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RSS Feed to be Readable on Google Chrome

Google Chrome is considered to be the leading one in the war of the browsers in many different ways. It has all the necessary and required features when it comes to speed, performance and many other such things. If you try to access any of the feed such as http://www.clickonf5.org/feed then you would be getting the content in the format of code unlike Safari, Firefox and IE. But recently there has been released one extension by Google which would make the feeds readable. With the help of this extension people would be able to read the feeds without any problem. The users would also be able to subscribe for many of the different platforms such as My Yahoo, Google Reader etc.

RSS Extension released by Google

The RSS subscription extension which is released by Google Inc. is actually an extension for the web browser by Google i.e. Google Chrome in order to make the browser to read the RSS feeds that are present on many different web sites. You will have to install this extension just once and then you can try to open any feed link which you are aware of. Only then you would be able to see the difference between the previously viewable information and the new one. The subscription options that would be seen on the feed after you have installed the extension are iGoogle, Google Reader, Bloglines, My Yahoo etc. If you wish to add some of the other subscription options to these such as the page flakes, feed demond or the netvibes etc then you can easily click on the manage button which would be present at the bottom of the list of subscription option and can then add or remove the options also. The installation of the extension for Google Chrome is quite simple and can be done with great ease.

Getting the extension

If you wish to get the red RSS button on Google Chrome bar then it is quite easy to get the extension from the web site. You would be able to get the IE and Firefox and would get the red color button which would be present on the address bar of Google Chrome. This extension had been developed by the developers of Google. It was asked from them that why they did not they give a native feed reader in the manner just like the other browsers provide when they were creating Google Chrome then they had replied that it is being tried by the company that there should be a default support for RSS as one native feature of Google Chrome but the company has decided for implementing this as an extension to Google Chrome instead. This was done by the company as it believes that only the UI features would be added for a great range of the users. Each of the users should be able to customize the browser according to their own needs with the help of these extensions and give users the thing which is not known much to them.

A News Medium Twist to the Twitter Tale

While Twitter is conventionally perceived to be a Social Networking Site, there might be much more to it that what it seems. The analysis by group of Korean researchers states that the structure and usage of Twitter is more closely associated to a traditional news media unit. This analysis has given a new dimension to the way Twitter is sought after. You may think of it as easy to publish news site where anyone and everyone may be a reporter, only that the news dispatched should maintain the 140 character limit.

On Friday, Haewoon Kwak a member of the research team that conducted the research presented their report in the WWW2010 conference held in Raleigh in North Carolina. In the report, Kwak stated a number of ways in which Twitter differed from the other networking websites. He also described in details the mathematical studies performed by his team in order to highlight on how people easily share their information in a unique manner on Twitter as compared to the other socializing websites. According to the report, the team gathered the information regarding 41.7 million unique user profiles. The team then pulled out 106 million Twitter tweets and then closely followed about 4,262 trending topics that were identified using the hash tags.

With most of the social networking sites, it is observed that the user needs to acquire permission from the other user in order to interact with them or view their updates. On the contrary, Twitter allows you to follow ‘tweets’ from other users even without having to get their permission, if the tweets are set as public by the user. As Kwak pointed out, this trait of Twitter is more similar to the RSS subscription as seen in blogs. This observation was the fountainhead of their research. It led the research team to ponder over whether Twitter was more closely linked to the news medium as opposed to a social network.

As the team went on with their research, the stats supported their idea. It was observed that out of the huge number of following that was happening on Twitter, merely a 22 percent was reciprocal. This number happened to be way too low as compared to the archetypal sites with a social media format viz. Flickr – with a 68 percent and the famous Cyworld – with a 77 percent.

Also, as seen with any variation of media, which includes the news units, Twitter also has its extremely popular or the ‘Star’ Users. A few users stand out with a whooping number of followers as compared to the others.

Even the nature of messages on Twitter is similar to that of a news bulletins. This comes across even more strongly as the users now post their tweets under the title of “What’s Happening?” It was also observed that pretty often, tweets contained citations of ‘breaking news’ events even before they featured on leading news channels like CNN. Statistically, both almost cut even.

This research has brought up an interesting introspection of the Twitter service and Twitter is showing signs of supporting the research findings with the decision to start adverts in their search results.

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