WordPress Helps Bring Transparency To Group Blogs
After releasing a social plugin to the WordPress masses, it looks like the boys and girls at Automattic (the creators of WordPress) have unveiled another feature that might appeal to group bloggers everywhere.
Have you ever read one of your old posts and thought something was different? Maybe a few words were changed, the formatting was different, or an entire paragraph was missing. You poured your heart and soul into the post and didn’t know someone changed it after you hit publish. If this sounds familiar, you probably have a multi-author blog. :-)
Today we’re launching a feature called Email Post Changes to help blogs with multiple authors collaborate better on the same posts and pages. If you turn it on, we’ll instantly notify you by email whenever a change is made to a post on your site. You’ll recognize the format of the email is the same as post revisions, making it easy to see exactly what has changed. (Official WordPress Blog)
This collaboration tool is very useful for group blogs (especially those with a lead editor), as contributers can be alerted to necessary changes to posts (i.e. grammar, spelling, etc.) which will hopefully improve future content upon the site.
It can also be used as a tool to alert you of “mysterious affiliate links” appearing in your posts if a hacker gains access to your blog.
Email Post Changes is currently live for WP.com users, although Automattic has created a WordPress plugin for those of you who choose to host your WP blog upon your own server.
Darnell Clayton is a geek who discovered blogging long before he heard of the word "blog" (he called them "web journals" then). When he is not tweeting, friendfeeding, or blogging about space, he enjoys running, reading and describing himself in third person.