Social networking sites are websites where you can share things with other people in the network, sort of like a on-going party that you can join when you feel like it. Probably the best known of these sites is Facebook. By joining these sites, you can communicate with friends, pass on interesting sites you find and learn what other people are checking out on the web. Delicious is a social bookmarking site where users can bookmark websites they like and give them tags. These all get complied together to form hotlists and are searchable, so you can find other cool sites. StumbleUpon brings you to random websites based on user preferences, and learns to hone in on stuff you will like as you give a thumbs up or thumbs down to suggested sites. Twitter is a micro-blogging site, where users write short posts to rapidly pass along information. Digg allows users to vote on stories and other content on the internet, setting up a ranking system of webpages. Reddit is a social news site, similar to Digg. Technorati is a site where you can search blogs that uses tags from blogs to organize content. Propeller is another social news website. These sites, and others like them, are great ways to share information, and find out about things that are going on that you normally wouldn’t find, or would have to spend hours of surfing to find. Having many people with different interests and surfing habits basically creates a free research tool that anyone can use to zero in on relevant content. The Grub Blogger has found lots of great cooking sites using these tools. If you enjoy some of what you’ve seen and read on my blog, I hope you will sign up for some of these sites (they are all quick, free and easy) and use the buttons at the bottom of all my posts to get GrubBlogger.com out there for people to see.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds are a great tool to keep up-to-date with sites that update content often, and also a way to find new sites that have common features of sites you are already subscribed to. Once you have signed up to the RSS feed of a site, you can go to your reader (the Grub Blogger uses Google Reader) to see what new posts have been made on your favorite websites. For example, if you sign up to my feed (which I hope you will), and I post something new, you will see the title and the beginning of the post in the reader, listed along side any updates from other sites you have subscribed to. It is simple, user friendly and non-obtrusive (you check when you feel like it.) Having all your fav sites in one place saves you from checking them individually to see if there are updates. Another cool feature is that the reader will guess at sites you might like, based on your previous selections. This feature gets “smarter” as you pick more sites. So, if you like what you see on GrubBlogger.com, please sign up for an RSS service (if you haven’t already) and subscribe to my feed. You can use the functions to the upper-right of this post to do so.