Boston WordCamp

I went to Boston for a really great WordCamp and forgot to take pictures of anything to actually DO with WordCamp, even though a) Ethan Marcotte, one of my very favourite tech writers, was speaking, and b) I hung out with many excellent people and filled my brain with many good things and had many good times.

But this is what you get instead:

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Right here, #WPRightNow blog post about the #WPRightNow tag, which can be applied to posts so that readers can filter for immediate updates to current events.

Traditional news outlets are crucial for getting the basic facts right. Your Twitter and Facebook feeds provide quick, unfiltered updates about events as they unfold.  What we often yearn for, though, is a personal angle: someone on the ground, or deeply involved with the story, to walk us through their own take on a complex event. When we learn why it matters to them, we begin to understand why we, too, should care.

Happy to see this—I think the current-ness of current events is a really important vertical to apply where we can to our reading communities. It adds personal depth to our understanding of what’s going on during important events, and it helps inform our own reading of traditional news. In fact, it can offer quick access to the right sources for traditional media. It’s a concept that largely originated with the spread of self-defined Twitter hashtags, has been applied a little more problematically to search engine rankings, and the more we can make it work on various platforms, the better. I’m interested to see if this initiative will work, or if the result will be overtagging of non-relevant content.