The genius that resides under the name Alun Salt has come up with another good 'un: the Google+Blog plugin for WordPress. Installing this plugin on WordPress allows us to pull tagged content from the Annals of Botany Google+ page onto our WordPress blog - including live content such as comments made on the Google+ site:
Why does this matter? As we follow Andrew Baron's dictum of write once, publish everywhere so as to maximize a readership sperad across multiple domains, the economics of republishing content become more unwieldy but the importance of doing so increases. The plugin allows us to close this loop.
I wish I had similar similar functionality for this blog on the Blogger platform, where nearly all the interaction occurs on Google+ these days. Although Blogger has improved greatly over the last year, this is one area it still lags behind WordPress, and the difficulties of making Blogger and Google+ talk to each other are frustrating. Blogger has a plugin architecture ("Gadgets"), what it lacks is the user community who develop code in the way that happens with WordPress. Unless I'm missing something?