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#10 – Social news and URL shortening

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment

 On many websites that you come across you will have seen one or more of the following icons:

So what exactly are these?  Well..they are known as Social news applications. The term social news refers to websites where users submit and vote on stories or other links, thus determining which links are presented.  They are places for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web, from the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog.  The main applications include:

 One of the first and one of the most popular sites is Digg,a social news website made for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the internet, by submitting links and stories, and voting and commenting on submitted links and stories. Voting stories up and down is the site’s cornerstone function, respectively called digging and burying. Many stories get submitted every day, but only the most Dugg stories appear on the front page.

 reddit is a social news website owned by Conde Nast Digital on which users can post links to content on the Internet. Other users may then vote the posted links up or down, causing them to become more or less prominent on the reddit home page.

 Another is StumbleUpon which allows its users to discover and rate Web pages, photos, and videos. It is a personalized recommendation site which uses peer and social networking principles.  Web pages are presented when the user clicks the “Stumble!” button .  StumbleUpon chooses which Web page to display based on the user’s ratings of previous pages, ratings by his/her friends, and by the ratings of users with similar interests. Users can rate or choose not to rate any Web page with a thumbs up or thumbs down.  StumbleUpon also allows their users to indicate their interests from a list of nearly 500 topics to produce relevant content for the user.

 URL Shortening.

 Some web pages have very long and cumbersome URLs.  This can be awkward to use if you want to add a link to Twitter, which only allows 140 characters, or even just posting a link in your blog or email.

 URL shortening is a technique on the internet where a provider makes a  web page available under a very short  URL in addition to the original address.

For example the link to this web page is:  http://devlibs23things.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/thing-10-socia…url-shortening/

The short link ( using bit.ly) is:  http://bit.ly/cD0ubT

 Although there are many providers of shorter URLs, the two most used are:

 TinyUrl …  http://tinyurl.com/

 And

 Bit.ly …. http://www.bit.ly/

 Activities for Thing #10

 1.  Register for one or all of the following:  http://www.digg.com/ , http://www.reddit.com/, http://www.stumbleupon.com/.  Check out what is popular at the moment or maybe find a topic that you are interested in and see what other internet users rate highly.

 2.  Practise URL shortening for one of your own blog pages.  Then send a message on Twitter using a shortened URL as a link.