November 12, 2007
RSS Feed: The Good and The BadAfter gaining a basic knowledge from my previous blog entry on RSS feeds, I began to focus on the feeds that I thought would be most beneficial to me for my term projects. As I said earlier, the aggregator I am most familiar with, and thus most likely to use, is Bloglines. For this analysis I will be evaluating the feeds that I have been getting from this site.
ESPN.com: The first feed that I will be evaluating is provided by sporting giant ESPN. This feed provides news of the top sports stories from across the world. It has been the most helpful feed that I have used due its abundance of information regarding rankings, schedules, and scores. One downfall of this feed is that fact that I am getting more than just feeds about college football. While sorting through the headlines is fairly easy, if I were able to refine the updates to just pages regarding college football, this feed would be ideal.
SI.com College Football Blog This feeds is a link directly to the college football blog written by Steward Mandel from Sports Illustrated. It is a blog that is updated at least 5 times a week (usually twice or three times each Saturday after the games end) that highlights major stories from the week and any breaking news. It is very specific to the type of information that I am looking for in my wiki and thus very useful. One downfall is that he is very opinionated and thus his material needs to be needs with this in mind.
Michigan College Football Forum This feed is dedicated to Michigan Football. It provides funny articles, pictures, and videos as they happen. The writer, who refers to himself as "Yost", is very entertaining. He writes from the perspective of a Michigan fan, but isn't that the point of the site? One great thing about this site is the frequency at which it is updated. "Yost" writes at least 2 entries a day and he seems to exceed that every weekend, especially when Michigan loses.
In The Bleachers College Football Blog The final feed that I will be analyzing is another blog, this one written by Brain Sakowski. He writes on the top stories across college football. He also provides some insight on Div. 1-AA, which I will not be covering in my blog. I noticed some of his information is incorrect and almost all of his prediction and upset alerts are wrong. This makes me less likely to use any information from the site because I do not want to have to check every stat to make sure I do not have any contradictory information in my wiki.
As you can see, there is a wealth of information about college football and it is expanding every day. Checking these RSS news and blogs feeds proves to be a very efficient way of staying up to date in the world of college football.
Posted by adamcole at November 12, 2007 12:40 AM