Month: January 2014

Prompt: Facebook’s new “Trending” feature

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Van Djick, in her book “The Culture of Connectivity,” cites Mark Zuckerberg’s interview with Time magazine reporter Dan Fletcher, where Zuckerberg was quoted saying, “the default (of Facebook) is social.” The very nature of Facebook, from Facebook’s infancy, is to socially connect people around the world, make new connections, and reignite old connections from people and friends of the past. In order to stay on the ball, from a business standpoint, it was almost required that Facebook incorporate a new feature that is popular on other social media networks, especially it’s immediate foe in Twitter. Adding the “Trending” feature fits right in with Facebook’s chief operations officer, Sheryl Sandberg’s, proclamation: “We have really big aspirations around making the world a more open and transparent place; we define our aspirations more in terms of that mission than in terms of the company’s aspirations.” Therefor, “Facebook’s mantra” is their mission is “not just a corporate one,” but one that is based on society’s interests as well. In order to maintain in tight competition with Twitter, Facebook saw an opportunity to grow as a company and an opportunity to appeal to the mass of Facebook users.

Personally, I look at this from a business standpoint. 20-somethings are using Facebook less and less, and I think Facebook analyzed some information and tried to see what exactly is so appealing about Twitter. In an attempt to compete, Facebook added the “Trend”, and I don’t think it was such a bad idea. Again, analytically and from a business perspective, Facebook’s “like” button allows companies to see how many people “like” a post or product, Facebook also has a feature that shows how many people have “seen” a post, and those things come up on your News Feed…these are all influential in how people do business and market through social media. The “Trend” feature simply takes what is being talked about by all different networks of people, and the trending topics don’t inflate your News Feed.

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The New iOS and Android Apps Have Arrived!

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More and more of us are blogging from our mobile devices. Today, we’re thrilled to announce new versions of the WordPress mobile apps for Android and iOS. Here are some of the new versions’ highlights.

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WordPress for iOS 3.9

The latest WordPress for iOS update is one of our largest app releases to date. This update is remarkable both for the significant changes we’ve introduced, and for the level of dedication it received from our hard-working team members.

Version 3.9 includes a major visual redesign of the app. We decided to drop the sidebar navigation and embrace a tab bar-based layout. The app’s new design allowed us to add numerous visual improvements throughout, including revamped and enhanced Reader, Comments, and Notifications sections. We also created a seamless inline commenting experience to make it easier for you to engage with the content you love. Finally, we made visual improvements to the…

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Need Feedback? Hone Your Blogging with a Workshop

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If you want to get better at anything — playing the violin, swimming, building scale models of historic buildings from sticks of gum — you need feedback on your work. Blogging is no different; feedback on writing, photography, or blogger skills like layouts and editorial calendars helps you improve those elements. There’s a reason people studying writing and photography “workshop” their stuff.

Is it hard to open your creative output to direct, potentially not-so-glowing feedback? Heck yes! But you learn, and you get better. Why not try an informal blogging workshop? You’ll get helpful insight into your work and make some great connections along the way.

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“Today’s class will be held entirely through….Twitter?”

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So I was Facebooking for the first time in like months and I stumbled upon this post from a former high school peer of mine who graduated with much higher grades than I did and went on to get a lot more money than I did to a much bigger school than I ended up going to, and I was immediately intrigued. I mean, even in my own lifetime, people probably couldn’t imagine the interconnectedness of the world today, brought together by the internet and social media, and now the world we live in is closer than ever…like everyone is friends with each other…or everyone is closer to being friends with everyone compared to 20 years ago. But who would’ve imagined that entire college classes would be held entirely through social media accounts? I think we should try this before the semester is over…(cough cough) 🙂

Publicize Crash Course: Facebook, Google+, and Twitter

Bloggers out there are wondering why their work isn’t gaining the attention they feel it deserves, but little do they know that the publicity is just a few clicks away. If bloggers choose to use the WordPress platform for inking their creative genius, there are tools that connect WordPress blogs to social media accounts—allowing blogs to access to millions of potential followers. We have talked a lot in class about the intentions of the internet to create a community and the desire for interconnectedness, and now more than ever are we connected to one another, and we are brought especially close through internet webs of connectivity such social media accounts, blogs, etc.
The opening line of the post sort of reminds me of my English Lit class and Percy Shelley’s desire for followers of his poetry. It’s cool to see that over the course of however many years it’s been since Percy Shelley was alive and well and writing, gaining “followers” through marketing your work has remained a constant. WordPress has all different sorts of tools that access your social media accounts and publicize your work; especially useful if you are trying to gain readership. If only Shelley had a Twitter…

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“I’m publishing posts every day, but where are my readers?”

