Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com has given its Jetpack plugin a big update.
Think of Jetpack as a bridge that brings functionality from the hosted WordPress.com service to self-hosted WordPress.org blogs. It adds in lots of the core WordPress.com features, such as stats, social comments, email subscriptions and more.
With Jetpack 2.0, the plugin gets lots of new functionality, including the ability to automate sharing posts to various social networks.
With Publicize, users can configure their self-hosted WordPress blogs to share posts with social networks including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo and Tumblr.
1. One Direction Teaser Photo for New Pepsi Ad
Photos given to Mashable from Pepsi
An alternate ending to Pepsi's popular commercial featuring boy band One Direction and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will debut Thursday night during The X Factor broadcast. This time, the guys will be decked in football gear, as seen in the above teaser photos Pepsi shared with Mashable.
The original ad came out Oct. 10 and sparked heavy buzz on social media before, during and after its premiere.
Thursday's follow-up will air after One Direction's performance on The X Factor, the U.S. spin-off of the UK show on which the guys were discovered. The spot drove 70% of Pepsi's social TV commentary during launch week and helped Pepsi become the most-discussed brand on Twitter f…
1. I Think
This is quite an alternative to the story of the birds and the bees.
Remember those magnets that had random words and phrases written on them, helping you to create works of poetry on your fridge? Well, now there's a new way to put together snippets of poetic genius -- and all from your web browser.
The Tumblr blog Google Poetics documents autocompleted search terms as if Google were writing a poem on relevant topics. Created by Sampsa Nuotio and Raisa Omaheimo of Helsinki, Finland, Google Poetics shows that the web giant's search suggestions can offer hilarious and sometimes poignant stanzas of insight into a variety of topics.
"Google’s algorithm offers searches after just a few keystrok…