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Have you installed Google Comments on your WP blog?

a) as the only comment system
b) with both native and G+
c) not yet added

If you do have it installed add a link to your blog on the comments.

Some smart thinking by +Gideon Rosenblatt about G+ Comments for WordPress, and an interesting conversation thread on the original post.

#wordpress #comments #fav

Reshared post from +Gideon Rosenblatt

Google+ Comments: My Initial Observations

Throwing caution to the wind, I installed Google+ Comments on my WordPress site today. I love it and decided to share some quick observations. 

First, if you haven't seen Google+ Comments in a website, it helps if you actually look at an example in order to understand what I'm explaining below. Here it is implemented on the announcement post for my blog: http://www.the-vital-edge.com/happy-birthday-vital-edge/

Thoughts: 
1) Caution: I used a WordPress plugin from: http://www.cloudhero.net/gplus-comments and the installation process couldn't have been more straightforward. Google is not officially supporting 3rd party usage of Google+ Comments right now, however, so use this at your own risk. Seriously.

I took the risk because I'm pretty sure Google will eventually support this functionality officially. There are just too many business reasons for supporting this feature. Because all these comments are in Google+, even in the worst case scenario of the plugin absolutely failing, the comments will not go away. And I'm betting on a relatively safe bet that I will be able to get them back by simply installing an official version of some later code down the road.  

2) Unified Commentary – Less Fragmented Conversation: People have complained for some time that commenting here on Google+ fragments the conversation. As you can see, with Google+ Comments, everything is aggregated in one place now (at least for comments on external  pages – not for comments inside Google+). That gives a nice consolidation of the overall conversation. And it's very useful. A huge plus. 

3) Intuitive Engagement Dashboard: Google+ Comments now replaces Ripples for me (again, for tracking sharing of external URLs) because every time anyone shares a page on my site, it shows up in the comment stream on that same web page. I released my new website last Thursday and in the flurry of activity, I missed thanking a number of people who had shared my site here on G+. Today, after installing Comments, I was able to simply scroll down the comments on my page, see all the people who had shared it and quickly and easily thank each and every one of them. No fuss, no muss. Another big plus

4) Stimulates Sharing: When you comment on a page, it automatically shares that page with your comment with that article into your stream on Google+. You have the option not to share it into your stream, of course, but my guess is that many people will just get into the habit of sharing this way. It's a nice way to easily share your thoughts on various articles around the web and post quality content into your stream. Yep. Plus.

5) Amazing Respect for Privacy: When you're looking at comments and posts about a page using Google+ Comments on your website, you still only see what you would be able to see on Google+. The below image is an example. The underlying image is visiting the-vital-edge.com while I was logged in as +Gideon Rosenblatt; the one overlaid on top is using another profile that I have here (which I don't use). You can see that in the first one, I have access to 127 comments, while the second one only gives me permission to see 99 of those comments. This is a very different experience when it comes to commenting on blogs – it's Google+ Circles bleeding out into the web. The Social Spine of Google+, if you will. And it'll take some getting used to for many people. 

6) Authorship: Google+ Comments requires that you implement Google Authorship to tie your Google+ profile to your website. That way, the commenting system knows who you are, so it can, in effect, allow your website to impersonate you. Google+ Comments is acting as a sort of de facto authentication system for the Google+ social spine in this mode. It may take some getting used to to think of it this way, but when you do, you start to see just how awesome the social spine will end up being over time.

These are just some quick, off-the-cuff, thoughts about my experience with Google+ Comments after just one day using it.

As a commenting system, it's not going to be right for everyone. Many will prefer a more agnostic approach that allows logins from multiple providers such as Twitter and Facebook (like Disqus and others). For me, the advantages outlined above outweigh all of that. Why? Because I, like many of you here, have invested heavily in Google+. I get a fair amount of engagement here and this new functionality allows that engagement to easily bleed into my website with no real work on my part. That's really, really nice. And I think it will be attractive to a number of people here. But certainly not everyone. 

WPtouch Pro Adds a Consistent Design to Mobile

WPtouch Pro is a WordPress plugin to add powerful, easy-to-use themes for mobile + tablet visitors. It’s also a theming framework, great for creating mobile & tablet themes for your clients. Easily setup a rich mobile theme for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Palm OS and Samsung touch mobile visitors, completely independent of your desktop theme. It works by detecting devices like iPhones, iPads, Android & and more, serving its optimized themes instead of your regular desktop theme. Visitors can always switch back if they choose. Continue Reading

Social Flow Helps Make Sense of Aggregated Content

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paul bica / Nature Photos / CC BY

I’ve added three new features to the site this week, Social Statistics, Social Tabs and Social Flow to help improve social discovery and content interaction. In addition, tags and categories are in the process of being reorganised to help readers find content in an easier way.

