March 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nofollow Links

This is a plugin designed to allow you to append nofollow to the rel attribute of selected links in your blogroll. #

It does not conflict with the link relationships (XFN) specified when you edit a link. It will just be appended to the end of the rel attribute when it’s displayed. #

Download Nofollow Links WordPress Plugin #

Got a bug to report? Or an enhancement to recommend? Or perhaps even some code to submit for inclusion in the next release? Great! Share your feedback through my contact form. #

Installation #

  1. Upload nofollow-links folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory #
  2. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress #
  3. Navigate to Links > Nofollow Links and select links you want nofollowed #
  4. Click Mark Links Nofollow button to save your selection #

Screenshots #

Nofollow Screenshot #

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Data Minimalism

I previously railed against the trend of digital sharecropping in my post Giving Up On Web Ownership. The task of taking ownership of your digital identity can be very difficult when you try to replicate the functionality of all the different sites you might use. #

Trying to create owned versions of Twitter, Facebook, Quora, Delicious, Flickr and all of the other places where you have a presence could easily be a full-time job. Who has the time? #

This is where the concept of Data Minimalism comes into play. First, try to figure out which of these sites actually add value to your life. If you really think about it, most of them are just noise. Now you have a shorter list. How can you replicate this yourself? I bet you can migrate most of these use cases into one or two sites that you manage. #

If you already have a blog, how about you set up special categories for Twitter and Facebook? I’m sure there is a way to automatically tweet everything in a category. WordPress can do pretty nice photo galleries too, that should be able to replace Flickr. Maybe there is even a way to publish your WordPress galleries to Flickr? #

I’m going to take a look and see what I can do to make this easier. I have a couple ideas in the pipeline. If you want to find out when I get these things published just sign up for my free newsletter in the sidebar and I’ll shoot you an email as things progress. #

Monday, March 14, 2011

Rebooting The News #86

Today’s episode of Rebooting The News Jay was out of town so Dave had on Adam Curry and yours truly! I wish I could say I was invited to be a guest, but Dave was just taking calls and picked me. On the show I talk about my work trying to use WordPress as a microblog platform. It’s an interesting show, but if you want to skip directly to my part jump to 31:45. #

If you’re interested in listening you can hear the clip or the entire episode. #

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