Integrate Cool Applications with WordPress.com

We are happy to announce our new REST Application Programming Interface (API) that lets developers explore, interact, and create great new content with the vast community of sites on the WordPress.com network and, in the near future, Jetpack -enabled sites. The API gives developers access to posts and comments, as well as the ability to  Follow , Like , or Reblog content for users. Other features from WordPress.com, like the daily handpicked content on Freshly Pressed , are also available through the API. An excellent example of an application that uses the new API is the Windows 8 WordPress.com app, available now . Our goal with the new API is to simplify the experience of using and adding to the data available on WordPress.com. To do this, we now use the OAuth2 protocol to authenticate requests for data. To retrieve public data, you can make unauthenticated requests. To perform actions, such as making new posts or comments, you would need to make authenticated requests. When the API returns data, we now return a standardized JSON object for ease-of-use. The REST API also self-documents itself; as we add new endpoints, the documentation on our  Developer Resources blog will auto-update to provide you with the latest information. In addition, you’ll also have access to a Developer Console, which will allow you to run real REST API queries and see real JSON data directly in your web browser. You can read more about the Console here . Ready to build an app and integrate it with WordPress.com? Great! You can now sign up for and manage your OAuth2 tokens without waiting through an approval cycle. If you have any questions or feedback on the API, please  get in touch with us . Make sure to follow the  Developer Resources blog  for news, updates, and documentation about the REST API and other awesome services we are making available to developers seeking to integrate with WordPress.com.

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The Long and Short of It

Would you like some more Twitter in your WordPress? We got ya. As an update to our ever-popular Tweet embedding functionality we’re supporting Twitter’s new embed API to enable richer, better looking, and more functional Tweets inside your blog posts. To embed a Tweet just put a permalink to it on its own line  or use our new shortcode that allows for extra formatting . But wait, there’s more! Have you ever wished that when you’re on Twitter and come across a link to someone’s blog post, like this one , you could see a preview of the post without having to click on the link? Now you can, our friends at Twitter have made it so that all  wp.me  links can be previewed, including snippets of posts and photos, directly on Twitter.com. In addition to this being something I’ve personally wanted for a while, we think it’ll get a lot more people visiting your blog.   Finally, if you link your Twitter account on your Gravatar profile we’ve made it so it’s easy to follow you right from that page. Now go forth and tweetify. P.S. You can follow me on Twitter here , and WordPress.com here . The Long and Short of It wp.me/pf2B5-2pL — WordPress.com (@wordpressdotcom) December 08, 2011

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New Theme: Piano Black

Say hello to Piano Black , the newest theme to launch on WordPress.com. This dark and elegant theme showcases your content with a design that feels sophisticated yet techy and modern. Piano Black front-page detail. Make it yours with a header image, background, and custom menu, and optional RSS and Search areas in the header. Piano Black also includes a full-width-template for dropping the sidebar on pages. See more information on the Theme Showcase . Designed by mono-lab — and a long-time popular theme for self-hosted WordPress blogs — Piano Black is available now in your dashboard under Appearance → Themes .

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