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Jetpack 2.0 for WordPress Released: Your True Digital Hub

54 million WordPress websites. 3 million Jetpack downloads.

If you are one of the 54 million on a WordPress.org site, but not one of the other 3 million who use Jetpack because it was only available for WordPress.com, you can now supercharge your WordPress site now with these powerful new features that were only available to WordPress.com users previously.

Best part of 2.0, users can now automatically share blog content throughout all their social networks and no more installing myriad plugins utilizing different systems.¬† WordPress will now be ‘more social’. Yay!

Jetpack 2.0’s features include (via the WordPress website):

  • Simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server. Previously provided by WordPress.com Stats.
  • Email subscriptions for your blog’s posts and your post’s comments.
  • Social networking enabled comment system.
  • Monitor and manage your site’s activity with Notifications in your Toolbar and on WordPress.com.
  • Simple, Akismet-backed contact forms.
  • The WP.me URL shortener.
  • Hovercard popups for your commenters via Gravatar.
  • Easily embedded media from popular sites like YouTube, Digg, and Vimeo.
  • The ability to post to your blog from any email client.
  • Integration with and automatic posting to your favorite social networks including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.
  • For the Math geeks, a simple way to include beautiful mathematical expressions on your site.
  • A widget for displaying recent tweets. Previously provided by Wickett Twitter Widget
  • Your readers can easily share your posts via email or their favorite social networks. Previously provided by the Sharedaddy WordPress plugin.
  • Your writing will improve thanks to After the Deadline, an artificial intelligence based spell, style, and grammar checker. Previously provided by the After the Deadline WordPress plugin.
  • With Carousel active, any standard WordPress galleries you have embedded in posts or pages will launch a gorgeous full-screen photo browsing experience with comments and EXIF metadata.
  • A CSS editor that lets you customize your site design without modifying your theme.
  • A mobile theme that automatically streamlines your site for visitors on mobile devices.
  • Mobile push notifications for new comments via WordPress mobile apps.
  • The ability to allow applications to securely authenticate and access your site with your permission.
  • and many more to come!

Has anyone downloaded the new Jetpack 2.0? Let us know what you think.

Introducing….Sarah Johnson: Web Developer, Writer and Algorithm Wrangler

Who are you and what do you do?

Sarah Johnson, I have a web design business called etruro.com and I’m a writer as well.


What will you be teaching at Geek Girl Tech Conference this year?

SEO, Google Analytics, Writing for the Web, and WordPress Advanced

 

What was your favorite part of the conference last year?

The people. The classes were full and people were really fired up to learn.


PC or Mac?

Definitely a Mac, though I have a lot of PC experience from corporate life.

 

When did you first know you were geeky?

When I was 10 or 11 and begged for math puzzle books that were like crossword puzzles but with math and logic algorithms…early aptitude signals for programming-geek.


Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars.


Choose 5 people from any moment of time to have dinner and drinks with. Who would they be and why?

Emile Zola, because he’s my favorite writer these days and he was incredibly prolific and able to write his way into all kinds of characters and situations. Matt Damon, because he’s a local guy who made good-and I way over-identified with Good Will Hunting. President Obama because he’s incredibly interesting and human without having an attitude about himself, and he’s seems like he’d be a lot of fun. Bon Iver because I’m interested in his creative process, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who Truman called “The First Lady of the World” for her human rights efforts.


Who do feel has had the most impact on technology in your time?

Steve Jobs without a doubt, simplifying, innovating, inventing….isn’t everyone going to own an iPad in the next year?

 

Facebook or Twitter?

Pinterest.

 

Tell us something about you nobody knows….

Seriously, if nobody knows, there’s no way I’m going to tell 500 geek girls about it.

Wanted: San Diego Geek Girls

Do you love the ocean?

Long walks on the beach?

69 degree average temperature year round?

Fish tacos and Stone IPA?

Then you MUST be a San Diego Geek Girl! And we want you!

We just started a Meetup Group to find Geek Girls in the San Diego area who might be interested in being a part of future Geek Girl Boot Camps in the area, as well as the successful “Hire a Geek Girl” program.

If you are a programmer, designer, social media maven, Quickbooks queen, PC or Mac afficionado, foursquare junkie, code toad or IT rock star…then join our Meetup Page and suggest some topis to discuss, events to partake in and perhaps just an all-around networking meetup and get to know ya party.

And if you are interested in sponsoring any of our events, we would love to have you involved and come and speak to the group!

Join us today and get involved with helping others get empowered in tech!

P.S. Geek Guys are so invited.

Top 10 Reasons to go to Geek Girl Boot Camp…

Here are the Top 10 Reasons to go to Geek Girl Boot Camp on Saturday, March 19th from 8 am. to 6 p.m. at the Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable:

10.) Not a Geek? Not a problem. It’s meant for all types of computer users; newbies, the hesitant, the self-taught, hard-core geeks, and people just wanting to empower themselves with all things geeky. Knowledge is Good!

9.) Not a Girl? Not a problem. The demographics of Boot Camp range from our youngest at 10 to our oldest at 84. And guys are totally welcome!

