Portland-based developer Matt King has released an AJAX search plugin for WordPress. It is currently available for download from his site.
Matt describes the inspiration for the WordPress AJAX plugin on his blog:
I use the Spotlight feature in OS X an awful lot. While some people would rather use things like Quicksilver, I like just hitting command+space and typing in what I’m looking for, be it a document or even an application I want to open.
That’s the inspiration for AJAX.search, a search system built on Prototype’s AJAX framework. It will make a call to a URL you specify and display the results under your search box like Spotlight (and now, like the search at Apple.com). From there you can hit the up or down arrow keys to select a result and then hit the enter key to visit the link.
For more information on the plugin, to see the search in action, or to download it for your WordPress blog, visit Matt King’s blog.
Portland-based Grabb.it has announced the release of a new microblogging feature for its users.
Following the lead of services like Twitter, Jaiku, and Pownce, the new Grabb.it feature allows users to post short messages (less than 140 characters) and provides a feed to which others can subscribe. An example can be found here.
The recent development efforts—like the iPhone interface—have led to a growth spurt for Grabb.it, forcing them to have deal with (welcome) growing pains.
Just a friendly reminder that you’ve been invited to schmooze with the Metroblogging Portland crew, tonight, at rontoms, starting around 5:30.
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If you’re like most of the Silicon Forest startups, you don’t have a ton of money to advertise, you probably can’t hire full-time public relations help, and most people don’t even understand what you’re doing. So, there’s a communications gap between you and your audience.
Blogging helps fill that gap.
But, let’s be honest. After spending 20 hours cranking code, it’s hard to find time to keep your blog up-to-date.
That’s what makes this offer from Marshall Kirkpatrick so interesting:
So, if you are a company who would like to hire a blogger for either in-house content creation or for news coverage for your blog network, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell me what topic areas you’re looking to fill, whether it’s a part time, very part time or full time job and how much the position pays. (How much should you pay? See the bottom of this post.) If and when I find bloggers who I would recommend for the position, I’ll email you and offer to introduce you. This is where the quality control comes in, my reputation for this depends on my not recommending bad bloggers. If you would like to hire me to offer advanced training for whoever you select, that’s great – let me know. You’ll end up with a world class social media presence. I’m happy to make introductions regardless.
Marshall is asking bloggers who are looking for paying gigs to contact him, as well. Then, he’ll work to synchronize the right writers with the right companies. Win-win-win.
To get the full story, see Marshall’s post, entitled “Introducing good bloggers and companies to hire them.”
Marshall Kirkpatrick currently serves as the Director of Content at SplashCast and a consultant on social media. Prior to joining SplashCast, Marshall was the lead blogger at TechCrunch. For more information, see Marshall’s personal site.
Local collective blog, Urban Honking, has announced that it is now accepting applications for Ultimate Blogger 3.
Applications are now being accepted! You have until August 30th to apply and the application process is very easy: Shoot a video of introducing yourself and telling us what qualities you have that will make you the winner of Ultimate Blogger. Tell us about where you’re from, what you do, and what makes you the best contestant. Then upload your video to Vimeo.com and add the tag “UB3app“. We’re looking for bloggers who are willing to take the competition even deeper than the amazing performances of last season’s game. We’re looking for the BEST BLOGGERS IN THE WORLD! Ultimate Blogger 3 is going to be bigger, faster paced, and more popular than last season.
Think you’re made of the right stuff? Get to applying.
Urban Honking is a collection of blogs with more than 50 bloggers providing content. In the words of Urban Honking, “It feels like a real community of creative people. “