so you’re asking, what’s this, another new version of MT? sounds complicated! why should i bother?
it’s not for the MySQL support, though that’s cool. you don’t have to have MySQL-enabled servers in order to run the new version of MT. the reason you should upgrade is the new TrackBack feature.
TrackBack is the next level in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things bloggy. and you know how i feel about connectedness. here’s how it works: let’s say i read someone‘s post about the trackback option, so i go and install the new MT. and then, when i post about it, i look up the trackback information on his entry (click ‘trackback’ below to see what i mean). i put that URL in the ‘ping’ section in my entry page. and when i save my post, it pings his entry. then if you go to his site, his trackback will list my entry, as a related post.
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note: Mena pointed out that there is a bookmarklet that will do the pinging of the posts automatically. i’ve not yet gotten that far into it, i just now got all this running. but apparently it’s even easier than i thought!
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it’s about community and interactivity. and toys. cool, geeky toys.
i’ve already pinged one of his entries, now i’m going to ping another one. i’m like the mad pinger today (xkot, i promise to mellow out in the future. i’m just a bit carried away right now).
but aside from just using it as a toy, imagine this: you read a post. that post has been pinged by two other interested parties. you read their entries from links in the “trackback” section. when you post, you ping all three entries, creating a network of connected entries on different sites.
there are many other really cool applications for this, but first, there have to be enough MT2.2 trackback-enabled blogs out there. only 2.2 blogs can communicate like this.
which is why you should upgrade.