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…Claytorial wants to help you understand?

Claytorial

Claytorial is the claymation version of Common Craft, and their goal is to “help people understand complicated things”.

Their first demo is for a magazine called More2Girls, and it shows off what they’ve got in store, though I can’t wait to see what they can with a concept like the Google spider, which is currently in their upcoming section.

For now though, it’s a great start, and a good look at an area that I think we’ll see a lot of in the coming year. (Explanations for complex technologies and services in simple and easy to understand ways.)

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…Today is RSS Awareness Day?

RSS Awareness Day

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is “a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts”.

The main reason people use RSS is that it allows them to subscribe to sites that they like, and then view that site’s content without actually viewing the site itself. This can be a huge time saver when you’re following a large number of different sites, and allows you to automatically receive new content when it’s available.

For an impressively clear explanation, check out the following video:

To get started with RSS, you’ll need an RSS reader. Many people either use Google’s free online reader, Google Reader, or any of the NewsGator products.

Next, you’ll need to find RSS feeds to subscribe to. Most of your favorite sites probably already have them, so just keep an eye out for the RSS symbol:

RSS Icons

If you’re using Firefox, check the address bar, as Firefox automatically looks for an RSS feed and places the RSS logo in the address bar if it finds one.

Once you click on that symbol, you’ll typically be taken to a site that allows you to select your subscription options. It shouldn’t take more than a few clicks, and then you should be all configured and ready to go.

(If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the DYH RSS Feed for all of the latest and greatest DYH content.)

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[Wikipedia – RSS]

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…Twitter is easy to understand?

Twitter MeSo you’ve seen the “Twitter Me” button in my sidebar, but aren’t quite sure what this Twitter thing is all about huh?

Well then check out this fantastic (and short) video from Common Craft called Twitter in Plain English.

It’s designed to tell you all about the micro-blogging service in words that anyone can understand, and it’ll have you joining the Twitter army (Twittarmy?) in no time.

[Via: Common Craft]