For those of you that use Twitter a bit, you might have found that the new Twitter includes some great media views in their streams. On a different site, I have collected quite a few of those, just to make sure that when I use a third party tool to post files and videos (or use some of the location based systems), I use one that is included on the Twitter website.
A couple of days ago, I learned that the underlying technology was created by Parrotfish, and has been made available to the general public via a site called Embed.ly.
The site also provides a WordPress plugin, so anyone with a self-hosted website should be able to embed media housed on other websites into their post, like Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitpic and 250 more.
We are always trying to enrich our website, and as Naples Free-Net, we also like to introduce the community. What better way to do it than by bringing it all to one great website?
So, I installed the plugin (searched for the term: Embedly), and tested it out.
The instructions say that it will embed it in a place where the respective url of a service is posted. To be honest, I had to experiment a little bit with the not so popular services, but, eventually, I got it to work. So, here is a list of my first attempts to use it in WordPress.
A list of websites and services available via public embedding through this plugin from Embed.ly can be found here. You can click on each service to see the link pattern, which would trigger the auto-embedding on your post or page.
NOTE: One lesson I learned is that the link cannot be a hot link. WordPress, by default, makes every url it finds a hot link, so you need to remove that by highlighting the whole link, and use the broken chain link icon in you tool bar to remove the coding that makes the link hot.
Here are more instructions regarding the WordPress Plugin for Embedly
Livestream Channel of Women in the World
Update: 4/20/2011 We replaced the Livestream channel of AAUW because AAUW took down their LiveStream Channel.
Today during review of this plugin is actually came up in the discussion, what happens to the link when the site goes away. So here we have a good example that once in a while you need to check older posts/pages if the embedded content is still visible.
Flickr Set: Street Banners in Immokalee
A Tweet by @NFNPrez
— NFN 4 Good (@nfn4good) March 17, 2011
TEDTalks: Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine
Image from my post on Posterous.com
Link I used: http://post.ly/1Iyb1
A Twitpic Photo
Link used: http://twitpic.com/photos/npcscoop
Now, go out and use it to link content posted elsewhere, in order to augment your page or your post. However, make sure you are respectful of other peoples’ content though, and not use your site just as an echo-chamber. Sometimes it is easier to post media elsewhere instead of on WordPress, and using embed tools to spin the web together as the glue for Web2.0, also prepares you for Web3.0, too.
Feel free to not only post your questions in the comment area below, but also links to posts or pages where you embedded something through this plugin and anything else you found out about it.