8.) Open schedule. Go to any workshop you want (some may have max capacity, etc)

7.) Come with friend/fellow co-worker and divide and conquer on workshops and share. Make new friends. Then learn how to make friends online with Facebook and Twitter!

6.) Outstanding Value. 8 hours of computer instruction, demos, discussion and the famous Geek Girl Help Desk, for less than the cost of 1 hour with a computer tech. Bring a laptop and take advantage of the opportunity!

5.) It’s Local! Right in your own backyard! No need to travel to Boston or Silicon Valley to get the latest on technology. It’s so simple!

4.) You’ll have fun! End the day with a schwag bag full of goodies and a tshirt, mix and mingle with attendees and speakers at the cocktail party where oodles of giveaways will be handed out to winners. (And martinis.)

3.) The Essential Geek Girl Handbook. Containing Top Ten Lists for workshops, speaker bios, ads from sponsors, glossaries, resources and filled with your own notes, this full-color book will be your reference source long after Boot Camp is over.

2.) Demos. Check out computers, smart phones, tablets, video cameras, digital cameras and other consumer products before buying. Get information from the people who use the products every day.

And the #1 Reason to go to Geek Girl Camp….

1.) Just so you can shock your know-it-all teenagers, your impatient spouse or that know-it-all guy in your office and say, “No thanks, I don’t need you to fix my computer. I went to Geek Girl Camp and I can do it myself!” Priceless…

It’s not too late! Register NOW!

Just a Thought: Donate a Scholarship to a Student or Woman in Need! This is a wonderful way to “Pay it Forward” – You can stay anonymous or we can post your name on the website. Contact us for more information.

See you at Boot Camp!

The Geek Girls

Who's Coming to Boot Camp Southeast Mass? Tickets on Sale Now!

POSTPONED – will have new date soon!

Who’s coming to Boot Camp Southeast Mass 2010?

Registration is now open for Boot Camp on May 22nd at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA, from 8am-6pm.

If you are interested in learning about the following, then Boot Camp is for you!

What is it?
Geek Girl Boot Camps are technology “unconferences” for women of all ages and knowledge levels where you can go to take classes on everything to do with computers, PC and Mac, the Internet, marketing, consumer electronics, software, social media, Photoshop, blogging, podcasting, digital photography, and more.

It includes:

  • Admission to all workshops – space allowances per room
  • Admission to Discussion Groups on Various Topics
  • Geek Girl Help Desk – All day Expert Help Desk, questions and answers, on everything tech; Mac and PC, software and hardware, email and Internet, Web Browsers and Social Media. The all day Help Desk will feature a library of O’Reilly Media tech books
  • Access to some of the finest experts in their fields
  • Huge Schwag bag full of goodies to take home
  • A Geek Girl Boot Camp tshirt – be the envy of everyone!
  • Great raffle gifts like computers, plasmas, iPods, printers and gift baskets
  • Phenomenal Networking and Support Groups
  • Cocktail Reception
  • and Lots More!


Who should attend?

Any woman, from young and old, who needs help with technology!
Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Entrepreneurs, employees, business owners, teachers, home businesses, consultants, stay at home Moms, women in transition, artists, non-profits, organizations, students, realtors, bankers, financial advisors, lawyers, PR, marketing/advertising, small business owners and (insert your job here!)

Your Mom! Your Grandmother! Your Daughter! Any woman you feel would benefit from the experience!

If you are a beginner just learning how to use computers, the Internet, digital cameras and more!

If you are an intermediate and know how to use a computer, but want to know more for your company or for fun!

If you are advanced, but want help on marketing your website, blog, podcast, social media skills and more!

What Are you Going to Learn? All levels of:

  • Social Media – How to use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn like a pro!
  • How to make your own Social Media Community
  • Learning how to make your Non-profit grow and succeed online with Social Media and Fundraising
  • Tools for Non-profits
  • How to start an online marketing and social media campaign for your service business: Perfect for contractors, real estate agents, small companies, Ma and Pa shops, entrepreneurs, consultants, coaches, home-based businesses
  • How to Diagnose my Computer
  • Becoming Proficient on my PC!
  • Becoming Proficient on my Mac!
  • Dreamweaver, HTML and websites
  • How to create and utilize a Database
  • QuickBooks Instruction for my Small Business
  • Understanding my iPhone
  • How to use iTunes
  • Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
  • Digital Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • All about Google! Google Search, Analytics, Docs and more
  • Video – How to shoot, market your video and what video cameras are for me?
  • WordPress and Content Management Systems
  • Podcasting – What is it, is it for me and how do I get started?
  • Blogging – Steps from getting a domain name, to setting up a blog, adding comments and marketing it – all in ONE day!

AND MORE!

Just a Thought:
Donate a Scholarship to a Student or Women in Need! This is a wonderful way to “Pay it Forward” – You can stay anonymous or we can post your name on the website.

Continuing Ed credits for teachers may be applied – find out more: leslie@geekgirlcamp.com

Would you like to be a Sponsor or Advertise in the Essential Conference Resource Handbook? Let us know!