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Recommended Posts – what are those?

Outbrain plugin logo

Outbrain plugin logo

You may have noticed a few changes around the site. I’m playing with a few different themes, I’ve added a cloud tag, and I’m using some cool new plugin tools. One of those is the Outbrain plugin – this is a tool that makes page recommendations based on reader feedback. I installed it so that I could get some info about the articles that you like, so that I can write more of the good stuff and spend less time spinning my wheels.

So, on the side of the page, you should notice some links to popular articles on my site. You can leave feedback on articles by clicking stars at the bottom of the text. The more feedback you leave, the more accurate the predictions that Outbrain makes should be.

I’m also toying with the idea of allowing Outbrain to serve links to other people’s pages. I wont get a dime from doing this – instead, it rewards the company for creating such a useful tool. It also earns money for charity. Outbrain partners with the following charities, and I get to pick one to donate to:

  • International Red Cross
  • Women’s Bean Project
  • Tag-A-Giant (Bluefin Tuna conservation)
  • The Hunger Project
  • Children.org
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • The Alliance for Climate Protection
  • Since I’m launching this plugin on the same day that a series of earthquakes struck Japan, I”m going to select the International Red Cross as the first charity. What do you think? Which of those charities do you think are most deserving of donations?