Why does the Web just keep getting cooler?

It’s not the massive changes in the Web that keep me hooked. Sure, I’ve jumped on just about every bandwagon so far, with the exception of MySpace. I attempted Twittering (but I’m too wordy), I friend people on Facebook and I blog about every little detail in my children’s lives. These things are great, but it’s the little things the Web lets me do that make me giddy. And yes, I was giddy when I saw this hack.

What I found was a blog post demonstrating how to send RSS feeds to a PDF directly from Google Reader. This actually has some practical applications. During my job search, when I used The Chronicle of Higher Education RSS feeds to keep updated on job postings, I would star the jobs that looked interesting. My wife would then go into my account, look up the starred items and copy-n-paste the job details to our massive spreadsheet. This wasn’t a horrible system, but it would have been much easier if I could have sent the job posting directly to a PDF for Gina to read later. This would have reduced the amount of logging in and clicking.

As a disclaimer, the end result of this RSS-to-PDF conversion is not perfect, as you can see here. The formatting is all jacked up, which makes it a little cumbersome to get to the actual story. But, this is nice for saving content on my hard drive that I think I might want to keep. The aforementioned blog post mentions several other Google Reader hacks that I may try later.

2 thoughts on “Why does the Web just keep getting cooler?

  1. I used to use Tabbloid with my sixth grade students when they were blogging. It is a pretty clean interface, and I found it to be a creative way to share student writing with parents. Plus the email subscription “push” was an extra check for me when I didn’t have time to check my reader.

    http://www.tabbloid.com/

    • I checked out Tabbloid, and it looks pretty cool. I didn’t see a way to add a bunch of feeds at once, like with an OPML file, but if you aren’t following a lot of blogs then doing it by hand wouldn’t take too long. I needed this when I was having my students blog. It also works as a great archive for keeping track of who is blogging and who isn’t. Thanks for forwarding this.

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