The announcement hasn’t hit my inbox yet, but I just noticed a wonderful new feature from WordPress — related posts at the bottom of each of our posts, complete with thumbnails if we enable them.
The feature, with or without thumbnails, can be turned on or off on your Dashboard under Settings > Reading. It’s on by default, so you may already have noticed it.
It remains to be seen how well the algorithm for finding related posts will work. Similar algorithms in the past have had mixed results. Zemanta seems to work pretty well, but we have the important option of choosing which if any of the suggested posts to include. Perhaps WP will want to incorporate something like this.
I’ve also suggested that WP let us turn the heading “Related” off or change it to something more general like “Also on this blog” to accommodate posts that might not be related. Or perhaps give us the option of making up our own heading.
In any case, I think it’s a great new feature. It was included in a new theme several months ago and I almost changed themes just to get it. Now we can all have it without changing themes. Thanks, WP!