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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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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New Themes: Mimbo Pro, Blaskan, and Vintage Kitchen

We have three awesome new themes for you today that I think you’ll love. A news-oriented magazine theme, a theme for just about everybody, and a food-oriented theme. Here they are! The Mimbo Pro Theme Mimbo Pro is a sharp-looking, premium magazine theme from Pro Theme Design . It takes your content and formats it in a structured way grouped by category. Using all of the standard WordPress functionality, custom headers, custom backgrounds, post thumbnails, custom navigation and more – Mimbo Pro makes your content look awesome. You can get a better idea of just how awesome on the theme showcase . Example of Blaskan in action. Blaskan is a minimal free theme focused on blogging, designed to present your text, photos, and videos in a clean, contemporary interface. Your readers will love that its responsive layout means your content looks attractive—and readable—on devices of all sizes. The classically simple design sports crisp typography, three layout options, and post thumbnails support. Designed by Per Sandström , Blaskan is a perfect fit for a journal or photoblog. Learn more on the Theme Showcase . Vintage Kitchen Theme Vintage Kitchen is a food- and kitchen-oriented premium theme designed by Caroline Moore . What’s so special about this theme is, as you can see, the brilliant look of it! It has fun and colorful—yet balanced—illustrations, a script typeface, and subtle textures. Together, all of these design features can set your food blog apart from others. Take a closer look on the Theme Showcase . Have fun checking out these themes! We’re looking forward to seeing how you use them on your blog.

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