Tag Archives: WordPress

Blackbird Pie Is Finally Here! It’s about Time

I’ve been using Twitter’s Blackbird Pie utility almost from the day it was released. Unfortunately, there aren’t many places where I can use it. It works on Gadling, Luxist and HuffPo, but not Business Insider. Until recently, it didn’t work on WordPress … but that just changed!

WordPress is actually making it incredibly easy to use Blackbird Pie (far easier than the original utility, which was pretty easy anyway.

So, what’s the implication of this … aside from my having a new social media tool to play with? Well, I have a lot more latitude in embedding tweets in my posts. So, I can start presenting Twitter users in their own words. This is particularly useful for me with people who don’t think before they tweet.

Phone Your Blog (via WordPress.com News)

This. Is. Awesome. Being able to call in blog posts is nothing short of incredible. Imagine being on the floor of a conference or trade show and phoning in real-time updates to the floor … and then tweeting them out to your followers! This truly mobile blogging. As a blogger (both corporate and mass media), my mind started racing at the possibilities. If you want to talk through anything, give me a shout.

(btw — as you can see, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the reblog feature in WordPress, too)

Phone Your Blog It’s happened to all of us. The night starts off innocently enough with a little gin and tonic, maybe a mojito, then next thing you know you’re doing tequila shots with the bartender and the girl from Brazil and you find yourself thinking it would be a treMENdous idea to call up your ex and see how they’re doin … Read More

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Aggregators Signal Change in Social Media

The nature of the new tools coming out in the social media space shows that the world is changing. Not too long ago, Twitter was the domain of insiders, and the term “MySpace refugee,” the result of the migration to Facebook, had not yet entered the cultural lexicon. In garages across the country, new social media platforms were being developed and launched … and they had a fighting chance at survival. The change in innovation, however, indicates that we’re entering a new phase in the social media evolution.

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Ditch Your Tag Cloud

Once upon a time, tag clouds were great navigational tools. In the early days of a blog’s life, it can help readers dig deeper into its content. After a while, however, the tag cloud will get far too big. It will look like shit and could scare readers away from using it. So, at some point, it’s time to get rid of the tag cloud.

Tags are great. The way WordPress works, tags create more pages, which will help you get search engine love. But, abundant tagging will crowd your cloud. So, to maintain the aesthetic, you sacrifice traffic. The compromise is to get rid of the tag cloud. Then, you can tag as much as you want.

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Migrant Blogger: The WordPress Ninja

So, I have finally figured out how to schedule publication in WordPress. I am writing this on Sunday night, and I’m shooting to have it up on the 19th– Friday. I’ve scheduled a number of articles to go live throughout the week. When you see this, just know that I’ve taken my blogging skills to the next level.