Links links (05-Feb-2008)

  • Twitter is an Event Aggregator – Interesting use of Twitter – posting news related to the “Super Tuesday” primary voting in the U.S.
  • Companies must listen to the Web 2.0 world – I don’t like the “avoid risk” case for social media strategy; I prefer to focus on opportunities. This article provides an overview of the potential risks. I’ve found that blogs can be a bell-weather for broader constituent sentiment, so worth watching.
  • Internet fundraising trends 2008 – A collection of predictions for fundraising and donating in 2008, incl. a spot from Priscilla @ Solidariti and Seth Godin.

(These links were posted to my feed on 05-Feb-2008.)

Links links (19-Jan-2008 to 23-Jan-2008)

  • 9 Benefits of Twitter for Bloggers – Darren Rowse writes up his thoughts on the benefits of Twitter. His focus is specifically on bloggers, but still useful for anyone wanting some ideas as to why Twitter may be useful to them.
  • what’s new on reddit: new features – reddit will soon support focused, private and semi-private reddits. I think this is important for orgs wanting to use except for the “public-ness” of it. We might see retooling of tools to support reddit if it takes off.
  • Zookoda – An interesting looking (free) service – from what I can tell it takes an RSS feed and sends HTML email updates on that basis. Great for promoting your blog or creating quick email newsletters for your organisation. Will need to look into it some more…

(These links were posted to my feed between 19-Jan-2008 and 23-Jan-2008.)

Code, Tips

WordPress YouTube tip

There’s a weird issue with WordPress that means embedding YouTube video using the <object> tag (which is the standards-compliant method) causes HTML output errors.

The solution is quite simple (for anyone that’s comfortable with a little PHP) – it requires a very small update to the wp-includes/formatting.php file. In the wpautop function, there is a line that starts with $allblocks = '(?:table|thead| (it’s line 66 in the file that ships with WordPress 2.3.2).

The fix requires updating the line to begin with $allblocks = '(?:object|table|thead|.

A simple fix, but frustrating if you don’t know where to look. I’m not sure why this hasn’t been fixed in the WordPress code-base, but hopefully this simple patch will help if you’re experiencing this problem.

And don’t forget – you’ll have to apply this patch each time you upgrade WordPress.

Social media & networking, Tips

Combining tags

I might be the last person in the world to work this out, but I’ve just found you can search for items in that match multiple tags in the interface.

All you need to do is insert a “+” between terms in the tag box at the top of the page (see screenshot below for an example).

Screenshot demonstrating how to search for items matching multiple tags in

This is, of course, documented in the help section on, but who reads help nowadays? :p

Then, suddenly, the “+” symbol next to tags listed in the “Related tags” made sense – clicking the “+” instead of the tag name adds it to the end of the current tag browse.

Combining related tags when browsing in - click the '+'