Thursday, January 12, 2006

Bloglet keeps ERT up to date with ALERTnews

Members of Alloway Library's Emergency Response Team can now stay up-to-date with news and information related to disaster recovery efforts using a neat little application called Bloglet.

A subscription service, Bloglet keeps track of the ALERTnews blog and then sends an email to a subscriber's email accounts if anything new has been posted to ALERTnews in the past 24 hours.

Combining Bloglet, ALERTnews and a personal email account means that even if a disaster affected TWU's computer servers, Library staff can still stay up-to-date with recovery efforts by reading ALERTnews on Blogger and watching for updates sent to a non-twu account, such as Hotmail, Shaw or Telus email.


Stan said...

I think this can a very useful tool if some of us dinosaurs can figure out how to use it. That's what I'm trying to do right now.

In a way it's like iPac vs. staff pac. We can access it anywhere instead of being limited to on-campus usage, which would be a crucial advantage in a disaster.

I have one concern -- I don't know much about blogs but I wonder if Blogger is like some email hosts in that my blog account could expire if not used for a certain minimum time. This could happen if we don't get a disaster in the near future. We could then find ourselves unable to use this expeditiously when we were counting on it.

Does anyone know how this works with blog host sites? Do accounts have to be used every so often to remain active?

Stan said...

The acronym ALERT is a perfect match for naming our team. It should belong to us! :))

Unfortunately, on the Blogger site when I search for it by the name ALERTnews, I get instead someone else's blog about children who eat cereal, etc.

Shawn said...

Yes the analogy between Ipac and Staff pac is useful.

If the blog remains inactive,it would be terminated, but Blogger would give us fair warning beforehand. The DP committee plans to post to ALERTnews from time to time to keep the blog from going dormant.

Shawn said...

I've changed a setting so that ALERTnews is not hidden in Blogger. It may be a while before Google notices us.