Press This Weekly meeting

Any objections to Wednesday at 16:00 UTC?

More #feedback: One of the…

More #feedback:

One of the changes I always wanted to have was to be able to set the title tag in the link from the title of the page being linked and/or quoted

Idea: we should also focus…

Idea: we should also focus on adding video on mobile, since it’s so easy to take videos on phones. I don’t think the apps support video at all yet?

More general #feedback: here’s what…

More general #feedback:

here’s what I’d like to see:

Similar in function to a reblog on One click to fill out the post entry, including a picture, excerpt and the post itself. Something as easy as Facebook when you add a URL and it creates a nicely formatted entry. Currently it just dumps you in a post with a URL.

Also, I have several blogs and it would be nice to be able to pick which site to post the the item in a more intuitive manner.

Plugin Proposal

Feature plugin proposals are due before the feature plugin meeting tomorrow:

Anyone have time to write up something for Press This?

Press This on Desktop

Mirroring the initial iOS design concept by @marestad I tried to give a first try on how it will look on desktop.


Not much different in a sense, but throwing in a few things…

  • Header Background: the header can’t clearly replicate iOS, so while keeping the same structure, I went borrowing the wp-admin background setting. I’m not sure if it’s technically possible, but if it is, it will also help recognizing which site I’m posting to.
  • Header Options: just an icon, that is to allow for adding multiple blogs. This is something that of course will not be in in the case it’s the “Press This” autogenerated by the blog, it’s more a plugin thing if we release this as a standalone pluggable tool too (this is up to discussion).
  • Title, Embed, Body, same as the iOS mockup.
  • Auto-resize: I don’t think this is possible, but if it is, we should auto-resize the window while the user is typing.
  • Post Options: to allow for scheduling, tagging and so on. I haven’t mocked this up yet, but I think it should just add stuff on the page, so it becomes like an “extended” post edit view, instead of being an entirely different page, and that setting is likely remembered.
  • Cancel, Save, Publish: should be quite clear. 😉

I have in mind the idea that most of the work should be done in the middle “Embed” block. If that works, the rest becomes a breeze, almost a 1-click affair. If that requires editing, then it’s more complex.

There’s one use-case that isn’t mapped to any technical backend that imho needs special care for its usage: when you select content on a page, it should not just insert the block as a blockquote in the post body, but also add ideally a reference to the author, title and link, something like:

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– Author Name, <a href="...">Post Name</a>

Note that Facebook does this well: notice that when you share something the pre-compiled title, thumb and body are… editable on click. 😉


Received this #feedback from someone…

Received this #feedback from someone via email:

I also wanted to mention that while Press This works more reliably than Tumblr’s bookmarklet, it is missing some functionality.

  • It would be nice if the window closed on its own within a few seconds so I don’t have to manually close it
  • I can’t schedule/queue a post from Press This, or even change the timestamp
  • Press This has no post format autodetection. It would be helpful if, when text is selected and Press This clicked, for the Quote format to be automatically selected. I would make Link the default for when nothing is selected.
  • To expand on that last point, Press This doesn’t match Tumblr’s bookmarklet in terms of offering support for media-driven like Flickr, SoundCloud, or YouTube. For instance, when you use the Tumblr bookmarklet to share an image on Flickr, Tumblr defaults to the image post format and correctly imports the image and caption. Press This doesn’t. To share an image to our microblog, I now have to download it first and then upload it to get it to display properly on our microblog, and specify the caption myself.