Archive for March, 2011
Last November we launched Twitter Blackbird Pie, a quick and easy way to reproduce beautiful, full-fledged tweets — not just static screenshots of tweets — in your posts, pages, and even comments.
Today we are happy to announce that we’ve made it even easier for you to interact with tweets on WordPress.com. Thanks to the new set of tools that Twitter just announced, you can now reply to, retweet, or favorite content without ever leaving the page you’re on.
Try it out on the tweet below!
This improvement takes effect immediately for all tweets on WordPress.com, so there’s no action necessary on your part. Enjoy!
Bonus Tip: Drive Traffic to Your Twitter Account
To gain additional exposure on Twitter, add your account as a verified external service in your public profile under Users -> My Profile in your dashboard. Anytime someone replies to, retweets, or favorites one of your tweets on WordPress.com, they’ll be prompted to follow you on Twitter.
Additional Ways to Integrate Twitter with WordPress.com
- Display your latest tweets in your blog’s sidebar using the Twitter Widget
- Add a Twitter sharing button to the bottom of your posts or pages with the Sharing feature
- Tweet new blog posts automatically to your Twitter account with Publicize
Reminiscent of primordial grid designs used in different print mediums, Basic Maths is one of the most elegant, and smartly-designed themes we’ve ever seen. We are thrilled to have it now available for WordPress.com sites as a Premium Theme. One particular thing of note about Basic Maths, is that it comes with custom support direct from us, the Theme Team at Automattic, for the one-time price of $75.
Apart from a thoughtful design, Basic Maths also offers some cool features, including the possibility to choose custom colors for links and other visual elements, helping you make this theme feel more personal to your site. If you want to make a statement about how important your content is, Basic Maths could be the answer.
As Scott mentioned in his How is WordPress.com Made? post, at Automattic we work from all over the world, and we use internal blogs for socializing and exchanging non-work ideas in addition to making WordPress.com and our other products more awesome. One of the things we’re really concerned about is staying healthy – we even have an entire blog dedicated to fitness.
We had a great idea: Get all 80 Automatticians from 62 cities to run/walk a 5k on the same day! This way we can get some exercise together as a company even though we’re apart (though we won’t rule out a softball or Texas scramble at our next meetup).
We want to invite you to join us, WordPress.com users (and self-hosted WP users, too!), in the Worldwide WP 5k – the 5k blogged around the world! The date is approaching, so read on to find out how to participate.
WHAT IT IS: A 5k run/walk (approximately 3.1 miles). You can run, walk, or skip. It’s up to you. There’s no time limit and there’s just one requirement: that you participate! [Updated: You can do it inside or outside, on a treadmill or on a track, or even do a swim or a bike ride instead of running/walking - just get moving!]
It’s roughly equal to:
- 3.1 miles
- 12 laps around a track
- approximately 6000-7500 steps
- approximately 50-60 minutes of brisk walking
WHEN: We’re all busy, but we want you to participate, so we’re giving you some flexibility, too. The WWWP5k is set for Sunday, April 10th, but you can do your walk anytime from April 4th -10th (you’ve got a week to fit it in). Just post about it and use the tag “wwwp5k” so we can find you (and for a chance to be Freshly Pressed).
WHO: Anyone who’s ever used or loved WordPress (and your families and friends, too).
HOW: You’re welcome to blog your entire route and your preparation (videoblog, perhaps?) but above all we’d love to see where you are and how you’re completing your 5k. Give us a picture of you and what you see when you cross the finish line and tell us your location as you complete your 5k with the rest of the world.
Some tools & suggestions:
- Get a pedometer
- Use http://www.mapmywalk.com/ to chart your course
- Set your car’s odometer to 0, leave your house and drive along a safe course with sidewalks for walking/running, until you reach 1.55 miles (you can loop back the same way), or chart out a 3.1 mile course
If you’re not up to running this year, never fear, you can get started with the Couch to 5k method which several Automatticians like – 9 weeks from couch potato to running a 5k, and be ready to run for next year. But make sure to walk this year – no excuses!
Will you be joining us for the Automattic Worldwide WP 5k?
Named after the artistic and design style which had its origins in Paris in the first decades of the 20th century, Louis Vuitton’s Cuir Art Déco collection fuses 1920′s & 1970′s influences with bold geometric shapes, vibrant colors and vintage-inspired details. They’re classic bags with a twist!
Cuir Art Déco consists of two pieces, the east-west Baguette (11.8″ x 6.3″ x 1.6″) and the tall Trapèze (9.2″ x 8.3″ x 1.4″). Both bags are crafted from slightly shiny calf leather and features Louis Vuitton engraved bracelet-inspired clasp, a back pocket with magnetic top closure, sumptuous goatskin lining, and an interior flat pocket.
The Cuir Art Déco collection comes in the this season’s standout shades: Violet and Terre for the Baguette, and Prune and Vieux Rose for the Trapèze. The bags are available at Louis Vuitton stores for US$3750 and US$3450 for the Baguette and Trapèze respectively.
Cuir Art Déco
Cuir Art Déco Details
★ More Spring 2011
• Louis Vuitton Avant-Garde Pochette
• Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Bag Names and Prices
• Louis Vuitton Artifice Sandal Collection (Runway Shoes)
• Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Ad Campaign
Images via Louis Vuitton
It is time to introduce a new free theme which goes by the appropriately evocative name of Rusty Grunge. It goes without saying, this theme has all the rusty and grungy elements needed to appeal to all those who embrace grunginess in themes. It has a light content area over a dark background, and some color splashes around on its design.