Over the past years I’ve curated and written over 1200 posts. The categories at the top of each page now broadly describe those topics, which will for the foreseeable future provide the main structure of the site content. Tags have also been overhauled and I’ve currently set a maximum limit of 20 tags per post. The tags are being auto populated based on keywords I’ve chosen and get added at the time of publishing. The WordPress plugin used for tagging is called Automatic Post Tagger, which is free, and I’ve used a premium category plugin called Category Master for the categories. Continue Reading

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Link Google Plus to your WordPress Blog using this plugin

Reshared post from +Daniel Treadwell

Google+Blog for WordPress UPDATE 1.0.8

Google+Blog for WordPress is a plugin that allows you to import your Google+ Public posts (and their comments) as blog posts into your WordPress setup. There is a free version and a paid version ($10), both of which can be found at http://www.minimali.se/google+blog/ .

Paid users, please update by going to http://www.minimali.se/google+blog/YourTransactionId/ to download. Where 'YourTransactionId' is the number emailed to you.

Update Details

- New option for Tag based import, allowing the plugin to only import posts with a certain hashtag
- Timezone support (Will now use the WordPress timezone when calculating post submission dates)
- Tags that were not being recognised should be now
- View post on Google+ link will now open in another tab by default
- New option to display the number of reshares on Google+
- New option to control the display of the 'View post on Google+' link
- New option to control whether or not trashed posts will be reimported
- Post History now goes up to 200 (I suggest lowering this after an initial import)

To update please deactivate and delete the existing plugin prior to installing this one.

Feedback

Keep your suggestions coming as they are what guides the development of this plugin. Also be sure to log any bugs you have found with me. Updates will start to slow down a little now as the plugin becomes more stable but be sure to check my posts for the latest news regarding the plugin.

Guides

There is an explanation of each of the settings for the plugin in a prior post that can be found here: https://plus.google.com/103697821787469756035/posts/UvHumFMNbai

If you think you need a little more help with the plugin +Nancy Messieh of TheNextWeb wrote up a great post detailing the steps to go through to get things up and running. Check it out here: http://thenextweb.com/apps/2011/10/11/crosspost-your-google-posts-to-your-wordpress-blog-with-this-plugin/

+Colby Brown has already done up a post detailing some of the features of the first version of the plugin. Be sure to have a read of it here: http://www.colbybrownphotography.com/blog/the-wordpress-plugin-for-google-we-have-all-been-waiting-for/

Problems

If you are experiencing problems with the plugin not working at all, there can be conflicts with other plugins and themes, especially in relation to comments. Message me privately with these issues including the settings you are using as well as any errors you may be receiving and I will do my best to help you get it all up and running.

Thanks for the continued support.

+Robert Scoble +Chris Pirillo +Colby Brown +Louis Gray +Linda Lawrey +Ryan Crowe +Christina Trapolino +Ahmed Zeeshan +Johnathan Chung +Dave Beckerman +Mari Smith +Jeremiah Owyang +Mike Elgan +Danny Brown +DeWitt Clinton +Will Norris

Your reshares are appreciated.

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The smartphone business for the next half dozen years

Excellent conversation. I learnt allot about the challenges facing mobile developers and handset manufacturers.

Starting the journey Julien 

Guys let’s face it – the smartphone busines for the next half dozen years is all about 3rd party apps and content. After that we can talk about how great web apps are on our super fast super connected devices. But until then the winner will be the one that attracts developers and Nokia is FAILING

Developers want:

Ease of development

To make money

Read more at jfourgeaud.wordpress.com

 

What are the consequences of a web which understands meaning?

“If language (and semantics, the attachment of meaning to words and symbols) is a prerequisite for cognition and ultimately self-awareness, then what of the so-called semantic web? This proposed version of the Internet will know from the context when you search for “Chicago” you mean the musical, not the city, resulting in a web that no longer requires a human user to sift search results and mine data.”

It got me thinking about Google Goggles. I see a time when you will be able to point your mobile camera device in the direction of a stranger and instantly you will be able to review their various online profiles…

All food for thought

If Language is Consciousness, What of the Semantic Web?

Research reported in the New Scientist this week suggests that the internal monologue we establish is integral to understanding the world.  It may even have formed part of a feedback loop with cognition – using language to categorise things with words forced us to make connections between them, and begin to perceive our world.  If that’s so, then what does that mean for the Web?

While making the Internet more user-friendly is laudable, what are the consequences of a web which understands meaning?

Image credit: http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/com3068/

Read more at wellbredinsolence.wordpress.com

 
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