Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Show Foursquare Checkins with WordPress plugin

March 29th, 2011

Foursquare is undoubtedly one of the most popular social location services available today. With a simple app installed on location aware devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, you are able to share the places you have visited or are currently visiting.
This type of sharing is a personal, yet very social activity. Being defined as social, the more you share, the more social you are.

WordPress is a publishing platform that enjoys unprecedented popularity. Among WordPress’s chief uses is the creation and distribution of blog style websites.
Blogs by definition are very social things. They are a place where a person can document and share all of the information and ideas that may interest them.

Foursquare and WordPress

Adding a plugin to WordPress that will allow you to display your Foursquare Checkins is very easy. Simply navigate to the plugin section of your WordPress dashboard and ‘add new plugin’. In the search for plugins field, type this ‘Foursquare Latest Checkins’.
Install this plugin and configure it to get information from your Foursquare account and then place it into the widget section of your WordPress blog. This whole process can be done in under 5 minutes.

As you can see, the widget is clean and simple.

Here you can choose the number of checkins to display.

If you would like to learn more. Here are links to the developers plugin page.
http://blog.no-panic.at/projects/foursquare-latest-checkins-wordpress-widget-plugin/
and a link to the actual WordPress plugin page for this widget.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/foursquare-latest-checkins/

Microsoft Technet Blog widget

May 21st, 2009

You can grab the code right from the widget!

PostRank Top Posts Widget

January 3rd, 2009

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PostRank was originally used as the tech name of AideRSS. i posted about AideRSS back when it came out and even included a little interview with one of the Developers that happened to be a good online friend of mine. that was 9 months ago and they have come a long way since then. they even decided to change the name of the Widget to be named like the tech behind it. so it is now simply named PostRank.

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The new widget got a little over 2 weeks old and now includes search along with a new more pleasant design. search is indeed a great addition because it allows for better user engagement with the widget and gives it more purpose turning it into a real utility widget instead of just display widget.  they got a new  widget page and the widget is fast to configure and customize.

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You enter the blog domain or feed and it will show you a instant live preview of the widget while you set the colors and the number of posts you want to display in it.

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Unfortunately. the PostRank Widget is still just JavaScript based and you can only count on 2 quick install options, one advanced option if you are using WordPress and the generic JS code for you to use in the sidebar. i truly wish they had a Flash or Silverlight based version of the widget. it would make it more appealing. the customization also leaves a lot to be desired and there is no way to adjust the size of the widget properly.

So, while it is a good widget. i feel it needs a little work to be what it should be and more options to be something great instead of something that can go from OK to Good depending what your Blog Platform is.

PostRank Widget

Entrecard puts itself for sell then retreats. Real or Marketing Stunt?

October 1st, 2008

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Over a week ago. Entercard, the blog traffic exchange Widget Badge was put itself for sale in the Sitepoint Marketplace for a minimum price of $100,000.

Mircea Goia at TheNextWeb blog wrote about it puzzled by the why someone would sell entrecard instead of invest on it more. why puzzled?. because entrecard is doing quite well:

Entrecard was basically founded as a traffic exchange service for bloggers (English language only). It launched 11 months ago and now it has about 20,000 blogs in its network delivering about 80 million impressions a month. The core product is the widget network, which serves 125×125 advertising across 56 vertical channels in the blogosphere. They also developed a Firefox toolbar used by our bloggers/publishers to visit other sites, purchase advertising, and pack the power of the site into the browser. This toolbar is used by 7000 bloggers so they claim.

According to Sitepoint’s post Entrecard has about 85,000 unique visitors a month (growing at a rate of 18%/month – no marketing) and 3,25 million pageviews/month. But Compete.com showssomething else.

So, it don`t matter if compete numbers are not entirely accurate. if you got a growth graphic like that one.  you don`t just sell right?. Right!. Graham Langdon (Entrecard owner) retreated from the idea and now says it is more committed to it than before.

Not only that but now they are looking to hire a Content Correspondant, came up with a serious update to their business model and also announced a Partnership with OIO Publishing for Blog Advertising..

That means it went from looking for a quick exit for as low as 100k to get some serious boost in less than one week. now it could be worth as much as 1 million dlls based on those simple changes. quite fishy. but if it was indeed marketing it was a wildcard. using it once and in the way it was used was pretty smart. as with most wildcards. you only get to use them once. so even if Entrecard would end up for sale next year. now it is obvious it would be able to get as much as 1 million. this is not the first time a Startup does that trick. but it is the first time for a widget startup as far as i can remember.

I do like Entrecard because it is simple and it is not a heavy widget to put. so it does represent one of the best  Blog Traffic Exchange options currently present for Bloggers.

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