Yes, I know this is a symptom of my uber-geekness, but it is true – I LOVE the team of developers r
responsible for WordPress‘ Jetpack plugin. This plugin brings features that are already available to WordPress.com users to us independents and indicate a true love for open source on the part of the WordPress team – as they could keep these bonus features locked in their walled garden of wordpress.com, thus encouraging folks to use wordpress.com instead of hosting their own instance – but they aren’t!
Jetpack includes a number of exciting features including: Stats (uses the wordpress.com backend to provide statistics on site usage), Subscriptions (allows folks to subscribe to your blog via email), sharing (allows folks to easily share your articles with others), After the Deadline (to check for spelling and grammar), and a bunch of other cool stuff…but the feature they just added that has thrown me into a tizzy is comments.
“Wait, I thought WordPress already supported comments?” It did and it does! But this new functionality allows users to authenticate themselves to make comments using their existing accounts – e.g. Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.com. This in turn makes it easier for folks to comment on posts which means a likely increase in quality conversations across the blogosphere!