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Newspapers on Twitter: is there any point?

I think there is. Forgive if this is going sound like trumpet-blowing, but this is why I think twitter is worth persevering with as more than an RSS feed.

One of our followers asked for suggestions as to where he should take his girlfriend for dinner.
This is what happened
Our conversation on Twitter

Our conversation on Twitter

PROS: The links are all links to our reviews. And everyone who’s following us or him can see this conversation.
We’ve promoted our taste section, boosted our reputation for being the source of all food knowledge, published links to five old reviews that might now get some traffic and increased awareness of us as a brand providing a service to readers. (and possibly created a rod for my back when people start asking me questions!)
But it took five minutes of my time and Rob Hawkes thinks we’re great now (and hopefully will tell other people how great we are, and so on.)
CONS: is the benefit worth the time?Will we, as a paper, get enough from this one reader for it to have been worth my stopping what I was doing (writing a photo sales strategy) and spending five or ten minutes finding some content that matched his needs?  Added on, of course, to the time I spend monitoring the account in the first place, which, as I read here is a time consuming job.

I think, in this age where we’ve got some pretty stiff competition for people’s attention, that it probably is. This may only be one person. But better to have 1000 true fans than than 100,000 who’ll visit the site once and then never again, right?
What do you think? (and sorry again about the trumpet blowing)
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RSS for dummies – would I convince you?

Here’s my first attempt an a RSS guide for dummies. What do you think. Too patronising? If you knew nothing about RSS, would this convince you to give it a try?

Our news, delivered to you, for free

Want to get our headlines, as they happen, delivered to your desktop – for free? Well you can, with RSS feeds. Sound complicated? It’s not – here’s how it works…

You choose which of our headlines you’re interested in; news, sport, north dorset, east dorset, business, entertainment.

We send you a headline and a summary of each story, as it happens. If you want to know more, there’s a link to take you to the full version. If you don’t you can delete it.

You can read your headlines as they arrive, or check your feed once a day, five times a day or once a week if you like. The updates will stay put until you’re ready to read them.

We don’t ask for any personal information, there’s no cost, and you’ll never be spammed. It’s just a no-hassle way of keeping up with the news.

Interested? Then read our step by step guide to signing up.

First, you need a news reader, also known as an RSS reader.

If you have a My Yahoo page, adding our headlines to it couldn’t be easier.

On our home page, under the Daily Echo logo, there’s a little square orange button with the words All Feeds next to it.
You’ll also see this button around the site and on other website that use RSS.

Click the all feeds button and it will take you to a list of the feeds we offer. Click the link for the one you’d like to use, and you’ll get a new screen that shows you the most recent headlines, with a bar across the top that says ‘Subscribe to this feed using” and a drop down menu.

All you have to do is choose My Yahoo from the options and click subscribe now. That’s it! Our headlines should now appear on your My Yahoo page. You can go back and choose another feed to subscribe to if you like. And you can cancel at anytime.

If you have an MSN account:

On your My MSN page, look for the box that says add new content. There should be a search for new content box.

In that box, type http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/rss/
That will give you all our news headlines. If you want sport, it’s http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/sport/rss

Click the green arrow and you’ll get a results page that should say ‘one result for syndicated content’ and a Bournemouth Echo headline. Tick the box next to this and click on the OK button.  Our headlines should then appear somewhere on your page!

To get other feeds, you’ll need to go to our homepage. Under the Daily Echo logo, there’s a little square orange button with the words All feeds next to it.

Click the all feeds button and it will take you to a list of the feeds we offer. Click the link for the one you’d like to use, and you’ll get a new screen that shows you the most recent headlines, with a bar across the top that says ‘Subscribe to this feed using” and a drop down menu.

Because you’re using MSN, you’ll need to copy the address from the browser bar (it should look like the picture below) and paste that in the new content search bar in your MSN page. Then follow the steps above.

If you have a Google account:

On our home page, under the Daily Echo logo, there’s a little square orange button with the words All feeds next to it.
You’ll also see this button around the site and on other website that use RSS.

Click the all feeds button and it will take you to a list of the feeds we offer. Click the link for the one you’d like to use, and you’ll get a new screen that shows you the most recent headlines, with a bar across the top that says ‘Subscribe to this feed using” and a drop down menu.

Select Google from the drop down menu and it will ask you whether you want to add the feed to your Google homepage or use Google reader.

Unless you already have an iGoogle homepage, the easiest option is to use Google reader. Click on it, and it will ask you to sign in to Google. Once you’ve done that you’ll get a Google Reader page with our headlines on it!

You may want to bookmark the page or make it a favourite because it’s not easy to find from Google’s search page.

If you have an iGoogle page you can choose to add our headlines as a module – or choose to add it to Google reader and then add the reader as a module to your iGoogle page. (For instructions, click here!)

If you have an AOL account:

On you’re my Aol page, click the favourites tab. On the left of the screen will be a box called feeds.  Click Add Feeds. In the box, type  http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/rss/ for news or http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/sport/rss for sport. Click the check button. It should bring up our feed in the results box. Tick the box next to the feed and click Add Feeds.

Our headlines should appear on your page!

To get other feeds, you’ll need to go to our homepage. Under the Daily Echo logo, there’s a little square orange button with the words All feeds next to it.

Click the all feeds button and it will take you to a list of the feeds we offer. Click the link for the one you’d like to use, and you’ll get a new screen that shows you the most recent headlines, with a bar across the top that says ‘Subscribe to this feed using” and a drop down menu.

Because you’re using AOL, you’ll need to copy the address from the browser bar (it should look like the picture below) and paste that in the Add Feeds search bar in your AOL page as before.

If you don’t have any of these accounts and/or you are using Firefox as your browser, you can add the feed directly to your bookmarks like this:

Go to our homepage. Under the Daily Echo logo, there’s a little square orange button with the words All feeds next to it.

Click the all feeds button and it will take you to a list of the feeds we offer. Click the link for the one you’d like to use, and you’ll get a new screen that shows you the most recent headlines, with a bar across the top that says ‘Subscribe to this feed using” and a drop down menu.
Select Live Bookmarks and click Subscribe now. It will ask you where in your bookmarks you want the feed to be stored. Choose your location and click ADD.
The links will then appear in your bookmarks as a folder called Bournemouth Echo.

That’s it!

Once you have our RSS feed, why not try others? You can have updates from your favourite websites, news pages and blogs – all you have to do is look for the little orange button, and when you see it, click it!

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Getting ready for switchover

Our new site goes live tomorrow.

So far today I have discovered that the search and archive don’t work, we’ve got no control over our RSS feeds and we can’t use any iframes wider than 320 pixels because of the mandatory content panels that run down the right of the page… which makes embedding dipity timelimes sort of a waste of time.

But we’ll try it anyway…

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