1. Blackbird Pie
Twitter made it easier than ever to embed tweets in blog posts this year, thanks to the introduction of Blackbird Pie. Blackbird Pie is simple: In goes the URL of the tweet you’d like to embed and out comes CSS-formatted HTML.
For so many reasons, embedding a tweet in HTML definitely beats posting a screenshot in a blog post. For that, I’m thankful.
Tools are useful, but I think one of the most valuable ways a journalist can spend his or her time is exchanging ideas with others. I’m thankful for #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat in which web journalists discuss all angles of a topic that influences their work. Last night was kind of a potluck of questions, but below are a few examples of recent topics. They all link to the chat’s transcripts, and are worth a leisurely read while you’re digesting your turkey.
- Chat 11.17.10 Regarding errors: Corrections online
- Chat 11.10.10 Hyperlocal: Hype or Hope?
- Chat 11.3.10 The news ecosystem: Finding your niche
(As a sidenote, congrats one of the chat’s co-creators, Robert Hernandez, newly elected Online News Association board member. He’s a professor at USC-Annenberg, has the keys to the coolest Twitter handle, and if you were at #ONA10, you’d recognize him as the guy who asked if Patch was evil).
3. Path’s foray into photo networking
Last week, a new style of networking emerged in the form of Path.
What makes Path different? For one thing, it’s a photo-sharing network app for your iPhone (Android and Blackberry apps are apparently in the works). For another, it limits your network to only 50 “friends” who can see what photos you upload.
And why, even though I don’t have an iPhone (or a smartphone, period), am I thankful for Path? Because it’s new. It’s different. Having to limit your network to only 50 people could induce anxiety, but it’s nevertheless refreshing to see a network in the news that’s not Facebook.
4. WordPress 3.0 and the Twenty Ten Theme
- Menus – no more editing files to exclude categories and pages — just drag n’ drop!
- Merge of MU and WordPress, making it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation
- Bulk updating of plugins
- Custom header and background APIs
- Improved Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies including hierarchical (category-style) support.
- Support for Shortlinks.
The theme is an amazing foundation for both those new to WordPress and to advanced designers. After its launch was the first time I had ever dabbled in WordPress child themes.
As a lover of open source and a WordPress enthusiast, this release was a huge milestone and a testament to what can happen in an open, collaborative community of great minds.
5. Our readers
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