Publicize to Your Google+ Pages

Great news for those who wanted it, and there were many of you that did! The wait is over. You can now publicize to your Google Plus *Page*, not just your profile. Thank you again, WordPress.com!

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Back in September we announced some cool new ways to connect your WordPress.com site to your Google+ account. One major improvement was the ability to bring your WordPress.com and Google+ profiles closer together by sharing your content via Publicize.

Make your content visible on your Google+ Page

Today we’re happy to announce yet another way to integrate the two platforms. You can now use Publicize to share your WordPress.com content on your Google+ Page too!

While Google+ Profiles are used by individuals, Google+ Pages function as a space for organizations, companies, public figures, and other branded entities (for example: your blog!). You’d use your Google+ Profile to interact with friends and personal acquaintances; your Google+ Page would serve your public persona as a professional, business owner, artist, or blogger.

To get started, head over to your dashboard, then go to Settings → Sharing. When you’ve reached the…

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Beware the ToS Rights Grab of Headliner

Getting the word out about your site and newly published posts is something that plagues bloggers, both new and old. WordPress.com offers several integrated ways to publicize new posts to your social networks as a part of the posting process. However, Headliner.fm, which appears as a promotional service in the optional “feedback and progress sidebar” after publishing a new post, is a “service” you’ll want to avoid. By using Headliner.fm, you effectively give up your copyrights and allow them to use your posts in any way Headliner.fm chooses, for free, forever. Thank you to acaphil02ph for making us aware of this by posting in the Community Forums and to Suzy Walker-Toye for amplifying it.

Update 2013/10/10: WordPress.com has updated the Support Doc on “Publicize” to include the following (under “Additional Information”):

A note about Terms of Service Sharing your post to another online service, via Publicize, may subject your shared content that other service’s terms of use. Many other online services have terms of use or content guidelines that differ from our WordPress.com Terms of Service. Often, these terms give the service rights in user published content that are greater than the rights we (Automattic) have in content published to WordPress.com.

But still no mention on that page of an official partnership or integration with Headliner.fm.

Further Update 2013/10/10: The forum thread, which was closed by Staff when Community members began to voice their concerns regarding Headliner.fm’s ToS, has just been reopened in order to allow a representative of Headliner.fm to respond. However, as far as I can tell, there’s been no change in the Terms of Service as they appear on Headliner.fm’s website.

And another Update 2013/10/11: Interesting to note that WordPress.com has changed the wording in the feedback and progress sidebar since Suzy published her above post to read “Reach 1000s of new people on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and more — for free using Headliner.fm.” So there’s been a move to be more transparent about which “service” is being used, and that is a good thing. However, still no real change in Headliner’s TOS.

Memoirs of an Underwater Photographer

This is just a warning folks….

This came to my attention recently, wordpress.com has integrated a new 3rd Party Service into its post blogging panel (you know, the panel that comes up after you publish a post). I wondered about it – ostensibly it looks like a great service, who wouldn’t want to promote their posts for free across a range of services? Who ever reads the terms of services anyway? Well perhaps you should, when you read the ToS (Terms of Service), they basically are taking the right to do anything they please with your content, no holds barred

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You grant to HEADLINER the unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual fully-paid and royalty-free right and license to host, use, copy, distribute, reproduce, disclose, sell, resell, sublicense, display, perform, transmit, publish, broadcast, modify, make derivative works from, retitle, reformat, translate, archive, store, cache or otherwise exploit

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Google Plus: Connecting to Pages and Profiles

While we cannot yet publicize our posts to Google+ Pages (see this update), we can, however, add a link to either a Profile or a Page in a WordPress.com site's sidebar by going to this Google page while logged in on Google Plus: https://developers.google.com/+/web/badge/ Because of code restrictions on WordPress.com, you can only use the Icon option offered … Continue reading Google Plus: Connecting to Pages and Profiles

Publicize to Google+ from WordPress.com: One size fits all

This past week, WordPress.com community members received one of their most requested features, the ability to connect their WordPress.com site to their Google Plus profile. In the News announcement from WordPress.com, several options were presented, including: Publicizing your posts to Google Plus Google authorship for your site's posts. Commenting on WordPress.com sites using a Google … Continue reading Publicize to Google+ from WordPress.com: One size fits all