EVO sessions are marvelous events but they generate a lot of mail and it’s simply impossible to read it all. This is a growing problem with email in general, and part of the multiliteracies course at http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com is to suggest ways where participants can learn to manage this in some systematic fashion.
One thing I’m doing is putting the feeds of groups I’m following in my feed reader. The multilit Yahoo group is set up so that messages are public. This means if you visit the group on the web at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/multilit/ without being logged in you will still be able to read the messages (that item in the sidebar will be blue hyperlinked; all others not). More importantly, you can click on Messages and at the bottom of that page find an RSS feed. You can ADD this in your Feed Reader and organize your reader so that all the feeds you can pick up in this way will appear in one place (under an EVO folder in Google Reader for example). You’ll then see a listing with a couple of lines of what’s in the message, and you can then filter what you think might be important to read or not.
I’ve created a screencast using the Jing Project to illustrate how to do this:
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Moderators could help here. If they have announcements they want to flag for group members, they could start the message prominently, with ANNOUNCEMENT or MODERATOR MESSAGE or WEEKLY ACTIVITIES. Perhaps group participants could cooperate by NOT using upper case in their subject messages. This might help participants filter through what is essential to read and what is merely enjoyable 😉
For groups where messages have not been made public, such as BaW-10, you can also get a similar listing but you have to go to the YGroup web page of that group to get it.When you come across a URL of interest to the group you’re following you can tag it in Diigo or Delicious, and other group members will be able to find it. There’s a link to several aggregators at the bottom right of our sidebar at http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/. For example, Web content tagged evomlit in Delicious is aggregated here: http://delicious.com/tag/evomlit. If you know the common tag for other groups you can get their aggregated content by substiting that tag at the end of the URL; for example, http://delicious.com/tag/baw10.