September 23, 2010

WordPress For iPhone: Video Uploading Now Included!

After many weeks of anticipation, it looks like Automattic has finally submitted their latest update for WordPress for iPhone, which now officially supports video uploading.

The new WordPress for iPhone app also comes with a slightly new UI, which easily allows users to sign up for a WordPress.com account directly from the app without having to use a notebook or PC.

I have been testing out the app (via Ad hoc) for the past week across multiple servers (as well as WordPress.com) and thus far the updated app is (for the most part) an improvement over the last version.

For those of you wondering how WordPress for iPhone compares against its WP siblings (I’m looking at you Android and Blackberry!), here is an in depth review below. read more

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Foursquare Will Soon Tell You Where To Eat

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Dennis CrowleyFoursquare is rolling out a new tool which uses check-in activity to recommend restaurants in the users immediate vicinity.

According to About Foursquare the tool is being tested internally and Foursquare developers hope to release the program to third-party developers who can use the companies API to generate recommendations for various other applications.

Currently the program works by using nearby restaurant reviews (what restaurants are most popular), what restaurants are on the users to-do-list and places you have checked into recently to promote where you might like to eat.

According to SFGate:

It’s an interesting idea, and in-line with founder Dennis Crowley’s stated vision of making Foursquare more about transforming how people explore the world.

It’s probably only a matter of time before sponsored recommendations begin showing up next to other recommendations.

The move is an important step for Foursquare as their location based space continues to become more populated, including the recently launched Facebook Places which is expected to add more Facebook integration as the program develops.

Here’s a video of Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley announcing the new recommendations feature: read more

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Mark Zuckerberg Donates $100 Million To New Jersey Schools

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Mark ZuckerbergWhen Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook he became the youngest self-made billionaire of all-time and now he’s given back with a $100 million donation to the Newark public school system.

Newarks Democratic Mayor Corey Booker helped secure the funds which will be officially announced alongside New Jersey governor Chris Christie this Friday on the Oprah Winfrey show. With the $100 million Booker expected to find matching funds, giving the school district $200 million in much needed money.

The money is expected to reverse state control of the school system, instead putting it back into the hands of Newark and more specifically under the country of Booker. Under his control Booker is expected to go against local teaching unions and expanded charter school and set new teacher appraisal standards. read more

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September 22, 2010

Facebook Network Issues Blamed On Network Provider

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FacebookSome of Facebook’s users today were without access to the popular social media site, an outage Facebook officials say occured due a third party networking provider error.

The outage didn’t affect all users and Facebook told social media site Mashable:

“We are experiencing an issue with a third party networking provider that is causing problems for some people trying to connect to Facebook,”  adding  “We are in contact with this provider in order to explore what can be done to resolve the issue. In the meantime, we are working on deploying changes to bypass the affected connections.”

The problem with third party issues? Good luck trying to get an ETA for when the issue will be fixed and you’re left with nothing.

Have you been experiencing any issues with the site? Leave us your comments if you have.

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September 21, 2010

Movable Type Receiving New Ownership? (Six Apart Assimilation)

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Sad news for Movable Type fans. It looks like the reports of Six Apart’s demise (or rather assimilation) will come to light tomorrow as Michael Arrington is reporting that VideoEgg will be acquiring Six Apart (and their various properties).

Advertising network VideoEgg will acquire blogging and advertising network Six Apart, and the combined entity will be renamed Say Media. The companies will officially announce the transaction tomorrow. VideoEgg CEO Matt Sanchez will run the combined entity as CEO. Six Apart CEO Chris Alden will step down. (via TechCrunch)

According to TechCrunch, VideoEgg (or rather Say Media) will keep Typepad and Movable Type alive, although it’s uncertain whether this merger will help the service and software platforms make a come back in the age of social blogging.

With Tumblr on the rise and Automattic expanding the WordPress empire (not to mention the rise of WordPress only hosting companies recently) the future for Movable Type doesn’t look very good.

Hopefully this merger can bring some much needed innovation to the MT universe, who despite its fall from the limelight is still one of the premier blogging platforms available.

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Twitter Explains Away “onMouseOver” Attack

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After receiving numerous reports from the twitterverse and blogosphere, Twitter has finally posted an explanation regarding the “onMouseOver” exploit.

The short story: This morning at 2:54 am PDT Twitter was notified of a security exploit that surfaced about a half hour before that, and we immediately went to work on fixing it. By 7:00 am PDT, the primary issue was solved. And, by 9:15 am PDT, a more minor but related issue tied to hovercards was also fixed.

