EdSurge on Edmodo

EdSurge comments on the new features in Edmodo released last week โ€“ with some interesting observations on the Edmodo business model:

It’s business model is also still a bit opaque. So far, Edmodo, which reaches close to 1 million teachers and 10 million users overall, continues to offer all its tools and resources to teachers for free. It charges companies that offer their products through its platform: Crystal Hutter, Edmodo’s COO, says that more than 250 publishers are offering free or premium apps through the Edmodo platform.

More from EdSurge.

The new features lookโ€ฆ. okay. Itโ€™ll be interesting to see whether any of the students I use Edmodo with pick up on Insights (I donโ€™t plan to flag it to them just yet). Right now, Iโ€™d settle for some decent resources management functionality in the Edmodo Library.

RSS feeds of Twitter streams

Having discovered EdSurge Iโ€™ve been rather enjoying their content. I was hoping it would replace the combination of Ars Technica / TechCrunch / Engadget that I turn to first in the RSS reader.

Unfortunately not. I couldnโ€™t find an RSS feed, which turned out to be because there isnโ€™t one.

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Not to worry I thought, maybe I can subscribe to an RSS feed of their Twitter updates. Turns out you can, but not as easily as clicking on a button in Twitter, instead you need to construct a URL like this:

https://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/aiddy.rss

where youโ€™d replace โ€˜aiddyโ€™ with the Twitter screen name of the feed you want (omitting the @ symbol).

Here’s a little tool to make it easier to generate RSS feed URLs (and this explains why the tool isn’t embedded in this post). Enjoy.