“Learn Chinese” iGoogle Page 2.0


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I’ve been adding more RSS feeds to the “Learn Chinese” iGoogle Page ever since its initial release. So I thought it was time for an update.

For those of you early adopters who’ve been with us from the beginning, you’ll have to add it afresh to your iGoogle home page to see the new stuff.

For anyone who doesn’t know what it is, read the detailed press release or just try it out (it’s free after all)!

“Learn Chinese” 2.0 is laid out in three columns the same way the 1.0 page was, but 2.0 has even more feeds.

Current Contents

Blogs* Daily Words Lessons**

*in alphabetical order
**and a dictionary thrown in for good measure

If you know of a resource that should be on the iGoogle page but isn’t, please let me know.

Also, if your feed is a “member” of the page (included in one of those three columns), you might want to consider adding this button to your site:

The “Learn Chinese” 1.0 members that contacted me noticed a huge jump in RSS subscriptions within the first few weeks of the release of the first version of this page and it’s hard to believe that was just a coincidence. Here’s why it’s a win-win-win, etc. situation:

If your feed is included in the iGoogle page, adding the following code to your website (in WordPress it can just be a “Text” widget) will give each “member” a new subscriber every time someone clicks on the button!

<a href="http://laowaichinese.net/igoogle" target="_blank"><img src="http://laowaichinese.net/wp-content/uploads/igoogle.gif" border="0" alt="" /> Add "Learn Chinese" to iGoogle</a><br /> <a href="http://laowaichinese.net/learn-chinese-igoogle-page-grand-unveiling.htm" target="_blank"><em>What's this?</em></a>

Looks like this:

Add “Learn Chinese” to iGoogle
What’s this?

I’m still curious to see if we can get “Learn Chinese” to be automatically listed when you add a generic tab to iGoogle. I think the minimum number of users is 500 so I guess we still don’t have that many yet. This isn’t really what iGoogle pages were meant to be used for so I really don’t know what the rules are for that.

And by the way, Language Learning and Technology (a journal affiliated with Michigan State University) reviewed the “Learn Chinese” iGoogle page in their June 2009 issue (pdf) under the “Emerging Technology (pdf)” column. Just thought you should know how famous you are.

5 Replies to ““Learn Chinese” iGoogle Page 2.0”

  1. Albert,

    My website Big Head Little Head has been abandoned for lack of updates and sheer laziness on my part in the past year (or has it been two?)

    But I’d like to redeem myself, I’ve started a different blog still focused on learning Chinese but also serving as a guide to Tianjin and Nankai University students. As of right now there are no language lessons but I assure you I’ll be adding some interesting stuff in there in no time. Let me know if you think this websites appropriate for the list?

    And deletion of Big Head Little Head would be fine, I think its just wasting space at this point 🙂

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