Jetpack 2.3.5 is out and contains an update to our Publicize feature! Our Publicize feature is a quick, simple way to build your readership and share your latest content automatically on other social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.
Working with our good friends at Path, we’re excited to announce that you can now connect your WordPress blog and Path account. Once connected, when you create new content on your site, a Path “moment” will also be created, with a link back to your site.
Read the Path announcement on WordPress.com to find out more.
In Jetpack 2.2.3, released on April 26th, 2013, we introduced a new widget called the “Twitter Timeline” widget. This widget allows you to display your tweets on your blog in a much richer way then you could with the old Twitter widget. Users can retweet, favorite, and reply to you straight from your blog. The experience is also much closer to the experience of Twitter.com.
The old Twitter widget — which shipped with versions of Jetpack below 2.2.3 — will stop functioning on May 7th. This is because of some changes Twitter is making with how developers communicate with their service. Our new widget uses their timeline product which allows us to offer a solution that will continue working while providing additional features.
The old widget will gracefully stop returning output after May 7th. Any admins on your blog will receive a message asking them to switch to the new widget.
Let us know if you have any questions or what you think of the new widget in the comments below!
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the web, it’s that people really like to like things. That’s why the latest version of Jetpack introduces a “Like” feature. The new feature enables a “Like” area at the bottom of your posts and pages. A button allows your readers to show appreciation for your posts as well as save your posts for later viewing on WordPress.com using the Reader.
Once a user likes your post, their Gravatar will be displayed below your content, allowing you to engage with them further. You’ll also receive a notification in your toolbar if you have the notifications module enabled, and an email notifying you of the action.
Likes isn’t the only new feature in this release. We’ve also added a Readmill widget, a bulk spam feature to the contact form, improved our Pinterest share button integration, and a slew of bug fixes.
For a complete list of changes, see the changelog.