A Couple Tools For Staying Social

This blog post is in response to a question Natilie posed in the Social Media room on FriendFeed.


With all the communities floating around the web today, it can be quite difficult and a bit overwhelming to keep up with all the activity. I know that I can’t always keep up with what’s going on in every community, but there are a few tools that I use to keep me updated and participating. Here’s a short list of some tools:

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A Few Reasons “Twitter Pro” is a Bad Idea

Twitter Pro?

Jason Calacanis and Pat Phelan have both written about how they would be willing to pay for a Twitter Pro/Plus that offered a guarantee of increased service reliability. This all comes as a response to the service interruptions that Twitter experiences almost every day.

I’m not sure that I see the point in paying for the increase in reliability, for a couple of reasons.
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New Feature in WordPress 2.6

WordPress 2.6 isn’t anywhere near completion, but if you’re a WordPress user you just got a great bit of news about the upcoming release in your Dashboard this evening. Michael Adams writes:

Have you ever saved a post on your blog only to realize later that you accidentally erased a critical paragraph? Ever worked on a blog with multiple authors and needed to keep a log of who changed what and when?

WordPress should store a history of all your posts. You’d get protection from accidental changes, and you’d be able to see a clear timeline of the evolution of each of you posts.

Happily, WordPress is awesome! In the upcoming WordPress 2.6 release, the feature exists and rules!

That’s right, no more accidentally deleting an entire paragraph only to realize you’ve screwed the pooch. Also, no more grappling with who edited what post, when, and how much on multi-author blogs.

Read & See More: Post Revisions in WordPress 2.6

WordPress CSS Trick: Image Titles in Sidebar

I was browsing through the WordPress.org support forum today when I came across a question that I thought was worthy of a blog post. The question was:

I am trying to change the titles of my sidebar widgets (i.e. “Pages,” “Recent comments,” “Meta,” etc) to images. Since my sidebar is widgetized, it seems this is more difficult than simply changing a few things in my sidebar.php document.

Does anyone have any tips?

It seems that with the implementation of widgets in later versions of WordPress, users have had some trouble customizing their sidebar titles with images. In early versions of WordPress, one could just go into the sidebar.php file and replace the titles of sidebar sections with an image using the good ol’ fashion HTML tag. This is no longer possible since widgets are dynamically added to the sidebar and are no longer located in the sidebar.php file.

Although I personally would rather use text to title sections on my sidebar, for the reduce loading times and various other reasons, using an image can allow you to use non-standard fonts and add a bit of flare to your blog. I’m going to show you have to achieve this using a bit of “detective work” and CSS.
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