New BETA version 2.0.0b4 released and other news…

Hey Everyone, We're getting closer to a new version of Just made some more fixes to the 2.0.0 beta, thanks to everyone who has helped me test. You can download the new version here. I'm still getting questions about Google+, and trust me, I haven't forgotten about it. Google still hasn't opened up their API for writes (it's read-only). As soon as they open it up, I'll be working to add it. I've been hearing a lot of chatter on the internet from Google+ developers. They're all just waiting for Google to open up the API so they can start writing their apps.

So, if I don't get any bug reports about this BETA, it'll become the official version of Thanks again for all the testing!

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LinkedIn Groups and a New BETA!

Hey Everyone, been working hard on two versions of! First, I found out that LinkedIn Groups have been added to LinkedIn's API. So I wanted to add that to the plugin as soon as possible. It is in the latest release version of the plugin (version 1.3.12) as well as the latest version of the beta (2.0.0b3). It is also still a little experimental. I've tested it to the best of my ability, and for some reason the LinkedIn developers made the API a little different from the regular sharing API. So you may see it a little different. If you have any questions, contact me.

I've had a few people testing the BETA for me and the last version had a few big bugs that needed to be squashed. I believe it is getting much more stable now, so I released a new version of the BETA, available here. It would be great if any of you had the time to test it. I think you'll be much happier with this version. If I do not get any negative feedback, I will make this version the next release of the plugin.

I've also been getting a lot of questions about Google+. Yes, Google+ is on my radar :)... they killed the Buzz API a few months ago, but still haven't opened up the Google+ API for posting. Currently it only support read-only requests. As soon as I find out that they've opened it up for posting, I'll be adding it to the service. Hopefully it's coming real soon!

Again, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.

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Hey Everyone, been working hard on a new update to the plugin. I've only tested this in WordPress 3.2+, but it should work fine in WordPress 3.1. It *might* work in previous version, but I didn't test them. If you're not on the latest release version of WordPress you should be (for security reasons).

Here are some of the new features available in 2.0.0:

  • Built-in URL Shortener Options
  • Automatic preview of your post before it is sent to your social network
  • Major code changes to improve efficiency
  • and more!

Click here to download the 2.0.0 BETA release.

Check out this short video I made of the new plugin...

Contact me here if you have any trouble with the beta version.

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Google Buzz is Dead…

As many of you were aware, Google announced that they were going to kill off Google Buzz. It looks like they finally shut off the Google Buzz API, which means the service can no longer post to your Google Buzz accounts. Please upgrade your plugin to remove the Google Buzz options.

If you'd like some more information about this, please read Google's Fall Sweep announcement. As soon as Google opens up their Google+ API for posting, I will be adding it to the service.

P.S. I'm working on a pretty big update for the plugin, should have a lot of nice new features. Including the ability to change your URL shortener, a better interface to see what your posts will look like on the fly, and I expect it will be a lot more efficient! Coming soon :).

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How to use the URL shortener with

I've written about using and before, but this is how you can use the URL shortener -- if that's your cup of tea. To use the URL shortener, simply add this code to your theme's functions.php file:

function custom_leenkme_url_shortener( $api_url, $url ) {  
	$isgd_api ="";  
	$isgd_args = array(  
				'url' => $url,
				'format' => 'simple'
	return $isgd_api . '?' .  http_build_query( $isgd_args );  
add_filter( 'leenkme_url_shortener', 'custom_leenkme_url_shortener', 10, 2 );  

And that's it. By the way, I'm working on a big update for the plugin, so you won't have to use this code anymore. It will be integrated right into the plugin's user interface.

Let me know if you run into any trouble.

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It’s official, we have over 1,000 active subscribers!

Wow, over 1,000 subscribers! I am amazed that this service has been as popular as it has been. And I still have a lot of plans for the future of!

