Two tools to add value to your WordPress blog

One of the features that make self-hosted WordPress such an excellent content management system or blogging platform (take your pick of description) is the easy way you can extend functionality through adding third-party plug-ins. I use a lot of plug-ins – currently 35 active ones on this blog – that provide both you (the visitor or subscriber and, perhaps, conversationalist) and me (the content publisher) with new or additional functionality that make our interaction and overall experience with the blog…

Jonathan Ross comeback lights up Twitter

In common with thousands of fellow Twitter users, I sat down on the sofa at 10:35pm last night for the first of the continuance of the 15th series of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, the chat show on BBC1 with the eponymous but recently-disgraced radio and TV presenter. Ross is a Twitter user as is Stephen Fry, one of the guests on last night’s show (the other guests were Lee Evans and Tom Cruise, both of whom aren’t Twitter users).…

Is there an alternative to FeedBurner?

In mid December, the RSS feeds for all my blogs including this one that have been managed by FeedBurner since 2004were auto-migrated over to Google. This is part of the changes that started happening earlier last year following Google’s acquisition of FeedBurner in 2007. As I wrote last month, the migration was a smooth process although not everyone has had such a good experience during the past year. But all is definitely not well with Google/FeedBurner. Last weekend, I noticed…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #416: January 22, 2009

Content summary: FIR Interview with Jack O’Dwyer posted; next FIR Live on Feb 7; Dan York reports on the new White House blog, CNN and Facebook, tools for Twitter, Identica, and more; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits: communication and other perspectives on the inauguration of US President Barack Obama, ghost blogging is illegal says CIPR, Mayo Clinic opens a new blog, how to find out who’s been scraping your blog; listeners’ comments discussion and FIR Friendfeed…

No thank you, Chrysler

When Bob Nardelli, Chairman and CEO of beleaguered automaker Chrysler, posted Thank You America on Chrysler’s corporate blog at the end of December, I imagine the last thing he or his communications team expected was the scale and depth of vitriolic comment left by some of the good citizens of the USA in response. Beginning his post with a well-meaning “Thank you for investing in Chrysler – America’s Car Company” was a trigger for the vitriol. In particular, it’s the…

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