The longer story: The security exploit that caused problems this morning Pacific time was caused by cross-site scripting (XSS). Cross-site scripting is the practice of placing code from an untrusted website into another one. In this case, users submitted javascript code as plain text into a Tweet that could be executed in the browser of another user. (Official Twitter Blog)

The company acknowledges that the exploit seemed to be geared more towards pranking users or promotion (note: of what the Twitter teams fails to elaborate), although they also stated that the exploit thus far didn’t seem to cause mayhem upon anyone’s computer.

According to Twitter the “onMouseOver” exploit only affected users tweeting from Twitter.com, as users utilizing official or third party apps (i.e. Twitter for iPad, Echofon, etc.) were not affected.

While this hack did cause an uproar in the twitterverse (as few knew how dangerous the exploit was), it probably justifies Twitter stance on using their own short URL in order to verify links being shared online.

Either way users should always be careful upon clicking links on Twitter, and only click on links from people (or organizations) that they trust.

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Posterous Ponders Blackberry App

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It looks like WordPress and Tumblr may “soon” face some mobile competition on the Blackberry front, respectively, as Posterous has just tweeted that they are seriously considering a Blackberry app.

@posterous is there a (free) app for blackberry users to use posterous? (via @HWY)

@hwy No, not yet. We are planning to add more apps soon, but for the next few months, you’ll have to email [email protected] from your BB (via @Posterous)

Even though Posterous has an iPhone app by the name of PicPosterous (that truth be told is rather lacking when compared against Tumblr for iPhone), their lack of mobile presence elsewhere is rather puzzling in the age of smartphones.

Although it’s assumed that the company will probably release an Android app, hopefully the Posterous team can focus on providing more features such as comment moderation, social sharing options (think Hellotxt) and the ability to upload multiple videos and photos in a single post.

Currently users can simply email virtually anything to their Posterous account (such as video, audio, excel files, etc.), although a decent smartphone app upon Blackberry, Android and iPhone could help propel Posterous ahead of its rivals (especially if users can upload anything to their blog from within the app).

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18 Types of Posts That Get More Comments

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Guest Bio: David Smith works for Conversion Optimization Company Invesp and enjoys writing on SEO, landing pages, conversion rate optimization and affiliate marketing.

Are you tired of seeing no or very less comments on your blog posts? Do you feel sad when you find out that no one wants to spend his 2 minutes in leaving a comment on the post which took hours of your efforts? If the answer to above questions is Yes, then here is good news for you, on average more than 80% of blogs suffers from “No Comments” disease. And to help you in getting rid of it, we’ve compiled a list of 18 types of posts that always gets lot of comments.

But before jumping to the list, what you need to understand is that number of comments is not an accurate index to measure success of blog. There are many other factors that determine the success of a blog – traffic, affiliate sales, advertisers etc. And if you can see a consistent increase on those departments then there is no reason to worry about comments. Now without further adieu, here are the 18 types of posts that can get you the maximum number of comments. read more

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Facebook Girl Accidentally Invites 20,000+ People To Party

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Well doesn’t that suck. 14 year old Rebecca Javeleau meant to invite her closest friends to her party, but instead she ended up inviting over 20,000 people, many of whom RSPV’d for the event.

According to Tracey Livesey, the girls mother, the event, set for October 7th has been cancelled and police are stepping up patrol in the girls Harpenden neighborhood for fear that thousands of partygoers may crash the area.

According to Rebecca, she meant to only invite 15 friends of her Facebook friends for her 15th birthday, but instead ended up with 21,000 invites. read more

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September 20, 2010

What Would A Facebook Phone Look Like? Speculating Over A Rumor

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Facebook PhoneThere’s speculation surfacing today form the Washington Post that a Facebook phone may be in the works. While details about the phone are yet unknown or confirmed it’s probably safe to assume that the device wouldn’t feature an all encompassing mobile operating system like the iPhone OS or Google Android, after all that’s not what Facebook developers do, however it would be fun to predict what Facebook might offer.

First, I assume the device wouldn’t be as expensive as a high-end Smartphone, rather falling in the “mid-range” area. Facebook wants their users to stay connected to their site and engage with their property when on other websites (Like buttons, Share buttons, etc), a decent browser with built in “like” functionality would make sense, but the ability to add third-party, non-Facebook platform based apps and perform other functions outside of emailing probably wouldn’t be of big concern, at least not during the company’s first foray into the market. If they really wanted an OS they could just hack apart Google Android much in the same way Verizon and other companies have made that system their own (gotta love Linux open source platforms).

The phone would probably offer a dedicated “Like” button that could be used when browsing the web, allowing users to share posts from any website they choose, regardless of whether that site offers Like buttons of their own. read more

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