How to Use Google Reader Bundles

By popular demand (some demand?), here are brief video instructions for using Google Reader Bundles.  As I noted in my last post, I’ve created a bundle for the class that has all the blogs, now including the feed for the weekly updates from our esteemed facilitators, Lisa Lane and Jim Sullivan.

Here is the link to the full bundle page.  Below is the embedded preview.  And here is the bare OPML file for those of you who want to use another feed reader and understand what an OPML file is.


NOTE: This link is to the most up-to-date bundle.  Unfortunately, subscriptions to a bundle do not update when the bundle is updated, so if you previously subscribed to the bundle you need to resubscribe to get the complete list.  This should simply add new feeds to the list and not duplicate any feeds that you are already subscribed to.  If it does, it will be because the folder name might be different.  Simply unsubscribe from all feeds in the old folder, as instructed in the video.

The video is my first time using screenr and, due to a lack of external mic, the sound quality is only so-so.  I hope it doesn’t distract, it was a good experience.  (And imagine my frustration when I realized that I had timed my presentation perfectly to fit in a five minute chunk, but then broke it up out of lack of confidence!)

Comments 8

  1. avatar Laura wrote:

    I just watched the first video and the Google Reader bookmark seems a lot like “Live Bookmarks” in Firefox. I use “Live Bookmarks” on my personal computer and use Google Reader when on the “go.” I haven’t tried Google Reader bookmarks, but I am interested in seeing how they might be similar to and different from Live Bookmarks.

    Posted 16 Sep 2011 at 11:33 pm
  2. avatar Laura wrote:

    I forgot to mention something in my first comment: Thank you for doing all of this. Your post is great!

    Posted 16 Sep 2011 at 11:38 pm
  3. avatar Brandon wrote:

    @Laura: Thanks!

    As to Live Bookmarks, I haven’t used it myself, but it looks like it’s pretty much a feed reader as well, so probably not any big differences. As far as I can tell, the main difference is that the Google Reader bookmark just cycles through each feed (in the order you’ve told reader to sort feed entries), while Live Bookmarks gives you the updates in the menu and lets you just open the site directly.

    Posted 17 Sep 2011 at 9:07 am
  4. avatar Clare Atkins wrote:

    Thanks so much for this Brandon! It has saved me so much time and I am really grateful!!

    Posted 19 Sep 2011 at 5:14 pm
  5. avatar Brandon wrote:

    @Clare: Glad to help!

    Posted 19 Sep 2011 at 5:46 pm
  6. avatar Vanessa Vaile wrote:

    Thanks Brandon – I subscribed and bookmarked in Delicious, which surely reeks of redundancy Your potcert11 bundle is itself bundled with all my links tagged potcert11, also subscribed to in my reader.

    Getting dizzy yet? Just wait ….

    Interestingly, however, the link to your bundle feed appears in delicious but not in the reader subscription to it. It does not show up in delicious potcert11 tag searcheither. The only way to get the bundle on my reader was through google.

    This is a great way to keep track of blogs in a class and keep them them separate from other course related feeds without a separate folder for them in your reader. Easier to find later too. In a smaller class, add a widget to the class page or blog … or a news feed banner across the top of the page…

    Conversely you could bookmark course blogs and bundle them, and then subscribe to the feed in your reader as well as running the feed in a widget on your page.

    Such fun with tags and bundling….

    Posted 19 Sep 2011 at 6:17 pm
  7. avatar David wrote:

    Brandon,
    Thanks for making this “how-to” video. It really helped me set up the Reader bookmark (0n the first attempt). I’m a visual learner so this worked much better for me than reading a set of instructions.

    Posted 24 Oct 2011 at 3:24 pm
  8. avatar Brandon wrote:

    @David: Glad to help!

    Posted 24 Oct 2011 at 3:35 pm

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