Everyone wants their badge on your blog
Out with the Old
The Postrank ‘Top Blog Posts’ widget is gone too because the rankings seem to be circular. People tend to click on these items even though the service measures all clicks on all links. They’ll continue to measure the clicks, but the badge was randomly appearing and disappearing depending on what browser you used to view the blog.
The ‘Recent Blog Posts’ widget from Blogger is gone because most of the time it just didn’t work. I did not find an answer to the problem in the Blogger Help forum.
All three of the Technorati widgets are gone including the ‘Cloud Tag,’ the 'Authority’ badge, and one that allowed you to make the blog a ‘Favorite.' The Technorati web site says the company no longer supports any of them and that it has moved on to providing other services.
A whole bunch of small badges from various blog tracking services are gone. They didn't do much, and just added to the visual clutter. To speed things up generally, I deleted two widgets that pulled data from their home pages in order to display information here. They include one that displayed CO2 data from an observatory in Hawaii and a weather widget from the Weather Channel .
In the with New
The blog roll has been upgraded to show the most recent post from each site and the time of the last update. This seems to be a popular feature one that has been widely adopted by other sites that use the Blogger service.
The blog now features a Tweet feed from the ‘Nuclear Tribe,” which is a continuous stream of blog posts from about 50 people, at this point, who post on Twitter about nuclear energy. The number of people using it will likely grow over time.
Several of the online services will continue. They include the Sphere ‘What’s Related’ button at the bottom of each blog post and the Add This drop down menu to tie into social media also located at the footer of each blog post.
The Adaptive Blue service embedded in blog posts highlights movies, books, and Wiki entries. There is an extension for it that works with Mozilla’s Firefox.
Lastly, the Twitter feed that accompanies this blog is at the top of the list. People seem to enjoy it.
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