UNH CIS Signals

Signals Moves to Web 2.0

Katherine Derby

Summer, 2009

 

Signals is going totally paperless. Although Signals has been online since the publication’s inception, the technology behind our website is changing to incorporate many rich features.

The new Signals website will incorporate Web 2.0 technologies; a combination of services and applications enhancing the ability for participation and two-way communication.

Web 2.0 includes popular social networking tools such as Twitter, RSS, Facebook, Flickr, and Delicious, all of which Signals will be using and integrating into our website. You will also have the option of subscribing to the Signals e-newsletter to make sure you continue to receive the latest IT news.

The new Signals site is built using WordPress; a popular, feature-rich, user-friendly, and highly customizable blogging software. At first glance, visitors will notice the ability to comment on articles. You will also notice full-color photos, an area with top news stories, and the ability to browse and search on specific categories or topics.

The new Signals website will be launched in time for fall semester. Stay tuned to unh.edu/signals for more details.

 

Signals Web 2.0 Primer

CIS Staff

Summer, 2009

 

The new Signals website will utilize the following social networking tools:

Word Press Plugins
The new Signals website will be built on a Wordpress platform, an open source, dynamic environment which allows for greater visitor interaction. As with many open source environments, developers work behind the scenes to continually enhance Wordpress. Plugins are part of this constantly developing world, and allow for complete customization of websites. ‘Share This’ is an example of a plugin implemented into the new Signals website, which allows visitors to share articles through various methods, including E-mail, Instant Messenger, Facebook, Linked In, and many more.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
RSS feeds bring the Web to the user. Signals RSS subscribers can receive alerts through an RSS Reader or Aggregator, which can be accessed one of three different ways:

  1. Through a free subscription to web-based RSS readers (such as Newsgator, Bloglines, or Google Reader)
  2. Through a web browser’s bookmarks which update in live-time
  3. Through Outlook 2007 where RSS feeds come in as E-mail messages which filter into a special RSS folder instead of your Inbox

 

RSS is changing the way Internet users get their information - whether it’s news, sports, weather, or IT information from Signals and IT Pipeline. Instead of going to the Web, the Web comes to you.

Go to unh.edu/signals to sign up for the Signals RSS feed.

Flickr
At flickr.com, members have the ability to share digital photos with the world. Signals will be using Flickr as a central repository for digital photos. Flickr is intuitive and user-friendly. Most users with minimal software knowledge will find the navigation simple, the layout eye-pleasing, and the overall experience energizing. Flickr is not only a wonderful arena to post and view photos, it’s also a great way to connect with people who have similar interests. These interests become apparent by each user’s photostream, which is typically comprised of subjects which pique their interest. Many features have been developed on Flickr over the years, most notably their blogging software. These blogs are also used to post information about the existing groups within the community. Many users also link existing blogs, forums, and websites to their Flickr homepages.

Visit flickr.com for more information.

Go to flickr.com/photos/unhsignals to view Signal’s Flickr account.

del.icio.us
Del.icio.us is a web-based social bookmarking site which allows users to create an account (accessible from any computer with a network connection), to store, share, and research Internet favorites/bookmarks. Signals will be sharing article-relevant bookmarks on
del.icio.us. The initial benefits of using del.icio.us are obvious; users’ favorites are always available on any computer. Del.icio.us also offers the ability to easily share favorites with others, offering a way to collaborate on projects or research. And users can take advantage of the social bookmarking aspect to really maximize the use of del.icio.us. Use del.icio.us to find out what everyone else is bookmarking on specific topics.

Visit delicious.com for more information.Go to delicious.com/unhsignals to get our del.icio.us favorites.


Twitter
Twitter is a free social-networking tool that keeps you connected to friends, family, and social organizations all in real time. Also described as “micro-blogging,” Twitter provides users a short but quick burst of information, news, and useful links. (Each post is referred to as a “tweet.”) Members can follow friends, who, in turn can sign up to follow you! In short, Twitter is another great way to stay connected and share information. You can receive Signals tweets by following us on Twitter.

Visit twitter.com for more information.

Go to twitter.com/unhsignals to follow Signals on Twitter.


Facebook
Facebook is a social networking website which allows users to communicate and interact with other members. It also allows users to post comments on posted items, which helps initiate and facilitate dialog. Signals has created a Facebook page as an IT conduit for the campus community.

Visit facebook.com and search on ‘UNH Signals’ to view the Signals Facebook site.