New feeds, and icons galore

FeedburnerGetReligion finally has decided to rely on the user-friendly RSS services at FeedBurner. Please consider deleting any previously established RSS feed for GetReligion and replacing it with our new FeedBurner subscriptions for full posts or excerpts.

On another tech matter, alert readers of GetReligion will notice that we have added a string of colorful icons at the bottom of each post. These icons allow readers to save individual posts to several social bookmarks websites, including blinklist, digg, del.icio.us, Feed Me Links, Furl, newsvine, reddit, Technorati and Yahoo’s MyWeb.

I have omitted a reference to the tutorials site My-Tuts — because it is inaccessible today and I don’t expect many GetReligion posts to end up there. But the My-Tuts icon is available if that spins the propeller on your cap. We have accepted software writer Apostolos Dountsis’ Social Bookmarks Bar plugin as is, and see no reason to limit our readers’ choices.

Actually, though, there is one choice on which I’ll ask that our readers show some restraint. Our comments section gives readers the ability to use some basic HTML features, including boldfacing and italics or the snarky irony-laced strikethrough. Some readers have chosen to boldface every word of their comments. That’s not the purpose, folks. A highlight works best when you use it sparingly.

We always welcome suggestions from GetReligion’s readers for other improvements to our WordPress publishing platform.

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  • Mark

    So, for those of us who aren’t fully technically savvy, how does one “switch” RSS feeds, please?

  • http://www.getreligion.org/?p=2 Douglas LeBlanc

    The answer depends on how you’ve subscribed to the feed.

    For instance, I subscribe to feeds through a software for Mac called NetNewsWire. In this program, it’s as easy as highlighting the existing feed, clicking unsubscribe, then going through GetReligion to pick up the revised feed.

    If you’re subscribed through a web-based service, you may need to ask other readers, through this space, to offer their advice. I’m happy to attempt some problem-solving if you’ll tell me how you’re subscribed.

    You’ll continue to receive the feed without interruption, even if you’re subscribed through our original means. We’ve asked that readers consider switching for both their benefit (more user-friendly feeds) and ours (fewer feed demands on our servers).

  • Carol Louis Lowe

    After checking the FEEDBURNER links I did not find my RSS reader listed. I use the reader inside Mozilla’s THUNDERBIRD. Does this mean I have to go back to the web site to read?

  • http://www.getreligion.org/?p=2 Douglas LeBlanc

    Dear Carol,

    No, it doesn’t mean that at all. I think it means only that Feedburner has not created a shortcut for Thunderbird.

    Everything should work fine if you’ll add this URL to your subscriptions list:

    http://feeds.feedburner.com/getreligion/DmXm

    I just tested this out in my copy of Thunderbird, and it worked fine.

  • Micah Weedman

    It would be nice if links automatically opened in another browser window.

  • http://www.getreligion.org/?p=2 Douglas LeBlanc

    Many thanks, Micah, for offering a great idea that should have occurred to us long ago. I’ll ask our tech people about it today.

  • Carol Louis Lowe

    THANKS!
    Plugging in the link is much simpler than using Feedburner’s shortcut.

  • http://www.ecben.net Will

    According to their blog, My Tuts is an ex-service.

  • http://www.getreligion.org/?p=2 Douglas LeBlanc

    I thought that might be the case, Will, so thanks for confirming it. I’ll look into removing it from the Social Bookmarks Bar.

  • mattK

    I feel like such a luddite (and I live in Silicon Valley and EVERYONE I KNOW is in the tech business!!!) asking this question but what is an RSS feed? And I have a follow-up: Why would I want an RSS feed?

  • http://www.getreligion.org/?p=2 Douglas LeBlanc

    Dear mattK,

    O’Reilly xml.com offers this explanation.

    Whether you should want to use RSS depends on how much daily reading you do on the Web. I use RSS to keep up with 50 of my favorite weblogs, and it saves me the trouble of surfing to each site.

  • David MacDougall

    I realize I am late with this comment, but having links open in another browser window is annoying.

    It is a ploy used by insecure Web site designers who are afraid that readers won’t return if external links take them off-site.

    I LIKE that your links don’t spawn new browser windows. It demonstrates maturity and confidence. Keep up the good work.

    It would be nice if links automatically opened in another browser window.

    Posted by Micah Weedman at 9:48 am on September 20, 2006

    and your response:

    Many thanks, Micah, for offering a great idea that should have occurred to us long ago. I’ll ask our tech people about it today.

    Posted by Douglas LeBlanc at 9:55 am on September 20, 2006

  • http://7leper.blogspot.com Bruce Geerdes

    I agree with David. Most browsers have an option for opening links in a new window if the user wishes that. (In Safari you hold the Command/Apple key down while clicking.) There is no need to have the web page make that decision for you.

  • http://www.getreligion.org/?p=2 Douglas LeBlanc

    Thanks, David and Bruce: You’ve made me rethink the wisdom of having links open in a new window.

    Readers are welcome to debate this further in this comments space, but I’m now inclined to leave our links treatment as is.


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