April 15, 2010

WordPress Launches Theme Team, Challenges Blogger For Theme Supremacy

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Even though WordPress already has a large selection of themes, it looks like the WP masters were not thrilled with what they currently had in their inventory.

In order to help widen the selection of themes available, Automattic is launching “The Theme Team” which they hope will attract more quality theme developers as well as more themes for WP.com and WP.org.

I’m super-excited to announce to you today that WordPress.com now has an official Theme Team. In a nutshell, we’re a bunch of people who really care about WordPress Themes and want to see them get better and better—on WordPress.com and for every WordPress.org user. And yes, that means we’re getting more themes, more often. […] read more

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Will Google Help Twitter Build An Android App?

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Yesterday at the Chirp conference (where Twitter revealed they had over 100 million users), founder Evan Williams revealed that Twitter will launch an Android twitter app to the masses.

The Android app will help compliment their recent purchase of Tweetie as well as RIM’s official Blackberry twitter app (which Twitter is claiming isn’t official, but whatever).

While some are speculating that Twitter will partner with a phone manufacturer or simply buy an Android Twitter app (like Touiteur, TweetCaster or Seesmic), Twitter may once again disrupt the developer community and have Google build them an Android app instead. read more

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BloggingPro Launches Job Board: Free Blogger Job Listings

Our sister site, BloggingPro recently announced the launch of a new and free job board for bloggers:

After many years of existence BloggingPro has become one of the major blogs in the blogging and blog software scene. Of course we plan to continue expanding our horizons and deliver you more blogging news and tips, but that is not all and we here at BP want to deliver our users even more.

In our continuing effort to offer more to our readers, I am happy to announce the addition of the BloggingPro Job Board to the site.

Free Blogger Job Listings

Jobs can be added in three different categories: blogger jobs, blog designers needed and developers needed. read more

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April 14, 2010

Twitter Has Over A 100 Million Users!

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It looks as if Biz Stone (aka @Biz) just revealed that Twitter has over 100 million users while presenting some brief stats at Chirp (Twitter’s developers conference) which users can watch live via Justin.TV.

For comparison, Facebook has over 400 million users and MySpace (according to Quancast) has 185 million users.

Twitter also mentioned that 75% of their traffic comes from outside of Twitter (as only 1 in 4 users actually visit and use Twitter.com). This may explain why Twitter decided to acquire Tweetie as well as partner with RIM to launch the Official Twitter Blackberry app (before recanting “its officialness“).

Currently (as I type) Evan Williams (@Ev) is on stage explaining the history, background and culture of Twitter, as well as the overall infrastructure of Twitter (a talk that may appeal more to geeks than to the average blogger).

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April 13, 2010

Cuil Scraping, Schmidt disses Blogging and Twitter does Paid Tweets

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Here’s a roundup, of sorts, of a few of the happenings around the blogosphere, search and social media over the past couple days.

Cuil Scraping

Cuil, the search engine that nobody has ever heard of, has jumped the gun on the tried and true “let’s dominate search and then try to transform ourselves into content producers” recently with it’s launch of Cpedia, an automated aggregator they’re trying to pass of as Wikipedia-like.

Cuil’s top guy, Tom Costello, blogged: read more

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April 12, 2010

Twitter Gets Twee.tt, Not Twe.et, Forgets About Twi.tt Though

If there’s one thing that never gets old, even not after almost 4 years which is more than an eternity online, Ev and Co. continue to provide us with food for the never-ending story of making fun of the name.

Of course I had to dig out the original logo and name twatter twttr for this occasion and after last year’s Twitter Can’t Get Tweet Because Too Many Tweets Out There, today bring us another winner. Once more Techcrunch brings the story: Twitter has registered the ‘shorturl’ Twee.tt. According to Techcrunch’s Erik Schonfeld plans for the domain have not been disclosed yet:

To be clear, just because it owns the Twee.tt URL doesn’t mean that Twitter is planning on doing anything with it. Twitter owns many domains which it is just sitting on, preventing others from acquiring, or reserving for future use. Twitter also owns twitter.tt and someone applied for twe.tt on March 27, 2010. None of the .tt domains are yet live. [source]

Of course there was no way that I could miss out on this awesome opportunity to make fun of the name. Once more.
I wonder if they could register twt.tr. No, I will not register fran.ky!

