Friday, August 03, 2007

New Features at NEI Nuclear Notes

Hello, I'm one of the web guys over at nei.org, and today I've been working with Eric to add some new functionality to NEI Nuclear Notes. Here's what we've worked on:

Over on the right, you'll notice two new "feeds," or lists of links pulled from other sources. The first is a selection of timely articles pulled from digg.com, a social bookmarking site. Just the newest five are listed here, but you can find a whole bunch more on our digg.com page. The second feed below it is a list of links powered by del.icio.us, another social bookmarking site. These are to resources that are static or at least less time sensitive, such as the U.S. NRC website or the Virtual Nuclear Tourist. Again, only the five most recently added are listed here, the rest are on our del.icio.us page.

Next, underneath each blog posting now are four icons:

 Digg  Del.icio.us  Reddit  SlashDot .

Each of these icons provide a fast access to various social news and bookmarking sites. Clicking these icons will "recommend" the blog post to each particular site. Below are descriptions of the sites (links go to our profile on each); now its up to you to try them out and see how they work.


Digg.com

Digg.com is a social bookmarking site with an emphasis on timely news, articles and information. Users submit links, and other users can either vote to "digg" or "bury" them. Links that recieve the highest number of "diggs" rise to the top of the list. Additionally, with commenting functionality, digg.com users can open an open-ended discussion of the link.


del.icio.us

del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site, although completely different than digg.com. its aim is to completely replace your web browser's bookmark/favorites function by allowing your to store and share your bookmarks on the web. This allows you to access your bookmarks from any computer with an Internet connection. del.icio.us allows you to share your bookmarks with anyone on the web or just keep them to yourself.


reddit.com

reddit.com is another social bookmarking site and very similar to digg.com. Although digg.com allows its users to submit as many links as frequently as they want, reddit.com only allows a limited rate of submissions until users gain "karma" by submitting popular links. As users gain karma, they are allowed to submit more frequently.


slashdot.org

And finally the grandaddy of them all. Slashdot is in the same vein as reddit.com and digg.com, but the content is mostly geared to technical or scientific users.

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