Why I want you to pimp that Dashboard (and crash the Shuttle)

WordPress.com just got a new Dashboard and it looks nice. It’€™s a brushed up version of the original Dashboard that we all have learned to love, err, use at least. Nothing fancy, but an improvement which I like.

I also like Tiger Admin, a plugin for WordPress that makes most of your admin interface look cleaner and nicer. Some functionality is lost however, and I have experienced quite a few visual mistakes. Actually, the lost functionality is the visual mistakes come to think of it. I run Tiger Admin on my personal blog, but not in any of my other projects so far. Anyway, the Dashboard in Tiger Admin is good and I can imagine that Matt & Co. has looked a bit on it when doing the new Dashboard over at WordPress.com.

As have the Shuttle project, the next generation (sorry) admin layout for WordPress. I still don’€™t like it very much but perhaps it’€™ll get better.

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BBC joins the user contributed content gang

Pete Clifton, head of BBC News Interactive, has spoken on user contributed material coming for BBC in the future.

“It’s about having a place on the site where you can bring it all together, a ‘Your News’ place where we can really showcase the best of what we have.

Read more over at Journalism.co.uk.

This is, of course, not chocking news. BBC is usually pretty forward when it comes to their websites and it actually surprises me somewhat that they haven’€™t ventured into this in a serious manner before. Communicating with their users is nothing new though; I remember a nice videogames subsite that did that nicely. It might still be around…

YouTube Now a Tool of Local Elections as Well.

No longer the providence of the American political machine that is currently rampaging througout the states for Mid-term elections, it seems that politicos of all stripes, no matter how big or small you are, no matter where you are, are also embracing YouTube.  A piece in the Toronto Star discusses how the run for the mayorship of Toronto has all three leading candidates using YouTube:

Mayor Miller’s posting on YouTube looks and sounds like a slick TV commercial. It was actually produced for and screened at his campaign launch in the spring, and one of his staffers later suggested posting the item on YouTube, a website that had 19 million visitors in August. As of last night, Miller’s campaign video had been played 1,933 times

Mark Evans, however, makes a great point: 

The key questions are whether these videos raise the profile of elections to affect turnout, and whether these clips resonate with young people, who are showing less faith in politicians and little interest in voting. I would argue technology is just one piece of the puzzle.