Gallery of apps for WordPress.com launched

January 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

Between the recently discovered hack to access WordPress.com via the Twitter API and Hootsuite now supporting it, using 3rd-party applications with WP.com is hotter than ever. Which is why you should check out the just-launched Apps for WordPress.com page.

In there are familiar faces like the iPhone and Blackberry apps, as well as popular software for the desktop, but what’s notable is the presence of microblogging apps Spaz, Tweetie, Twitterrific, and Hootsuite. What were once limited for Twittering have now expanded into other networks such as Facebook, FriendFeed, and now WordPress.com.

If you think blogging is dead because these microblogging services have taken over, think again! Let WP.com join the fray and let you take publishing everywhere.

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How to use the WP.me URL shortener for self-hosted WordPress

December 21, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress.com users have enjoyed the WP.me URL shortener since August, but here’s a neat discovery for self-hosted WordPress users, courtesy of the folks at WP Tavern: if you upgrade to WordPress 2.9 and install the WordPress.com Stats plugin, you can get to use WP.me too. Once you type in a post title, a “Get Shortlink” button will appear right beside the “Edit” button for the post permalink. For example, the clicking on said button gives us the shortlink http://wp.me/pely2-Aq.

What do you think of the requirements? Stats buffs probably won’t mind grabbing yet another analytics plugin if they haven’t already. But upgrading to WordPress 2.9 this early might still be discouraging.

What exactly is more attractive about choosing to use WP.me over, say, native post ID-based permalinks instead? Probably the number of characters you can save with a much shorter URL.

But take note that both Google and Facebook have just rolled out their own URL shorteners in goo.gl and fb.me. Seems like the URL shortening arena is getting more serious competition than ever.

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WordPress.com rolls out URL shortener, WP.me

August 17, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WP.me URL shortener

WordPress.com, whose frontpage just underwent a makeover, has finally rolled out its own URL shortening service, WP.me, to benefit its microblogging crowd. The feature is built right into the post editor: just click on the Shorten button and you can grab a short link 70% smaller than your permalink.

Another great advantage of having this built right into WordPress.com is its rel=shortlink code integrated automatically into the header. Automattic is also proud to say that WP.me will remain spam free, since they are constantly keeping tabs on and removing spam on WordPress.com.

That last feature will probably be the reason WP.me won’t be applicable to self-hosted WordPress sites, but I’m sure lots of WordPress.org would love to have access to the service.

Now that WordPress.com has a shortening service of its own, however, it erases the possibility of WP.com filling that need. So what will it be used for? Matt Mullenweg says it’s still a secret!

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Shorter WordPress blog post URLs for microblogging

April 25, 2009 | No Comments Yet

No need to send your blog post URLs through a URL shortener like TinyURL or bit.ly because you can just use WordPress’ built-in system! Here’s proof.

Remember Marghil’s “Plurk This” code for WordPress? It takes advantage of the post_ID permalink to use the shortest post URLs as possible, since in microblogging, every character saved counts.

Plus, since you’re using your own blog URL, followers will know exactly where your link is going, increasing the chances of their clicking on it.

Something to remember next time you promote your latest blog post on Twitter or Plurk.

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