Twitter adds Image Galleries to User Profiles

Twitter has a new photo-uploading tool, that can be used through third-party photo-sharing services such as yFrog, TwitPic or Instagram, and your photos will soon be featured on your Twitter profile in an image gallery.

Twitter is rolling out user galleries, as the feature is called, to members beginning Monday. Galleries will automatically display the 100 most recent images the user has shared by way of Twitter — dating back to January 1, 2010 — from supported photo-sharing services.

Galleries will live on a user’s profile and highlight a few recent images. A visitor can click the “view all” button to see even more images in either a grid view showing image thumbnails or a detail view highlighting the most recent image and the text of the tweet that was shared along with it.

The update ties into Twitter’s photo-sharing push and will dramatically change the appearance of Twitter profiles. Galleries will provide equal billing to images shared via third-party app makers, but also serve to remind users that Twitter is no longer a place just for 140 characters — it’s for photos too. The update is likely designed to entice Twitter users to add more photos to their tweets.

Galleries, at launch, will be image-only. Twitter Communications Manager Carolyn Penner said in a tweet that users can expect to see the update Monday. “We’re rolling out one of my fave features today: user galleries! View photos an account has shared on Twitter. Sit tight – it’s coming soon,” she tweeted.


WordPress Wins CMS Hall of Fame award

WordPress has won the 2010 Open Source Hall of Fame CMS Award. The voting was head-to-head against Joomla and Drupal, but an extra independent judge was brought in to give the winning vote.

This is just another step that shows why WordPress stopped being “just a blogging platform” long ago. For those of who think that WordPress can’t be anything more than just a blogging platform, stop by the CMS section of the official WordPress Showcase for some great examples of WordPress used as a CMS all around the world.

The Open Source Awards is an annual online event held by Packt Publishing to distinguish excellence among Open Source projects. The Award, formerly known as the Open Source Content Management System (CMS) Award, is designed to encourage, support, recognize and reward a wide range of Open Source projects.


WordPress for iPhone and iPad version 2.6

WordPress for the iPhone and iPad v2.6 has just been released. With this new version, you can now record, upload, attach and play videos within the application. As video becomes an increasingly important part of blogging, this functionality will be invaluable for bloggers on the move.

Here is a complete list of the new features:

_Video. Record, upload, attach, and play videos within the app. Yay for being able to catch your friends’ and co-workers’ most embarrassing shenanigans creative moments with iPhone video and publish them immediately for all the world to see on your WordPress site.
_A total rewrite of the way local drafts are handled, to prevent the unintentional loss of your pending posts.
_Autosave/post revisions. Bam! One of the “oh, thank goodness” features of the web app makes it into the iOS version.
_Easier setup. Faster and easier process for adding your sites to the app.
_Media Library. We’re gradually getting closer to the media management you’re used to in the web app.

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Automattic donated the WordPress trademark to WordPress Foundation

Matt Mullenweg announced that Automattic has donated the WordPress trademark to the non-profit WordPress Foundation. Moving forward, the Foundation will be responsible for safeguarding the trademarked name and logo from misuse toward the end of protecting WordPress and preventing confusion among people trying to figure out if a resource is “official” or not.

Matt Mullenweg is obviously excited, as”the most central piece of WordPress’s identity, its name, is now fully independent from any company.” Ownership of the trademark could have made Automattic millions on the name alone, but in a move praised as “extremely generous and community-minded,” they are ensuring that both WordPress and its name will never be used to unfairly profit from, confuse, or cause harm to the blogging platform, its integrity, and the community itself.


Who To Follow on Twitter?

Twitter has a powerful new feature to help you find people related to your topic, niche, area or whatever you want to call it. Its named “Suggestions for You”. The algorithms in this feature suggest people you don’t currently follow that you may find interesting. The suggestions are based on several factors, including people you follow and the people they follow. You’ll see these suggestions on Twitter and the “Find People” tab (top right).

You will also begin to see recommendations for similar users when you view another account’s profile. If you’re interested in a particular user, you might be interested in these other accounts as well. All these features will be available for developers, too. They will launch an API so third parties can provide these suggestion features in your favorite desktop, mobile, and web applications. Now, go find somebody new to follow.


Upgrade to WordPress 3.0.1

WordPress 3.0.1 has just been released. This version fixes 55 minor bugs, including a frequently reported export error and an incompatibility with PHP 5.0.5. The upgrade should be available for most of you from your Dashboard.

Download 3.0.1 from or update automatically from the Dashboard (Tools -> Upgrade) in your site’s admin area. If you encounter any trouble with the automated updater, try deactivating your plugins before reinitiating the update.


Twitter for the iPhone

Comprehensive analysis of the Twitter user experience in the iTunes App Store showed very plainly that people were looking for an app from Twitter—we didn’t have one so they generally got confused and gave up. Obviously, we saw room for improvement. Starting today, Twitter for iPhone and iPod touch is available for free on the iTunes App Store. We hope you’ll love it like we do.

Something worth noting is that you don’t need a Twitter account to enjoy this application. Browsing trends, reading Top Tweets, finding popular users, and checking out public tweets geographically nearby are all possible immediately upon download. Discovery and consumption of interesting, relevant information is a central focus. However, quick and easy signup exists within the application so new users won’t need to visit our web site to create an account.


Google celebrates Pac-Man’s 30th birthday with a playable logo

In celebration of PAC-MAN’s 30th anniversary, Google has resurrected the arcade classic for its home page logo. Users only need to click ‘Insert Coin’ or wait a few seconds for the game to begin. You can either play with the keyboard or mouse.

If you click the ‘Insert Coin’ button again, Ms. PAC-MAN magically shows up so that you can play with a friend. The game’s only up for 48 hours, so be sure to hop over to Google for some tasty ghost meat. Too bad you’re stuck with the original music, instead of ‘Pac-Man Fever’ or Aphex Twin’s classic, delirious ‘Pacman’ remix as Power-pill.


Don’t miss the WordCamp Live Streaming

If you are late, you can still check the Lightning Sessions. Live streaming from Mission Bay conference center atr UCSF.

Presenters: Beau Lebens, Yoav Farhi, Stephan Spencer, Allan Cole, Dan Milward, Raphael Mudge, Michael Koening, and Rinat Tuhvatshin.

Full Video of the conference will be available soon at

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WordCamp SF 2010

WordCamp San Francisco will be held on May 1, 2010. Last year’s event was attended by over 700 WordPress users, developers, designers and general enthusiasts from 32 different countries. As speakers and schedule are confirmed, new information will be added to this site, so check back now and then!

The first WordCamp was in 2006, when WordPress was on version 2.0 (Duke). The number of WordPress users to power their web publishing has grown by millions. If you’re in the SF Bay Area and want to attend WordCamp San Francisco, enter here.