Category Archives: Blogging

Twitblogs – blog to Twitter

twitblogs

twitblogs.com  Fall 2008

AllowsTwitter users  to write more than 140 characters, or to embed images into their posts, etc. You can user your Twitter login to get in.

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Feedburner – for Blog / Podcast

feedburner 
feedburner.com – Chicago, IL 2004 / 2007 Google acquired

This is a great company that is worth mentioning…

FeedBurner is a feed management service launched in February 2004 by co-founders Dick Costolo, Eric Lunt, Steve Olechowski and Matt Strobe. 

FeedBurner is the leading provider of media distribution and audience engagement services for blogs and RSS feeds. Their Web-based tools help bloggers, podcasters and commercial publishers promote, deliver and profit from their content on the Web.
It offers advertising services for blogs and podcasts also.

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WordPress

 San Francisco, CA, Nov 2005, Matt Mullenweg

WordPress.com
WordPress.com provides free weblog hosting (from company Automattic). It opened to November 21, 2005.

It runs WordPress MU, a version of the original software that allows people to create and manage their own weblogs without requiring the time, money and technical knowledge involved in setting up WordPress on an ordinary hosting account. It is financially supported via the use of Google Adsense banners and paid upgrades.

wordpress.org
WordPress is a self-hosted blog publishing system written in PHP. All data is stored in a MySQL database. The name WordPress was suggested by Christine Selleck, a friend of lead developer Matt Mullenweg.

The latest release of WordPress is version 2.6, released on 15 July 2008. It is distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2.

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Matt Mullenweg – cofounder of WordPress and Automattic

Information taken from crunchbase.com

 
Matt is the cofounding developer behind the open source WordPress blogging platform and its founding company AutomatticA Houston native, Matt also serves as an adviser to Sphere and WeGame.

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Automattic – company that started WordPress

San Francisco, CA, started 07-05 – automattic.com

The below information is taken from crunchbase.com

Automattic is a web development and blogware company which can attribute much of its success to its popular blog platform WordPress.com, an adaptation of the open source WordPress project. The company was founded by 20-something Matt Mullenweg who continues to be the primary developer and spokesman for the company. Former OddPost CEO and Yahoo Senior Executive Toni Schneider is CEO.

In addition to having 4 self-produced products (WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Akismet.com and bbPress) Automattic will now integrate Gravatar identity badges and all of Gravatar’s premium features into WordPress templates. Gravatar is Automattic’s first acquisition.

There are more than a million blogs hosted by Automattic, with thousands of new ones created each day.

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Identi.ca

www.identi.ca – created July 2, 2008 by Evan Prodromou

A microblogging site (similar to Twitter)

Identi.ca is a micro-blogging service. You can use it to write short notices about yourself, where you are, and what you’re doing, and those notices will be sent to all your friends and fans.

How is Identi.ca different from Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, Plurk, others?
Identi.ca is an Open Network Service. Our main goal is to provide a fair and transparent service that preserves users’ autonomy. In particular, all the software used for Identi.ca is Free Software, and all the data is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, making it Open Data.

The software also implements the OpenMicroBlogging protocol, meaning that you can have friends on other microblogging services that can receive your notices.

The goal here is autonomy — you deserve the right to manage your own on-line presence. If you don’t like how Identi.ca works, you can take your data and the source code and set up your own server (or move your account to another one).

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Video: Understanding RSS

Video courtesy of “CommonCraft.com”, content from www.whatisrss.com

What is RSS?
RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.

RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site’s email newsletter.  The number of sites offering RSS feeds is growing rapidly and includes big names like Yahoo News.

What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed?
Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use.

A variety of RSS Readers are available for different platforms. Some popular feed readers include Amphetadesk (Windows, Linux, Mac), FeedReader (Windows), and NewsGator (Windows – integrates with Outlook). There are also a number of web-based feed readers available. My Yahoo, Bloglines, and Google Reader are popular web-based feed readers.

Once you have your Feed Reader, it is a matter of finding sites that syndicate content and adding their RSS feed to the list of feeds your Feed Reader checks. Many sites display a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF to let you know a feed is available.

The Internet Explore browser and Firefox browser allow you to subscribe to an RSS feed in the browser.

 

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