WordPress.com Possibly More Spherical

April 25, 2008

If we assessed the popularity of requests in the WordPress.com forums for new features, Sphere would probably be in the top 10. (By the way, the feature most requested on the forums is AdSense under the control of the blogger.)

Well, WordPress.com just got more spherical. The new possibly related posts feature uses Sphere to generate links at the end of a post.

If we find any posts on your blog that are related, we’ll put those at the very top and in bold. Next we’ll show other posts from around WordPress.com, and finally we’ll check if there’s anything in the mainstream media.

Visitors to your blog won’t always see possibly related posts. The links don’t show up on the main page of your blog, or for posts when Sphere can’t find related posts. You can turn the feature off entirely. Matt says that the feature will be tweaked as feedback and other data come in.

4 Responses to “WordPress.com Possibly More Spherical”


  1. heh heh So how did you get it to only display related links from your own blog? ;)

  2. Andrew Says:

    Mike, the crafty engtech tells how, and has some other good comments on the possibly related posts feature.

  3. recover345 Says:

    I don’t seem to see it display related posts in any of my posts and I haven’t checked the second box to disable this. Is it on by default because it doesn’t seem to be for my blog.

  4. Andrew Says:

    Recovery, I believe that the feature is on by default – but take a look at the appropriate boxes and see how they are checked or not. It may be that the software can’t find any posts that look related.


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