The theme comes equipped with options for Custom Background, Menus, Post Formats, and Header Image. It also bears two distinct widget areas, making this theme not only grungy but also highly customizable.
As usual, find more about what it has to offer on the Theme Showcase.
For the first time ever, Louis Vuitton offers internet users the opportunity to discover the unique atmosphere of its fashion show.
This online event allows users to explore, in any direction, the show space for an experience with no boundaries. Hear Marc Jacobs – Artistic Director – and Katie Grand – Stylist – comment the show with anecdotes on the preparation of the collection. Enter the fashion show space and access panoramic backstage views by passing directly through the catwalk.
Through Facebook, Louis Vuitton fans have exclusive all access to unedited content: inspirations, rehearsals, guest arrivals, and interviews with the models.
Discover the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Women’s Ready-to-Wear collection and universe now available at fashionshow.louisvuitton.com. The website is also compatible with iPad and iPhone.
Image via Louis Vuitton
With the launch of Apple’s iPad we have seen the future of computing and it is touch. Nothing matches the visceral feel of navigating your digital world with your hands. The past four months we’ve been working closely with Onswipe to bring your iPad visitors our vision of what a blog can look like re-imagined for a touch experience.
Our iPad-optimized view is app-like in its functionality, but pure HTML5 goodness on the backend: it supports touch interactions, swiping, rotation, and many other features of the iPad. Like when we launched our smartphone-optimized WP-Touch integration in 2009 (now responsible for over 150 million page views a month) this is immediately available and active on the over 18 million blogs on WordPress.com.
There are some fun options to play with too. If you browse to Appearance -> iPad in your Dashboard you can:
- Have the theme use an image from your recent posts as a cover.
- Upload a logo to showcase your brand or personality on the cover.
- Upload an image to be used as a loading graphic when visitors add your site to their home screen.
- Switch fonts.
- Choose from 9 different skin colors, to best match the feel of your site.
- Enable or disable the whole thing.
When you tap to view a post, you get to see the full content with a slick commenting interface and social sharing tools for Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.com literally at your finger tips. It’s a lot of fun browsing sites with Onswipe.
On WordPress.com we’re seeing about 750,000 page views a day from iPad visitors and it continues to rise. New tablet devices seem to be coming out every time you turn around. In the coming months we’ll be expanding to work with other popular tablet devices, but we chose to focus on the iPad first because… well it’s cool.
As seen from the Spring/Summer 2011 ad campaign, the Mick is the newest addition to Louis Vuitton’s Damier Graphite collection. Previously named Elvis, the bag – made from the lightweight & super sleek Damier Graphite canvas – has been renamed after another musical icon, Mick Jagger. With its spacious A4-sized interior and a touch of rock spirit and contemporary urban appeal, the Mick is great for school, business or everyday city style.
What I love about this bag is that it doesn’t have a flap. It just features a zipped closure on top for easy access. In its exterior, Mick has a vertical zip pocket on the front and a large horizontal zip pocket on the back. Inside, it has two interior flat pockets, two pen looks, and a D-ring for keys and accessories.
Mick comes in two sizes MM (16.9″ x 12.2″ x 3.5″) and GM (18.1″ x 14.1″ x 4.3″). Available at Louis Vuitton stores and online at louisvuitton.com for US$1220 and US$1340 for the MM and GM respectively. I would definitely want to have this as my school bag!
What do you think? Like?
Images via Louis Vuitton
“Their bag of tricks this season was the reinterpreted 1958 top-handle Lockit bag, sometimes affixed to the models’ wrists with diamond handcuffs. We know of very few designers who can simultaneously pump out the product—in this case, many multi-thousand-dollar luxury handbags—and provoke like Jacobs can.” – Nicole Phelps, Style.com
Is it just the lighting or does these bags really look quite glossy? Lockits come in various shapes including top handles and a few framed clutches.
I love these pieces, especially the large top handle (first photo below). The clutches feature a unique horizontal handle and black trims. Notice the clochette (key holder)? It’s like a half-done trompe-l’œil effect. Really nice!
Monogram Embroidered Calfskin
Similar to the larger pieces above, these bags come embroidered with the Monogram pattern.
I’m not sure if these are made from nylon, satin or some kind of fabric. But they’re really nice and definitely lightweight.
Shearling Embroidered Monogram Vernis
How cool are these bags? The glossy Monogram Vernis is embroidered with what looks like shearling. It sure does adds texture and definition to these pieces.
Adorable! These bags remind me of teddy bears! The Lockits are made from plush shearling (I think), with some of the bags having diamond Damier-esque pattern.
These bags are basically the same as the Calfskin bags above, but this time interpreted in luxurious Python.
These are definitely the most gorgeous and luxurious bags in this collection. The Lockit is interpreted in rich-colored Crocodile leather and comes in tiny top handles and clutches. The chain details gives these pieces a tough and naughty vibe.
Monogram Guipure (Monogram lace over satin) from Fall 2010 makes a comeback. Also this lovely gold clutch. So chic!
Images via Louis Vuitton