my home page is way too full but this is a pic of the top of  it anyway…

I cannot stress enough how useful I find iGoogle and having had a quick look at Pageflakes and Netvibes, I can’t say they strike me as being any better for what I want, although I must admit I’ve only had a quick delve. I notice that CILIP has a Netvibes pages for keeping up with the “Defining our professional future” posts which shows how the software can be used to share information in any given subject area. I’m not sure if iGoogle can do this too but it probably can and I’m just not aware of it… here’s a snapshot…

(I’m learning this picture insert business as I go along and playing with sizes and stretches so I hope they’re not too fuzzy.)

Will return soon to blog about the blogging, but so far so good and can see how it could be worryingly addictive.