How it started

When I started the service, I was seriously afraid that no one would be interesting in subscribing to the service. As many of you know, started out as a plugin named RF TwitterPost. When we found out that Twitter was killing their basic auth API and moving to a strict oAuth API we did not know how we were going to handle it. We actually sent out a survey to all the TwitterPost users and asked them if they would be interested in a pay-service like A resounding majority said they would not pay for this service. But I took a leap of faith, put some money down on a server and started it up. Within the first day I was already shocked by the number of people who showed interested and subscribed. And now, not even a year later we have over 1,000 subscribers!

Who uses

I've seen a huge variety of clients. People who own WordPress e-commerce stores and want to Tweet/Facebook/etc. whenever they add a new product (or group of products). News organizations who want to send a message out whenever they publish a new story. Religious organizations that want to keep their followers apprized of the happenings in their congregations. Lawyers who send out weekly tips. Real Estate agency who want to keep you apprised of the latest real estate news. And yes, the occasional spammer or porn website.

I remember the first time a spammer signed up, they joined the Plus account and added over 100 domains. Luckily they weren't the cause of any major problems, but the first time the service had an outage was caused by someone who tried publishing over 1,000 stories in less than a minute. Obviously, I never anticipated someone doing something so crazy :). So I've learned a lot about maintaining a piece of software like this. I've had to upgrade the servers 4 times since I started the project. And this is why I charge for the plugin, though I am trying to keep the price as low as possible. There is a lot of money in keeping a server running.

What you never knew!

I've never gone public with this, only a few of my friends know... but I actually donate 10% of all my net revenue from to the WordPress foundation. Why? Well, WordPress is an open-source product, I try to contribute to it by providing patches and opening tickets for problems, but sometimes I'm too busy to even do that. I know many business owners who use WordPress and are making tons of money from this freely available software. I think it is important to give back to the community that is enabling us to make money. After all, if the software continues to thrive, our businesses should continue to thrive. So, every time you pay, you're actually contributing a little to the WordPress foundation. Of course, if you want to give more to the WPF, you can here:

I want to thank you all for continuing to support As always, if you have any trouble, let me know via my contact form.

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New Logo, Other News, & What’s to Come?

New Logo

I've been working with Ian Leino for a few weeks now to come up with a new logo for My first logo was just something I threw together to get the service up and running and I felt like it was time for a logo change. Ian is a great designer and really put up with all my crap. It took us several revisions and idea swaps to get to this new logo. But I have to say, I really like it, I think it expresses exactly what is -- a simple service that connects your clients, followers, users with you.

Ian's work was recently featured on G4TV's Attack of the Show, as you can see he is a very talented graphic designer and does a lot of great T-Shirt designs. If you ever need a designer, I would highly recommend him. Not only is he talented, but he's professional, understanding, and patient. Be sure to check out his portfolio to see some of his other works.

Other News

I have been spending some time trying to figure out what the "next" service is gong to be that gets added to the plugin and I've unfortunately hit a few brick walls. I really wanted to include Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon but was sad to find out that this would not be possible... at least not in the way that has functioned with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

Digg does not allow users API access to publish stories. I'm sure they do this to prevent SPAM. Trust me there are some users of that would definitely fall in this category :).

Reddit does have an API that allows access to publish stories, but it would require me to store your Reddit username/password. We pride ourselves in using the most security security protocols available. We do not store your social network passwords anywhere on our system and feel that it would be too risky to do this for Reddit. This doesn't mean that Reddit is off the table completely. Hopefully they'll implement an oAuth (or similar) API that will allow us to use them for publishing content.

StumbleUpon is half-available. If you saw, I recently wrote about how you can use StumbleUpon's URL shortener with This is the best we can do. StumbleUpon, like Digg does not allow direct publishing of stories to their service. But if you use their URL shortener, you are essentially adding a story to their service. For this reasons, I would probably recommend over You can kill two birds with one stone. If you use the URL shortener and publish to Twitter, you get potential StumbleUpon "likes" from your Twitter followers. Ultimately make other StumbleUpon users see your content. Which then will drive more customers to your site! So it's not first place, but it's a really close second.

What's to come?

Just because there aren't any more social networks being considered for, doesn't mean that isn't going to continue to thrive. I have a lot of plans for the plugin and for the site itself. Hopefully we'll be adding newer and better features soon, so be on the look out.

