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Who’s Who of WordPress: 99 Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following

Edit: I’ve put together a public Twitter list that includes all 99 accounts.

If you’re not on Twitter it’s time to get with the program.

In 140-character bursts of information, Twitter provides quick headlines, links to stories and the wittiest zingers going around.

I’ve created a list of the top 99 English-language Twitter accounts I recommend following for all the latest news and views about WordPress and the people in every time zone working with our favorite 10-year-old.

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Sweet Pay Day For Automattic Employees: Tiger Global Invests $50 million

Some of Automattic’s early employees and shareholders are set to rake in the moolah.

Hedge fund and private equity investor Tiger Global has snapped up $50 million worth of shares from existing shareholders, including some of the company’s early and loyal staff.

Rather than invest directly in the company, Tiger’s share buyout allows these shareholders to turn paper wealth into actual cash – and possibly yachts and really fast cars.

Just a week after Yahoo bought our blogging site Tumblr for $1.1 billion, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg announced the deal on his personal blog.

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The WordPress Planet Has Been Replaced

The WordPress Planet news feed is in some serious need of revamping. In our recent post “The WordPress Planet is Pants – and here’s how to improve it”, James pointed out what everyone was already thinking.

The WordPress Planet has been cluttered with irrelevant content for a long time. As no initiatives to improve it have been made known, the folks at WPLift has taken it upon themselves to create “A Better Planet,” a feed that includes WordPress news sources based on merit and relevance.

Introducing: A Better Planet

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Something is Rotten in the State of WordPress

To the vast majority, WordPress is the poster-child of the open source world.

With over 65 million sites worldwide, 52% of the top 100 blogs on the web and ~17% of the top million websites out there, it’s the ultimate tale of how a community driven project with a open source free-for-all GPL2 license can beat the big boys and take over the web.

It’s full of derring-do, us vs. them, the open internet versus the proprietary, and personal ownership vs. third party dependence – it’s a lesson in what happens if you ‘do the right thing’.

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The WordPress Planet is Pants – and here’s how to improve it

Since back in the day I’ve had a keen interest in the WordPress Planet, sure sometimes it’s been a bit snarky, but at the end of the day I am genuinely interested in good WP news coming through the pipes into my various dashboards.

And of course, from a business perspective I could hardly be more interested… man I’d love to have WPMU.org in there, since the early days it’s been the holy grail of ‘writing about WordPress’ publishing.

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A 10 Year Visual History of WordPress.org

May 27th will mark the 10th birthday for WordPress, which started as a fork by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little from the B2/Cafelog blogging software.

In fact, in good internet fashion, you can see some of the very first stirrings of WordPress in a post where Matt laments that b2 hasn’t been updated in a while, and he’s thinking of splitting off from it. The first commenter on that post is Mike Little saying, “If you’re serious about forking b2 I would be interested in contributing.”

And WordPress was born.

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How to Insert WordPress Photo Galleries Anywhere Into Your Theme

Last December WordPress dramatically stepped up the way media was handled. It improved the Media Library, the Media Manager, and even default WordPress photo galleries. (Check out that link if you want a tutorial on creating galleries.)

Those efforts at the end of last year really made working with galleries much easier and more pleasurable. And so if you’ve been enjoying the new galleries as I have, you may like this little trick that will allow you to put galleries pretty much anywhere you like in your site.

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Zuck’s got it right, 50% of our staff have been turned down for US visas… for a holiday get together!

So, this year something pretty amazing is going to happen… the whole Incsub team is going to meet up for the first time in NYC, at the end of June, woohoo!

We’ve never done it before, but we figure that it’s time to start behaving like a bona fide proper business, and doing as many physical meet-ups as possible, even if they are more of the Valve type (i.e. very little, if any, actual work… ok, it’s a holiday :)

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses... but not your highly qualified tech staff in need of a nice holiday

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Where are the Women in WordPress?

Since my first Programming 101 lecture at college 10 years ago where I was just one of five women in my class, it seems not a lot has changed.

Back then, the stares of a hundred pimply nerds trying to pass off bum fluff for facial hair burned my skin. No doubt they were all wondering what the hell I was doing there, invading their territory, their space to avoid the needless stress of making small talk with the opposite sex.

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