A couple months ago, I did something so small it doesn’t really deserve mention. Nial and I got OpenSearch working on WordPress.com for individual blogs:
Search of the entire domain has always been working, but this allows you to add a special search for one blog. To activate this, open Firefox (or Internet Explorer), and click on the search dropdown and you’ll see a new entry to “Add your blog name.” Select that.
Maybe I’ll add a plugin to WordPress with this code. I’m not too sure there’s a need though since there are already a couple OpenSearch plugins and this one only works in WPMU and PHP 5. There’s also a couple of WordPress.com-specific features like tags, privacy flags, and blavatar support in this one.
(Full disclosure: I work on Automattic, which makes software and services in the same space as SixApart.)
Today, TypePad announced the launch of TypePad micro, which I found out about from John Gruber’s somewhat snarky tweet.
This marks the first time (to my knowledge) that SixApart is embarking on a free hosted blogging service, so it was definitely worth a look, especially given some of the things we’ve worked on, have recently got working, and at here at Automattic. Besides, free is the price I like
Registering for a new account (especially with the Facebook Connect integration) was so easy, I thought, “Wait! Where is ”
The blog, though there is , has an aesthetically pleasing layout. It certainly seems to share a lot of influences from Twitter, WordPress P2, , etc. but the biggest influence has to be Tumblr.
Thoughts about TypePad micro after the jump
(Disclaimer: I work for Automattic which contributes to the development of WordPress, WordPressMU, BuddyPress, and bbPress.)
At this month’s Bay Area WordPress Meetup, there were four interesting talks. One of which wised me up to the Zemanta WordPress plugin, which I’m using now, any content creator (or Another Search Startup) should check it out—it’s quite clever.
But the presentation I want to focus on in this article, was Annie Vranizan’s Vivanista demo.
The Vivanista homepage
Vivanista is a social network for women focusing on philanthropy. Even if you don’t have a passing interest in such things, the website deserves a look, it’s quite an attractive website and built in record time—a couple of months.
Being a vertical, this is mostly the territory of white-label social networks, and more recently, Facebook. In fact, if you look at their team, it reads more like a group blog than a company.
That’s because it is.
What makes Vivanista so interesting is that it is built on WordPress MU blog publishing platform in combination with Andy Peatling’s BuddyPress plugin.
More about how Vivanista was created after the jump