Preparation for the Fall
The best links of the last two weeks (I’ll do this on a weekly basis beginning next week, I swear) via the CoPress Publish2 Newsgroup that you’re more than welcome to join:
- Rob Curley at the Las Vegas is looking for fall interns that know the latest and greatest of the web and can “write their backsides off.” At Serra Media, Mark Briggs wants “fresh perspectives and top-notch talent” to join his team for 9 to 12 weeks.
- Andy Dickinson released a WordPress plugin on Tuesday that allows the author to comment on individual paragraphs in the post. It’s wonderful to see some of the greatest things about the News Mixer project being ported over the WordPress. Now we wait for the plugin that allows you to do 140 character comments natively. (Tks Greg Linch for the link)
- If better self-branding is a goal for the fall, then Mindy McAdams has an excellent list of ten tips for you. Notable priorities: making sure someone can find you by googling your first and last name, posting your resume online in HTML and not as a PDF (although having it available as a PDF download can also be useful), and being a part of the conversation online. (Tks Brian Manzullo for the link)
- In the past week, Twitter as all about Facebook, FriendFeed, and tr.im. Jeffery Zeldman, a notable designer, has taken the approach of not using any third-party URL shorteners and instead runs all of his posts off his own domain with a WordPress plugin called, you guessed it, “Short URL plugin.” If your domain is short enough that this makes sense, it would probably be a worthwhile approach that would help avoid link rot. On a related note, Max Cutler and David Estes came down to Portland last weekend. One of the projects that actually came to life was a URL shortener app for Courant News.
There are at least a few active conversations going on in the forum that you should check out. Chris Ullyott is putting together a staff page for the Daily Titan and is figuring out a way to automatically pull in profile images to the page. I started a thread for a Featured Posts widget I’d like to build when I have the chance.
Kevin Koehler and Megan Taylor have been working hard on new content for the wiki that we hope to start introducing over the weekend. In the meantime, Kevin is compiling a list of blogs related to specific topics that wants your input.