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Pics Mash v2.1 is here!

Well it’s been a couple of weeks coming but the next update is finally here. The update has been submitted to CodeCanyon for review today, so should be available to download once they’ve approved the update in a day or two.

So, what’s new?

This update has concentrated on improving some of the user aspects of the plugin. The first thing you’ll notice is that the website has had a bit of an overhaul and this also includes the admin side of the plugin.

There are lots of new settings as shown in the screenshot below

This shows there are lots moe options than before.The Width (px) of the top rated images is for when the leaderboard setting is set to false.

Leaderboard setting?

Did I not mention this? Well, as part of the update the shortcode for the top rated images has been improved to show a leaderboard as default. The shortcode for this is [toprated limit = 5]


Just show the images without the ranking? This is a shortcode setting put the admin setting has been left in for now as there are plans for this in an upcoming version.

Displaying the top or bottom rated images in a gallery is still as easy as it was before.

What else is new?

Say you’ve been ranking your WordPress images for a while now and would like to start a fresh. The option is now here to do so. Under the settings menu there is a button which will reset all the ratings and scores and give you a clean slate to rate from.

We hope you like the new update. It makes Pics Mash even easier to use, and even easier to share and comments on the photos in the pics mash game.

What is Facemash?

Facemash, the Facebook’s predecessor, opened on October 28, 2003. Initially, the website was invented by a Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg, and three of his classmates – Andrew McCollum, Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz. Zuckerberg wrote the software for the Facemash website when he was in his second year of college. The website was set up as a type of “hot or not” game for Harvard students. The website allowed visitors to compare two student pictures side-by-side and let them choose who was “hot” and who was “not”.

That night, Zuckerberg wrote the following blog entries:

I’m a little intoxicated, not gonna lie. So what if it’s not even 10 pm and it’s a Tuesday night? What? The Kirkland dormitory facebook is open on my desktop and some of these people have pretty horrendous facebook pics. I almost want to put some of these faces next to pictures of farm animals and have people vote on which is more attractive.
—9:49 pm
Yea, it’s on. I’m not exactly sure how the farm animals are going to fit into this whole thing (you can’t really ever be sure with farm animals…), but I like the idea of comparing two people together.
—11:10 pm
Let the hacking begin.
—12:57 am

According to The Harvard Crimson, Facemash “used photos compiled from the online facebooks of nine Houses, placing two next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the ‘hotter’ person”. To accomplish this, Mark Zuckerberg hacked into Harvard’s security network and copied the student ID images used by dormitories and used them to populate his Facemash website.

Harvard at that time did not have a student directory with photos and basic information, and with the initial site generated 450 visitors and 22,000 photo-views in its first four hours online. That the initial site mirrored people’s physical community—with their real identities—represented the key aspects of what later became Facebook.

On October 25, 2010, entrepreneur and banker Rahul Jain auctioned off FaceMash.com to an unknown buyer for $30,201.