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Weekend Update: New Bookmarklet, New WordPress Plugin Version

October 16, 2009

We’ve got two new things for you to play around with this weekend. First off, we just released our new Topsy Trackbacks Bookmarklet. This item allows you to go from any web page straight to Topsy’s trackback summary for that page. You can instantly see who’s tweeting about the page, and what they’re saying. Here’s an example of Topsy’s trackbacks about USA Today’s update on the LCROSS mission (as compared with the original page).

The bookmarklet will work with Internet Explorer 7 and up, and with modern versions of Firefox and Safari. Sorry, Google Chrome users, but Chrome doesn’t seem to have any way of using bookmarklets.

WordPress Plugin Update: Version 0.9.2

And our Topsy Plugin for WordPress is growing by leaps and bounds — today marks the second update, to version 0.9.2. This is a big release, and there’s a little something in there for everyone:

  1. For bloggers who use themes that only display comments (not trackbacks), we’ve added a feature that allows you to make the trackback comments show up as comments.
  2. For those who post their own tweets linking back to their blog entries, we’ve added a feature that allows you to block any Twitter user’s tweets from becoming trackback comments. Just add your own username (or the username of any spammer that’s bothering you), and the plugin will ignore their tweets.
  3. And for everyone that uses the plugin, we’ve made @usernames and #hashtags automatically show up as clickable hyperlinks.

You can get plugin version 0.9.2 right here. Or you can always get the latest version from the plugin’s own page at Tell your friends. Share and enjoy!

And, as always, we’d love to know what you think of it. We’ve already got some features planned out for next week, some of which are based on user requests. If you’ve got an idea, just send it to — and thank you for your support.

Posted by rishab