Adding Zemanta to the Blogging Mix

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The Zemanta Panel on my Movable Type post-authoring browser interface

[update 2010-08-29T19:00Z It’s become clear that Zemanta is worthy of a category.  There will be much to do with Zemanta and I also needed to experiment with how little I need to do to add a category.  This update with Zemanta as a category is in aid of both objectives.]

When I installed Movable Type 4 on nfoCentrale, my first blog posts were accomplished with the browser interface to  the Movable Type configuration. 

As part of Movable Type 4, I took the option to integrate Zemanta.  I didn’t quite understand what it was, but I did take advantage of it in making early posts.

Once I succeeded in configuring Windows Live Writer for operation with my first blogs created/restored using Movable Type, the authoring interface seemed barren without the Zemanta panel and suggestions.

Today, I learned that there is a Zemanta plug-in for Windows Live Writer.  The announcement was about an upgrade for the Wave 4 (Windows Vista and above only) version of Windows Live Writer, but I thought I’d chance it back here on WLW 14.0 on Windows XP3. 

I have completed the plug-in in stall.  On opening WLW, the Zemanta panel showed up at once.  It didn’t customize to my Zemanta account, of course, so I needed to figure out how to have it recognize my already-established Zemanta account and not greet me as MARKO!Zemanta calls me someone else on first start-up in Windows Live Writer

The Zemanta preferences open up in my browser, so I am not that confident that this creates any recognition in the plug-in.  Going to the preferences page does give me more opportunities to customize Zemanta for my use though, and I browse around in other material that I had not dug into before.

On the preferences page, I logged-in properly and these preferences should work for me.Updating my preferences on Zemanta does not seem to have a direct effect on the WLW Plug-In.

I didn’t notice anything different back on Windows Live Writer.  Zemanta is updating and showing me recommendations on today’s hot topics.  Zemanta is also offering links for phrases that I have entered in the text above.  I am still unsure that it is recognizing my account preferences. I don’t see my Flickr recommendations in the Media Gallery, for example.

I also have some concerns for how images are handled.  I won’t know about that until I post using some Zemanta-sourced image.  This post will test that and confirm how well Zemanta in Windows Live Writer works with in the resulting Movable Type post.  Here is a Zemanta-sourced image obtained by clicking it in from the plug-in Media Gallery:Image representing Zemanta as depicted in Crun...

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