As for frontend usability, I wanted visitors to be able to easily share content from this blog and to discover more information about topics I discuss. As such, I integrated AddThis buttons--> to both my blog and each post. These enable a visitor to share content on almost any social website (e.g. Facebook), to bookmark (locally or via a social bookmarking site ala Delicious), or to even just email content. I also added a gadget that transforms Google's boring label gadget into an awesome, interactive, 3D tag cloud. Want one for yourself? Head over to Blogger Buster to get the code.
Last but definitely not least, I am using Apture to add interactivity to my hyperlinks. Apture links are designated by icons preceding the links; the icon specifies the type of content available. By hovering over an Apture link, visitors will see a pop-up with additional media and other related content that I have chosen to be displayed. For example: if I were blogging about dogs, I could link to Youtube videos with cute puppies or Wikipedia articles on dog care, post a map of local dog shelters, or even link to any document I've created - all this via one link, without making a visitor to leave my blog. There is a wide-variety of content available for linking, and only the content I choose is shown. I only wish that links were interactive on my RSS feed as well. Apture also makes it very easy for a blogger to embed content in a post. I highly recommend trying out Apture.
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