While there’s no exact science to successfully building a readership, you have a number of built-in tools on WordPress.com to share your work with the world. Our advice? Hook up your various social accounts to WordPress.com and let us do the rest. We want to emphasize, especially to our newest users, that no blog is an island. Clicking Publish is just the first step, and sharing your work across the internet is key to expanding your audience.

What is Publicize?

With Publicize, you can automatically push out your new posts to social networks: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Path.

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Connecting to your accounts is easy, and you can select which ones to link to your WordPress.com account. To get started, head over to Settings → Sharing. At the top of the page, you’ll see the options pictured…

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Blogging on the Go: Creating Content on the WordPress App

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Rumor has it that kids these days use magical objects called “smartphones” and “tablets.” So do their grandparents, apparently.

It’ll come as no surprise to anyone (unless you’re leaving off the grid, in which case, how are you reading this?!) that we are producing and consuming more and more content via our mobile devices. How does blogging play into this trend? Are we facing the end of blogs as we know them?

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Creating Community and Getting Inspired with Blog Hops and Events

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As Donkey sings in Shrek 2: One…is the loneliest number that you ever saw…. Writing a blog need not be a lonely or isolating experience. Doing a blog hop, participating in a blogging event or creating and running an event or a challenge (like the photo and writing challenges we run here at The Daily Post), are great ways to meet others who share your interests, discover new writers and sites you can add to your Reader, and find inspiration for new posts.

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Social Traffic: Five Ways to Make Posts More Shareable

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What blogger doesn’t feel a twinge of envy reading a runaway viral success story like Seth’s — 26 million views? Whoa!

We may not all be viral sensations, but we can make sure our posts are primed for sharing. Shareable content is about more than making sure there are Facebook and Twitter links at the ends of your posts. Here are five more ways to up the odds your readers (and their readers) will share your post far and wide.

1. One blogger published a post with a great title — and you’ll never guess what happened next!

There’s a reason you see so many Upworthy posts in your social network feeds: their titles are catchy, intriguing, and crafted to get you to click.

A strong title can mean the difference between hundreds of readers — or none. Between the 1.4 million posts published on WordPress.com every single day and the…

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Around the World in Eight Posts (and Four Photos)

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The WordPress.com community is a truly global phenomenon. With bloggers spread across every corner of the world, the stories we encounter daily in the Reader give us an unfiltered snapshot of the world we share.

Today, we offer you a free round-the-world ticket — through the personal perspectives of people with deep connections to the places that feature in their blogs. From Antarctica to Wisconsin, these eight posts and four photos will give you a taste of each locale’s uniqueness and complexity.

We start our tour in San Francisco, California, where the tech boom that’s made blogs and social networks possible is also leaving entire communities struggling and forgotten. In Where No Google Buses Go, the journalist behind Pueblo Lands gives us a sobering look at the rising inequality in the prosperous Bay Area.

Jumping to the other side of the world, Heather Mason, the blogger at 2Summersrecently

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A World Through Lo-Fi: Using Filters on Your Images

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Earlier this month, we discussed cropping as a quick fix to your images. Since Instagram, Hipstamatic, and similar photo apps and editors are so popular, let’s talk about using the filters on these types of tools, too. If you’re already using filtered images on your blog, or if you’re wondering if it’s worth experimenting with, dive in.

Some photographers would rather not use instant effects, like Instagram’s popular Earlybird and Lo-Fi filters, at all. In some cases, you might take a perfectly fine photograph and taint it with unnecessary saturation and contrast (which Leanne Cole touched on in her editing tutorial).

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