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How to use StumbleUpon’s URL shortener in

I recently wrote about using the URL shortener in and was doing some research into adding the StumbleUpon social sharing site to the plugin. However, I was saddened to find that StumbleUpon does not have a public API. So there isn't a way to publicize your posts directly to StumbleUpon, like you can with Facebook, Twitter, etc.

However, StumbleUpon does have a URL shortener called The URL shortener is basically like adding your site to StumbleUpon... it's the only way can use the service. So if you want people to be able to "Stumble Upon" your site, try this code:

function custom_leenkme_url_shortener( $api_url, $url ) {

    $supr_api ="";

    $supr_args = array(
                            'url' => $url

    return $supr_api . '?' .  http_build_query( $supr_args );

add_filter( 'leenkme_url_shortener', 'custom_leenkme_url_shortener', 10, 2 );

Or, if you want to track your Stumbles, you can sign up at and use this code:

function custom_leenkme_url_shortener( $api_url, $url ) {

    $supr_api ="";

    $supr_args = array(
                            'url' => $url,
                            'login' => 'ENTER_YOUR_SUPR_NAME',
                            'apiKey' => 'ENTER_YOUR_SUPR_APIKEY'

    return $supr_api . '?' .  http_build_query( $supr_args );

add_filter( 'leenkme_url_shortener', 'custom_leenkme_url_shortener', 10, 2 );
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How to use the FriendFeed plugin for WordPress

The anatomy of a FriendFeed entry...

Default FriendFeed Settings

Feed to MyFeed – Check this box if you want to publish new posts to your main FriendFeed Profile.

Feed to Group – Check this box if you want to publish new posts to your FriendFeed Group.

Default Image URL - Each FriendFeed post has an image attached to it, you can use this to specify a default image to use.

Default Image URL: <blank>
Example Default Image URL:

Feed Categories – Select which categories to include or exclude from FriendFeed.

Default Feed Categories: Include All Categories

Publish All Authors – The plugin suite allows you to take advantage of multiple authors on your WordPress website. Each author can setup a account and insert their API key into the plugin. If you have multiple authors publishing to your WordPress website then you will wan to have this box checked to ensure that your FriendFeed posts get sent properly.

Post Specific Settings

Custom Body - You can use this option to customize the body that gets sent to FriendFeed . You can use the %TITLE%, %WPSITENAME%, or %WPTAGLINE% format options.

Image URL – The Default Image URL (mentioned above) can be modified in three ways. If your theme supports Featured Images you can add a new image to your post an mark it as the Featured Image. The plugin will then automatically use that image URL for Facebook. If you have attached an image to the post you are publishing, will try to get that image and use it as the image sent to FriendFeed. If neither of those work for you, you can simply add the URL to the image you want o use in the Image URL box.

Exclude from MyFeed – Check this box if you wish to exclude posting this specific post from your main FriendFeed profile.

Exclude from Group– Check this box if you wish to exclude posting this specific post from your FriendFeed group.

Posted in FriendFeed | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments 1.3.0 – FriendFeed support and more!

Version 1.3.0 of the plugin has been released. Be sure to check your plugin dashboard for the update. With support for the FriendFeed social network! As always, I wrote a post and made a video tutorial explaining the basics. You can use the contact form if you run into any trouble.

How to Use the FriendFeed plugin for WordPress

There were actually a bunch of updates added to this version...

  • Added FriendFeed support!
  • Updated the category include/exclude option for each page
  • Automatically enable the "All Authors?" option on new activations for sites that have multiple users setup
  • Fixed error introduced with the share link feature on the Facebook module
  • General security hardening
  • Fixed bug causing post meta to be erased when you quick-edit a post
  • Fixed JavaScript bug that prevents the "Re" functions from working immediately after quick-editing post info
  • Fixed Tweet Category/Tag warnings
  • Added disabled() helper function for WP2.9.2 and below

You should definitely check out your settings to make sure the include/exclude categories were updated properly. I tested pretty rigorously, but you can never test for all cases.

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