Sorry for the dellay in posting an accompanying blog post to the recent update of the Flattr Shortcode Widget! I must say I am very excited about this new build as it is the start of a lot of great new features that will be coming soon so watch this space!
Click here to go to the download page.
Flattr Shortcode Syntax Modified
This is not a new feature but is certainly something any existing users should be aware of! The syntax for the shortcode has changed! It is only a minor change and the widget is still backwards compatible but I do plan to eventually remove backwards compatibility all together so it would be best to update to the new syntax. The new syntax stops a lot of common bugs that was happening and makes it all a lot clearer. To find out more about the new syntax view the new syntax information.
Flattr Shortcode Widget Settings
There is now a Flattr Shortcode Settings Page which can be found under the settings tab of your WordPress administration. From this page you can edit/set the default UID for the blog. Currently this is still linked to the official flattr widgets setting however this will soon become independent! The main advantage of this new feature is that you can now set a default flattr UID to be used even if you do not have the official Flattr Widget.
On this page you also have the option to enable/disable author specific UIDs. Having this feature enabled adds a new option to the profile page for a user’s flattr ID. When users who have set their flattr ID make a post their UID will automatically be used for shortcodes they use within their posts! This makes it great for use on multi-author sites!
- NEW: Flattr UID option for induvidual users allowing each user to have their own default Flattr UID
- NEW: Options Page to set the default Flattr UID for the blog
- UPDATE: Flattr Shortcode modified – new uid tag added
- NEW: RSS displays a Flattr this image in substitute of the js widget but this links to the flattr home page due to Flattr API restictions
- BUG FIX: Default widget size is not reset to large after creating a compact widget if the Official Flattr Widget is not installed.
- BUG FIX: Name change was not fully migrated
- BUG FIX: Anchor now set when used with multi-flattr feature
- BUG FIX: Anchors <a> tag is now closed properly
- UPDATE: Additional flattrs made by multi-flattr are hidden from listing on flattr.com to stop spamming
- BUG FIX: Further whitespace removal to all variables
- NEW: Anchors added so that multiple flattrs can be used on the same URL
- NEW: Your backlink from flattr can link straight back to the widget rather than just back to the page (uses anchors)
- NEW: You can define how many flattr widgets you want to be generated and each work independantly (allows multiple flattrs)
- NEW: You can use multiple flattrs and anchor features simultaniously
- UPDATE: All true/flase values must now be set to ‘1’ (true) or ‘0’ (flase)
- BUG FIX: Hide not always set to true
- BUG FIX: Default language now works
- UPDATE: Arrays now used instead of lots of independant variables
- BUG FIX: Whitespace in variables that would cause the widget to fail is now removed
- BUG FIX: Decription was not filled in if not manually set and was therefore required
- BUG FIX: Problems with svn sync fixed
- BUG FIX: Version numbers corrected
- UPDATE: Widget name changed from “Flattr Widget” to “Flattr Shortcode Widget”
- UPDATE: Major updates to readme.txt
- NEW: Added to WordPress Plugin Directory
- BUG FIX: Bug that interfered default size of widget for official plugin has been corrected
Please report bugs in the comments
If there are any features you would like then please request them in the comments
Features in development
- More development on the Settings pages to allow default setting for the shortcode widget to be set
- Separation from the official widget
- Graphical shortcode generator
Click here to go to the download page.
Today has been an extremely productive day here on my blog! I should be in school but thanks to the snow, I have not been in school after the first day that I returned on Tuesday. Earlier today, I was thinking about my blog and trying to think of ways to make my URL shorter so that when my tweets are ReTweeted on twitter and shared that the URL links do not take up as many characters. While pondering over this I tried to come up with some clever short URLS but everything I could think of was taken or too expensive due to an expensive TLD.
I then realised that the short URL that I should have is so simple, and has been quite obvious for quite a while. On most social networking sites, I use the username flungo which is short, simple and appropriate to me (the ‘f’ is for Fabrizio and the ‘lungo’ is from Lungo, which when put together makes Fabrizio Lungo which is my name :P) so I purchased the domains flungo.me, flungo.co.uk and flungo.info (the .info one was simply because the domain was cheap) .
I have now set those domains up so that they all redirect to fabrizio.me.uk (which you are presumably reading this blog on) as I have already built up a lot of SEO with the current domain and do not want to loose that by having multiple domains all hosting the same blog, or by changing the default domain. I have also set up flungo.me (the shortest of the 3 domains) as my URL shortening base! All tweets that are posted on my twitter account from this blog will be using that shortened URL from now on! I will also be working to integrate this into other parts of the site including with the tweetmeme plugin that is used on the site. I hope to also make short permalink available so that readers can share the blog posts with the respective short URL!
This is the first post that should be tweeted using the URL Shortener so this is actually a test post; hopefully it works 🙂
UPDATE: It appeared to tweet correctly however I have now modified the format of the tweet that is posted to make it clearer!
A little bit late but all my blog posts are late at the moment! Since this is late I will make this post about twitter lists as quick as I can! If you have not seen this new feature on twitter, a list is basically a group which you can make with a bunch of people in it and it will create another timeline for all these people. Other people can then follow these lists and you can follow other people’s lists but what is the point in lists and what can you use them for?
For the person making the list there are 2 main purposes (that I can see):
- Organisation – You can organise the people you follow on twitter into groups so that it is easy to keep up to date with certain things. You may already use grouping methods in other applications and this is a brilliant way for doing the same but through the twitter website. This can also be handy when needing to find people in a certian group or when you only want to know what your friend are up to.
- Keeping your timeline clean – I don’t know about you but I am following a lot of rubbish on twitter and it takes up so many of my API calls in applications like @TweetDeck or @PocketTwit, therefore limiting the amount of useful tweets I can see and wasting my time by making me have to skip all of the useless tweets. By using lists you can move anyone that your following into a list, then view them only when you want to. This will clean up the timeline and make it more relevant! I will definitely be doing this for all the twitter games that I am following as they tend to clog allot of my timeline for no reason; when they are in a list I can view the games when I feel like joining in!
For someone who follows twitter lists:
- Easy updates – Say for example you liked the news, but you didn’t want to go round following every news twitter user; using lists you could find someone who has compiled a good list of news lists and then follow that. If the creator of the list maintains it then it will also mean that you don’t need to search for more twitter users in the categories you are following lists for.
- Topic based lists – If you like a specific topic, you will be able to find the perfect list for this. Another person interested in the same things may have already made a list of Twitter users related to that interest and finding a relevant list will save you time; rather than looking for every twitter user related to a topic you like you simply find the list and if it is updated you will always be getting the latest tweets from the latest twitter users in the areas you are interested in!
- Find Twitter users – By finding relevant lists, you do not have to follow them but you could look at who is followed in the list and pick and chose the ones you like helping you find new and interesting people to follow.
For someone on a twitter list:
- Wider exposure – Get your twitter viewed by more people as people view lists that include you. Even if the you are not followed due to a list, if you are followed by a list that is widely followed you will get your tweets read by many people!
I wrote this very quickly and the time where I am is 00:36am, I may improve this tomorrow 😛
UPDATE: I have added a little bit to this post but not that much…. 😛