Oscar Night with the WordPress.com VIP Liveblog Plugin

One of my favorite parts of watching live television events is the second screen experience — the running commentary from liveblogs and Twitter that stream onto my phone or laptop.

The staff at National Post were totally on top of this Sunday night, creating an incredible multimedia liveblog experience for The Oscars. Using our Liveblog Plugin, they pulled together a collage of smart (and funny!) commentary, beautiful images, YouTube clips, tweets, and even animated gifs.

We also enjoyed following along Caroline Westbrook’s liveblog on metro.co.uk’s site as she authored an impressive 150 updates over the course of the night  – pulling together a mix of tweets, videos, photos, and updates.

Not familiar with how the WordPress.com VIP Liveblog Plugin works? Take a look at this video. It’s super easy, featuring content insertion from the front-end of the site, and drag-and-drop image uploads.

The Liveblog Add-On is $500 USD per month, with an annual subscription, for VIP SaaS Hosting clients. This includes unlimited liveblogs, and an unlimited number of users visiting, viewing, and receiving updates — all powered by our massive WordPress.com cloud infrastructure. If you’re interested in using the LiveBlog plugin or learning more, please get in touch.

Academy Awards Oscars Coverage on WordPress.com

A big night last night for the movie industry with the 80th annual Academy Awards.

As with other big events like Super Tuesday, there was lots of great coverage by bloggers and news organizations on WordPress.com.

Big publishers in our VIP program also covered the event, including:
- CNN Headline News’ Show Biz Tonight Marquee Blog, which live blogged the event.
- BlogTalk Radio discussed the best and worst dressed, and also has an upcoming show with Oscar-winners Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman of Peter and the Wolf.
- People’s StyleWatch Off-the-Rack blogged about predicting which gowns the star would wear.

You can read the latest and follow the reactions to who won and lost on the “Oscars” tag page.