Find Friends Who Use WordPress

Are you curious to see how your friends are using WordPress? Give the new and improved Friend Finder a try to connect with your Twitter, Facebook, and Google contacts who have WordPress sites! After authorizing WordPress.com to use your Twitter, Facebook, or Google account to find your friends (don’t worry — none of this account information is saved!) you’ll see a list of people you know who have WordPress sites. Click Follow and each time your friend publishes a new post it will show up in your Reader under Blogs I Follow . If you have multiple blogs, make sure to set the Primary Blog in your Settings so the correct blog is shown to friends when they find you. If you’re interested in finding more cool blogs to follow, browse our collection of Recommended Blogs and try adding some topics to follow in your reader using the box in the bottom left.

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New Themes: Everyday and Origin

In our quest to help you find the perfect look for your blog, we’ve added two brand new themes to our collection! First up is Everyday , a beautifully designed premium theme by James Goode . Everyday has been precisely calibrated to be pleasurably readable on almost any screen. Attention and care has especially been given to provide a robust and versatile layout to suit your writing needs. From short quips to lengthier bits of prose, Everyday will rise to the challenge and shine with every post you publish. Read more about it in the Theme Showcase or take it for a test spin in the demo site . Next is a wonderful free theme named Origin by Galin Simeonov . Origin is a light, elegant theme with a minimalist look and feel, perfect for a blog or journal. Your photos are the focus thanks to featured images and stylized Sticky posts, and the responsive design makes it a great fit for mobile devices and small screen sizes. A full list of features is available in the Theme Showcase and a demo site has been set up so that you can see it in action.

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More Likes in More Places

Back in 2010  we introduced the exciting new ability to Like the individual posts you’ve read all around WordPress.com. It’s been one of our most popular features since then, as evidenced by the chart below that goes up-and-to-the-right as an indication of great success and achievement. Likes per week since the beginning Today I’m happy to announce a few enhancements to the way Likes work that we think you’ll really like. Show Likes on Pages In the past, we’ve always restricted Likes to individual blog posts. Given the success of Likes, we want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to Like what they are reading, wherever they are reading it. Likes now share the same display settings as your sharing buttons (which you can change from Settings -> Sharing  in your dashboard). In addition to showing Likes on single posts, you can now show Likes on all of your site’s content: Here’s an example of Likes displayed on a blog’s front page: Do you like naps and puppies? I think I do! Show Likes on Gallery Images In addition to making Liking posts easier, we wanted everyone to be able to Like all of the things you publish on your blog, including media. So, we’ve also added the ability to Like photos directly from inside image galleries, like this: Who can resist liking Paul the Puppy? What You’ve Liked Now that it’s super easy to Like everything you see, you need a place to see what you’ve Liked. To make this as convenient as possible, we’ve added a link in the Reader that lists all of the posts you’ve liked across all of WordPress.com. You also have instant access to your favorite posts through the official mobile WordPress apps for all your favorite mobile gadgets. We think these tweaks really improve the Liking experience, and we hope that you enjoy them! Did you think I was going to say “like” again? 🙂

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