Got bored trying to create this myself, so let’s revert to Elance on this project – Foursquare Blog Widget
These are my del.icio.us links for August 11th
- Facebook Developers | Facebook Connect –
Information and documentation on Facebook Connect. Something we’ll be using on plenty of upcoming activity.
- Innovation : Idea Hub : American Express OPEN Forum –
Really well-executed bundle of branded content, that is genuinely useful to new businesses and entrepreneurs.
- 11 Free Web Apps for your Daily Work –
A rundown of some great tools for online collaboration and enterprise, many of which are new to me.
- Design Sojourn | Strategic Industrial Design Blog » 5 Steps to a Better Design Brief –
Neat little rundown of considerations for developing a fresh online property.
- The complete guide to creating widgets in WordPress 2.8 –
An excellent article from Justin Tadlock, a WP Demi-God.
My aim is to make my views on Digital Media, Branding and Emergent Technologies as accessible as possible not only to industry types, but to the blog-scouring early-adopting masses. My ongoing series on Augmented Reality has been relatively successful in boosting both the visitation and the subscribership of this blog.
Aside from the content I’ve written this month (May 2009 has been my most prolific since this blog’s inception) I have also started an SEO and social media strategy to extend the reach of the content I write here. I’ll share details later…
Anyway, the key element I want to tell you about in this post is my third strategy to make Digital Cortex portable to readers. I’ve started to provide readers with a range of subscription options, since the most common way for readers to subscribe to any blog and its content are through RSS, Email or Twitter. That’s when I came up with my brand new WordPress plugin.
I realised that my subscription solution might be useful to others also looking to grow their subscribership, so I created this:
The Subscription Options Plugin
I’ve turned my HTML code into a PHP-based plugin for all WordPress users that has the exact effect I aimed to achieve – to look good on a page, and for blog readers to easily grasp what each icon stood for.
Once installed it can be placed in any widget-ready area, allowing users to link to their various subscription options with ease.
These are my del.icio.us links for May 27th
- PHP Tutorial – Echo –
I am learning PHP to create my first WordPress plugin. Sometimes my geekiness knows no bounds.
- Windows Alt Key Codes –
Because you know it makes sense to bookmark pages like this.
- How to Build Your Own WordPress Widget | Johnathan Andersen Design | WordPress Designer and Developer –
Very useful for a little side project I’m working on. For a sneak peek see http://digitalcortex.net/plugins
- CRINID | 12 icebreakers to kick-start your Brainstorm –
Some interesting ideas about how to ‘dis-incorporate’ brainstorm meetings, and get attendees warmed up quickly.
- Creative Digital Technology and Web Design –
Web to Mobile / Mobile to Web agency who have built some of the best integrated creatives.
SoundCloud do clever things with music.
I found them by accident when searching for remixes of ‘I Can See’, a great song from Jazzanova’s new album – listen to it with Spotify on this link.
Anyway, over at SoundCloud they’ve hosted a remix competition that lets users easily upload their mixes and have them judged by Jazzanova themselves, who had this to say:
“Since so many astonshingly good remixes had been submitted, it was no easy task for us to come to a final decision,” says Jazzanova’s Jürgen von Knoblauch . “We discussed the matter over and over again and finally agreed on three winners who had very different approaches and represented the stylistic variety of all submitted remixes. However, we had to draw the lucky winner of Ableton’s software package and Soundcloud’s premium membership. Once again, we would like to thank all the remixers/producers who participated in our remix contest and submitted their excellent works.”
What’s cool about the contest is it gets users engaged with SoundCloud for one great reason, but entices users to explore their other options (as in my case) such as their free website widgets: a dropbox for users to submit any track to the site owner; a player that shows the track’s waveform and allows users to annotate it at points along it’s timeline. These raise the profile of the service across the social web and drive traffic back to their homepage.
With this competition, SoundCloud and Jazzanova are in perfect symbiosis – both benefit from being associated with the other. I’m very interested in researching their company further, as there has to be elements that larger advertisers can participate in.
The effect on Jazzanova’s album sales will be hard to measure, but I’d love to hear from anyone involved on side-effects/uplift in consideration or other brand metrics.