New “Privacy on” alert in WordPress 3.0

Sometimes it’s the little details that make you smile. When a new WP site is in development, you obviously don’t want it to be visible to search engines. A simple setting in the installation process (and the admin) allows you to choose this, but it can be easy to forget once you’ve set it.

About a week ago a submission to the WordPress trunk enabled a new mini-alert in the admin header, which reads “Privacy on” when the blog is hidden from search engines. Small addition, but very helpful when going live with a new site! I hope this feature remains in the final 3.0 release (due in May according to the current project schedule).

Bad Google!

Can anyone suggest a good online feed reader and webmail which doesn’t begin with a G?

Google Buzz created quite a stir from the start, with concerns over it’s privacy policy. The first time I logged in to see what all the buzz was about, I thought is was odd enough to see “followers” who I definitely know have never used ANY social media service. Some of them were probably just confused by the “Try Buzz” -notice and have since forgotten about it.
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Owning my content

If Facebook goes bust, or perhaps more likely, ceases to interest me, how do I get all my content out? I’m mostly thinking about notes, photos and the like, but why not status updates too. Who’s to say real-time updates on my life don’t provide interesting reading in 10 years time? Or 20? Will they still be accessible then?

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