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Blackberry Approves Official Tumblr App (A Month Late)

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After announcing the launch of Tumblr for Blackberry almost a month ago, it looks as if the boys and girls at RIM have finally listed Tumblr upon Blackberry App World.

We’re proud to announce that Tumblr BlackBerry App has been approved on BlackBerry App World, so fire up your BlackBerry and get to downloading. Future updates will be delivered through App World so that you’re alerted when the new stuff drops. This version also fixes a few pesky bugs with character encoding. (Tumblr Staff)

The Blackberry Tumblr app is nearly identical to its iPhone sibling, both which were built by Moblux (who originally created Tumblrette for the iPhone, before being anointed by the Tumblr team to make an official app).

Tumblr has not yet revealed whether they will consider creating an app for Android and Nokia fans, as well as an official iPad app for bloggers (who may appreciate the wider screen space).

Being listed upon Blackberry App world should help Tumblr compete against WordPress (who also has a Blackberry app), as well as Blogger and Squarespace (the latter two whose presence is sorely lacking upon the Blackberry App world).

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7 Steps to Build A Better Blog

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This is a guest post by Onibalusi Bamidele, a 16 year old young entrepreneur.

Building a better blog is not that easy, it requires dedication and sometimes it requires parting with your money. Why build a better blog you ask? Building a better blog is critical to your online success and all the elements listed below will help you have a better blogging experience.

Nice Design

So many people think this is not a criterion but so many people tend to leave some blogs if it does not have a good design. You need to have a nice and good looking blog, that has a
better design and that easily draws people attention. They all want information and there are several places to get the same information you provide on the internet so you have to give them a good reason to even read your blog, a good design comes in in this place because so many people believe people with good designs have good content while
those with a poor design have poor content. It might not be easy to get a free wordpress theme that will help your blog look more unique, you might need to buy a premium theme which makes your blog look even more better. The Thesis wordpress theme is a good example to use, you can get a custom designer to help you customize it to the look of your
blog. You are parting with your money but having the right theme will pay off later. read more

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More Tweet Drama: Twitter Recants Official Blackberry App, Offers Free Tickets To Chirp

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After giving their official blessing upon the Blackberry twitter app (developed by RIM), it looks as if Twitter has come to the conclusion that anointing RIM’s creation as the official app was a dumb idea after all (via Mashable).

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continue to focus on what is best for users and we will work together to make sure that we are creating more opportunities for the ecosystem on the whole. We will also admit our mistakes when they are made and the Blackberry client should never have been labeled “official”. It has since been changed and you won’t see that language used with Twitter clients in the future. (Ryan Sarver of Twitter Development Talk)

It is not clear whether the same “officialness” will apply to Tweetie as well, which Twitter purchased for an undisclosed sum of money. read more

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April 10, 2010

Twitter Buys Tweetie, Kills Off Third Party Apps (For iPhone And iPad)

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Right after giving their blessing upon the official Blackberry Twitter app (made by RIM), Twitter now has decided to buy Tweetie from AteBits, and releasing it to the masses for free.

Careful analysis of the Twitter user experience in the iTunes AppStore revealed massive room for improvement. People are looking for an app from Twitter, and they’re not finding one. So, they get confused and give up. It’s important that we optimize for user benefit and create an awesome experience.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve entered into an agreement with Atebits (aka Loren Brichter) to acquire Tweetie, a leading iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks. Loren will become a key member of our mobile team that is already having huge impact with device makers and service providers around the world. Loren’s work won the 2009 Apple Design Award and we will eventually launch Twitter for iPad with his help. (Official Twitter Blog)

Although this is great news for AteBits (whose founder is ecstatic right now), this is horrible news for numerous third party developers (like Echofon, Twittelator, SimplyTweet, and TweetDeck) who may have to join the ranks of the gloriously unemployed in the semi-near future. read more

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