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Recently, I wrote a review for Groundswell. Today, I want to show how we are trying to utilize some of these technologies with 2 goals in mind,
- Make it easier for you to follow MuslimMatters through our various avenues (blog, podcast, newsfeed, etc.)
- Get some ideas for utilizing these technologies in your own projects.
RSS – If you are reading this blog article and still don't know what RSS is, you need to get with the program :)
Basically it generates messages that you can subscribe to in a blog reader (like Google Reader). This allows you to follow all the sites you read without having to continuously visit them. Think of it like getting a whole bunch of email updates for every article from all your favorite sites. This may sound overwhelming to some, but its an easy way to follow what interests you. Personally, I have over 100 websites in my Google Reader, however, I usually do not spend more than 15 minutes going through it. Not every article will interest you, so it's a quick way to sift through and find what you like – without really missing anything.
We wrote a tutorial on using RSS that you can access here.
MuslimMatters RSS feed
RSS Feed for all Comments posted on MM
Or if you want to skip all that geeky mumbo-jumbo, go here to just get a simple daily email update on the new posts at MuslimMatters.
Podcast – This is the easiest way to stay tuned into all the latest MM audio and video. Oftentimes lectures are mixed in with other content, or the best resources are often collections only. This podcast gives Muslims an easy way to follow original content primarily focused around our on-board Shuyūkh. This is one facet of MM that I am personally the most passionate about. We may feature other content now and then, but it is also our aim to keep the content original (such as the Beard Interview) and free. So plug in your iPod or mp3 player (or just subscribe and download the files to your PC). If you need a refresher on podcasts, visit our launch post.
Subscribe DIRECTLY in iTunes by clicking here
Regular subscription to podcast (you can also use any RSS reader)
One other benefit of subscribing in iTunes is that it helps push the MM podcast higher up in the rankings in iTunes.
As an aside, if you are hosting any of our on-board Shuyūkh for any programs, please try to record the khutbahs or other talks they give and email them to us. We will gladly post them on our site and podcast, and also give your organization credit inshā'Allāh.
Facebook – This is pretty much self explanatory. The MM Facebook group can be found here and has over 1300 members. Join the group and profess your love as a die-hard MuslimMatters fan. Post on the wall and let us know how you just can't get enough of reading MM everyday. Or let us know how you think MM is the most evil fitnah to ever face the Internet, and is the primary source of misguidance for the masses of ignorant Muslims online (but you also still can't stop reading it every day). Either way, the social media is available to facilitate your feedback.
Twitter – This is perhaps the newest and one of the more innovative integrations MM has made into the social media scene. The MuslimMatters Twitter feed is the perfect complement to the MuslimMatters blog. It is, by definition, a microblog. The twitter feed allows MM to share all kinds of news and updates that we otherwise may not have had a chance to make into a formal post replete with editorial and grammatical errors. The primary function for now is to post news stories relevant to Muslims, or simply other items people involved with MM find interesting.
If you can't be bothered to learn a new technology and figure it out, don't worry. You can see the latest 'postings' on the right side of the main page, or the right side of any article on MuslimMatters. If you are on twitter, follow us and say hi.
Technorati is a blog ranking service. Basically, it lets you know how 'influential' a blog is. It does this by seeing how other blogs link to it. For example, HuffingtonPost may publish an article. After that, 100 blogs may write an article referencing that HuffingtonPost piece. This means, that the HuffingtonPost is obviously gaining influence if 100 other blogs are linking back to them. This increases their ranking and influence. Influence matters because if HuffingtonPost now writes an article, and links to … say … MuslimMatters, MM will now receive a boost because such an influential site linked to it.
If you're on Technorati, please stop by and add us to your favorites. Alḥamdulillāh, MuslimMatters currently has a ranking of about #17,600 out of all the millions of blogs on the Internet (including non-religious blogs).
Email List – Finally something traditional. Our e-mail list is used to send out recaps and highlights of what is going on at MM. Our goal is to not send out more than 2 emails a month, so if you are a more casual reader of MM, this is definitely worth signing up for. If you are a regular reader, it's an easy way of making sure you didn't miss anything really important. Go ahead and sign up for our email list here.