Links I Liked: WordPress on Facebook, WhatsApp in Emergency Response and more

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A short selection of links you might find helpful and interesting:

Instant Article. Photo: Facebook

Instant Article. Photo: Facebook

We have all been there: you see an interesting article in your Facebook newsfeed, you click on it and then it takes forever for the content to load. More often than not, you decide to move on after a few seconds and don’t bother waiting. To address this issue, Facebook recently started rolling out Instant Articles, a feature that loads articles in the news feed on your mobile device without delay (thus the name). This is good for publishers because users are less likely to abandon an article and it’s good for Facebook because the content loads within Facebook and users are less likely to leave the walled garden of the social network. When Instant Articles was announced, the focus was mainly on the big players like the BBC or the New York Times, but recently Facebook has announced that anyone who uses WordPress will be able to publish articles as Instant Articles as of April. In most cases all you will have to do is install an extra plugin. Think of it like an extra RSS feed. If you run your website or blog on WordPress you should definitely give it a shot.

When Instant Articles was announced, the focus was mainly on the big players like the BBC or the New York Times, but recently Facebook has announced that anyone who uses WordPress will be able to publish articles as Instant Articles as of April. In most cases all you will have to do is install an extra WordPress plugin which will be released by Automattic, the company behind WordPress. Think of it like an extra RSS feed. If you run your website or blog on WordPress you should definitely give it a shot.

This is a mini case study that shows how local engineers in India used WhatsApp to coordinate the response to a tropical storm. I’m a little confused why this article has only been published 1.5 years after the cyclone, but it still shows how social media and instant messaging are used by communities to make their work more efficient.

I’m always looking for creative ways to tell stories. In this post, WhyDev lists four projects that focus on the refugee crisis. My personal favourite: 2 Billion Miles.

Making technology decisions can be scary. If you choose wrong, you will have spent a lot of money and potentially be locked into a system that will be very hard to get rid off. The Engine Room has created these helpful rules of thumb, based on interviews with 38 organisations working on transparency and accountability projects in Kenya and South Africa. The page also links to their tool selection assistant.

Have you come across any interesting links lately? Please leave them in the comments!