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Posted by: David Spinks - 2 June 2010 / 0:19
Yesterday, WordPress.com announced a new feature that will allow you to “Like” blog posts, and “reblog” them on your own blog.
For those of you who use tumblr, you already know how this works.
The reblog is one of the functions that makes tumblr extra social. If someone posts something that you really like, you can repost it on your own feed, automatically giving credit to the originator, and allowing you to add your own comments.
The WordPress feature looks pretty similar.
As you can see in the image below, it gives you the option to change the title and add your own comments, without changing the original content. If you maintain multiple blogs, you can also choose which one you’d like the post to go to.
It will also automatically add the tags that the original poster placed on the post, but you do have the option to change them.
The like function is also new. By clicking “like”, the post will be added to a list of “Posts I Like“.
Some things to note:
- No, this won’t work with the facebook like button, or any other social platform…at least not yet.
- You have to like a post in order to reblog it.
- You have to be looking at an individual post page (rather than the home page) in order to like/reblog it.
- Once you like a post, you can reblog it from the list of “Posts I Like” at any time.
- You can search through all the posts you’ve liked.
- You can’t edit the original content when you reblog it, but if you go in and edit that post after you post it, you can edit everything.
If you want to see what the reblogged posts look like, I added one on my personal blog here. Essentially, it puts the content from the original post in the usual quote format, and adds a link at the bottom.
What do you think of the new features? Will it just add more noise? Or reduce the amount of content theft in the blogosphere?
In a clear move to replicate the tumblr experience, is wordpress getting away from their core function?
Share your thoughts…
These new features are only available for the free WordPress.com platform, not the self hosted WordPress.org.
All photos in this post are from the wordpress.com blog.