t5m Selects WordPress MU For New Video Platform

t5m,  The 5th Medium, has launched a new content studio which “co-produces interview-based, factual entertainment content in partnership with events, celebrities, charities, venues and brands.”

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Built using WordPress MU, this new video platform service includes all the tools and features needed to deliver and present high quality video content, and customize the offering to suit the needs of the individual brand.

According to t5m, the new platform includes the following offerings:

  • All content co-produced with a partner (personality, charity, promoter, venue or brand)
  • Sponsorship sales and product placement
  • t5m works with partners to find the right sponsors and brands
  • Interactive video player
  • t5m’s own video player is a widget and offers users selected quality
  • Multi-platform syndication network
  • Video sharing sites, specialised sites, broadcast TV, blogs, print, radio
  • Celebrity booking
  • Custom video platforms
  • In addition to syndicating the content, larger clients often want to set up their own video platform.

TechCrunch UK recently profiled t5m and commented that:

UK startup t5m has today re-launched … by setting up a global network of bureaus to produce and syndicating short-form interactive 3-5 minute HD video, built around brands and distributed via its own custom-built video player.

Right now the portal site is mainly a showcase but next February it will re-launch with personalisation, social networking, shopping, competitions and new video contributors. It’s being built on a customised version of the open-source WordPress platform called WordPress Multi-User… The site now features 300 hours of HD content, 100 in-depth profiles and over 20 events.

[ Visit t5m.com ]

Friendster Relaunches Blogs, Switches to WordPress MU

Very exciting news that Friendster, a popular social networking service with over 90 million global members, has relaunched their blog offering and selected WordPress MU.  These member blogs, which are used by millions of Friendster members,  were previously powered by Six Apart’s Typepad service.

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For Friendster members with existing blogs, all the content was seamlessly transitioned into the new WordPress powered blog.  In addition, according to Friendster:

Users can also embed into their blog photos directly from their Friendster photo albums and videos from popular video sites such as YouTube.

Friendster blogs are built on WordPress, an Open Source publishing platform used by millions – including many global top-tier news sites and publishers.

Congrats to Ross and the team over at Friendster for pulling off this massively succesful project – the feedback I’m seeing from Friendster members has been very positive.

You can read more details about this new offering on the Friendster news blog.

[ Visit Friendster.com ]

WordPress for LinkedIn

Today we’re happy to announce the launch of the WordPress App for LinkedIn, the largest online network for professionals.

The WordPress App for LinkedIn helps you share ideas and updates with your LinkedIn network, keeping your trusted contacts in the loop, effortlessly.

To add the WordPress App to your LinkedIn account, visit the LinkedIn Application Directory. Select the WordPress App, enter your blog’s URL, and choose to display either all of your blog posts or just those tagged with “LinkedIn.” Save, and you’re all set!

Now your network will be notified when you post something new to your WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress.org blog. Your WordPress avatar will automatically display alongside the top post (we, of course, suggest you use Gravatar for that).

You can opt to display your WordPress blog on your LinkedIn Profile and your LinkedIn Homepage, where it’ll display as a drag-and-drop module in the right-hand column.

The WordPress App for LinkedIn is built on Open Social and is open source. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, head here to try it out.

Flokka.com Selects WordPress MU and BuddyPress

Flokka.com a new social blogging network for business women has selected WordPress MU and BuddyPress as its platform of choice.

Flokka.com

Flokka represents one of the first sites to use the new BuddyPress social networking platform which is due for an official launch at the end of the year.

[ Visit Flokka.com ]

WordCamp San Francisco August 16, 2008

WordCamp San Francisco, the 1-day conference organized by the creators of WordPress for our users, developers, and partners – will be held on August 16th, 2008 at the Mission Bay Conference Center.

It’s shaping up to be a great event with a tremendous lineup of speakers and topics, and the world famous BBQ lunch.  The goal of the conference is to:

… get WordPress users together, learn from each other, figure out the future of publishing on the web, and have a good time.

You can learn more about the event and signup online @ 2008.sf.wordcamp.org.

WordPress 2.6

WordPress 2.6 is now available:

Version 2.6 “Tyner,” named for jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, contains a number of new features that make WordPress a more powerful CMS: you can now track changes to every post and page and easily post from wherever you are on the web, plus there are dozens of incremental improvements to the features introduced in version 2.5.

Here is a brief video showing the latest features:

Head over to the WordPress.org blog for more details.

WordPress 2.5 Released

WordPress 2.5 was released this past weekend:

WordPress 2.5, the culmination of six months of work by the WordPress community, people just like you. The improvements in 2.5 are numerous, and almost entirely a result of your feedback: multi-file uploading, one-click plugin upgrades, built-in galleries, customizable dashboard, salted passwords and cookie encryption, media library, a WYSIWYG that doesn’t mess with your code, concurrent post editing protection, full-screen writing, and search that covers posts and pages.

You can read the full details on the WordPress.org blog, and watch the screencast below highlighting the excellent new gallery feature:

For those of you on WordPress.com and WordPress.com VIP, the new code with the redesigned dashboard should be rolling out soon.

[Visit WordPress.org]

WordPress 2.5 Sneak Peak

You may have heard the exciting news that earlier this week Release Candidate 1 of WordPress 2.5 was released. The final version will be out soon, and for Publishers and developers now is a good time to take a look and see what’s new, including:

A customizable dashboard, multi-file upload, built-in galleries, one-click plugin upgrades, tag management, built-in Gravatars, full text feeds, and faster load times

One of the most dramatic improvements can be found in the dashboard:

… we’ve been working with our friends at Happy Cog — Jeffrey Zeldman, Jason Santa Maria, and Liz Danzico — to redesign WordPress from the ground-up. The result is a new way of interacting with WordPress that will remain familiar to seasoned users while improving the experience for everyone. This isn’t just a fresh coat of paint — we’ve re-thought the look of WordPress, as well as how it’s organized so that you can forget about the software and focus on your own creative pursuits.

You can read Jeffrey Zeldman’s thoughts on WordPress 2.5 here, and you can be sure we’ll be posting more info on this blog as we get closer to the official release.

[Visit WordPress 2.5 Sneak Peak]

Podcasts About WordPress

Raanan wrote an excellent article about podcasting with WordPress using PodPress. Here I’m going to flip it around and discuss podcasts about WordPress.

The first is The WordPress Podcast hosted by Charles Stricklin and a rotation of co-hosts. Started in July of 2006, this is the most popular and longest running podcast dedicated to WordPress news. Charles is also one of the organizers of WordCamp Dallas at the end of March. Recently the frequency of shows has greatly increased.

Maybe influencing the regularity of The WordPress Podcast is a little friendly competition from the new WordPress Weekly. Started the beginning of this year, it is hosted by regular Weblog Tools Collection blogger Jeff Chandler (Jeffro2pt0) and is a live weekly call in show on Talkshoe.com.

They compliment my other sources of WordPress news, and even when I don’t have time to listen to the podcast right away, each provide excellent show notes.