Get Random

Here’s just a little easter egg for you to play with:

Try adding ?random to the end of your WordPress.com URL and it will redirect you to a random post on your blog.

You can link to that address like any other, either in your post or a widget.

Here’s the link in action on this blog.

I hope you have a very random Thursday. :)

Update: Based on a suggestion in the comments, I’ve added this to the admin bar so when you’re logged in and you hover over “blog info” the first menu item is a random post link.


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  2. K

    Great addition Matt. I was hoping there’s a widget available for this, but the link code works easily anyways. It’s good for the sidebars. Thanks.

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  3. Khalil A.

    Lol, awesomely funny.

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  4. Anita Marie

    Whoo Hooo!
    A New Desk Toy!
    amm

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  5. tekokote

    this is funny ^^

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  6. Andrew

    Random Thursday? I clicked on the above link, and suddenly it was Saturday…

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  7. TheShortFatKid

    Very fun. I forgot I even wrote some of the posts that pop up when I use this.

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  8. JD

    There must be a way to incorporate that into the sidebar link to a random post. Something along the lines of recent posts, except for random posts…I can’t quite think how, tho

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  9. Joe

    cool!

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  10. ismailimail

    Thanks.

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  11. adam

    can we add this to the blog info menu in the top right of the blue bar?

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  12. adam
  13. the forester

    Very cool! I love it. Whoever suggested this had a great idea.

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  15. ifphc

    This is really cool!

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  16. Gaia

    Precious

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  17. Brendan

    Wow, that is utterly useless. But I guess it could be fun. ;)

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  18. NeverRed

    Kewl… I really love the umm randomness of it!

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  19. LMML

    One more addition to make wordpress even more interesting in using with my studentes.

    Congrats!

    LMML
    Portugal

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  20. robyn

    I like it!

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  21. Matt

    Adam, that’s a great idea. I’m deploying it now.

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  22. therealdonquixote

    Sweet, I like the fact that its a URL so we can customize it with images!!

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  23. cheezburger

    I Can Has Cheezburger?RANDOM — FTW!

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  24. engtech

    Here’s the greasemonkey script I created a few days ago for putting the Random Post on the admin bar (directly on the admin bar, not under Blog Info).

    Redundant now, but such is life. :)

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  26. therealdonquixote

    Quick question, can you make it into a “page” template? That way we can have “Random Post” in our top nav bars?? Now THAT would be awesome!!

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  27. empressmaruja

    Now that’s a fun one.

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  28. Grace

    Hmm. Interesting.

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  29. Farrell Kramer

    Super, then we can go from random post to random post. Kind of an intrablog stumble…

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  30. moscarey

    good job Matt :D

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  31. hamlet

    what a funny addition :) thanks..

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  32. NAyK

    Thanks, it’s an exciting possibility. I’ve deployed it here ( http://regenerationayk.wordpress.com ) on the right side bar. I used a text widget.

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  33. Brian Purkiss

    THAT’S AWESOME.
    I’m going to put that on my blog right now.
    Thanks!
    You guys rock!

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  34. ananta

    this surely what i’ve been looking for, great, thank man!

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  35. jeffchin21

    I agree with therealdonquixote. Can you make it a “page” link so that we can recirculate/introduce readers to random old posts?

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  36. bassclar

    The “snap shots” preview is evidently not random on these random links.

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  37. engtech

    @therealdonequixote: if you have the CSS upgrade you can move the random post link anywhere you want.

    I have it in my sidebar with the rest of the stuff like my tag cloud, sidebar, sitemap, etc.

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  38. calupict

    It’s just sooo funny. I really like it.

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  39. Jim

    goodie! :)

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  40. Kunal

    now this is one fun addition :)

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  41. pakosuperstar

    it’s ok.

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  42. EscRiBiTioNiSt*

    Aha.. thanks Matt.

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  44. azahar

    I have it in my sidebar as a text widget link. Nice idea, Matt!

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  45. Chittaranjan

    Cool feature that…fun too!

    BTW, care to tell how the ‘Randomness’ is calculated :mrgreen:

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  46. bigcrow

    aaaa…. Fuuuun… :lol:
    I’m playing with my friends :))))

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  47. bandith

    Can you give me some more example to try? I have tried it but no result found. What is its syntax to add in the post?

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  49. Lady Jane

    Fun feature :)

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  50. بهمن

    lol :)

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  51. Sarah

    Greeeeaaaaaat!!!!!!!!!!!
    I was missing this kind of stuff so much… until now!
    Thanks!!!
    S.

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  52. Nita

    I like this one a lot. Planning to add it as a text widget. :)

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  53. itsmeritesh

    hey isnt this the thing used to mimic the features of stumbleupon. Techcrunch talked about you developing a stumble like feature. good add though.

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  54. outeasy

    I tried it and I’m stuck in a Cheeseburger and can’t get out!

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  55. verbocity

    It is fun and interesting. Already I’m thinking of what to do with it. Great idea. Thanks for sharing the tip.

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  56. Søren Holmberg

    Innovative!

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  58. Inexistent Man

    Cool

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  59. gamerconor

    THATS FREEKIN’ AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  60. paurong

    :D :D :D :) :) :)

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  61. gamerconor

    This is so good, I like it soo much that I made a moving gif pic and put it on my sidebar! WORKS A TREAT!!!!!

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  62. aikachen

    I love it! : D

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  63. Reynie

    Great ! :-)

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  65. ChenZhen

    I added this to my sidebar too. Pretty neat.

    Does this have any effect on site stats? I mean, if you post the ?random url on other sites and someone clicks it, will it show a hit for the post they happened to land on?

    I guess I’ll have to try, but if it does, it could complicate reading your statistics a bit.

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  66. Indigo

    I love this option!!!!! THANK YOU!

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  67. w8agt

    Excellent!!!!!!

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  68. Carlos

    wow! that’s great!

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  69. osterreich

    yeaaaahhhhhh!!

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  72. thepearlady

    Love it, Matt…good one. :D

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  73. majic

    Nice. hopefully, this’ll send some love to the less popular blogs

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  75. john

    Cool feature… :D

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  76. vistawallpapers

    Very nice :D

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  77. yongsheng

    ok… this is farny :)

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  79. BatakNews

    good job. thx. :)

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  80. ideasmith

    Very cool! A great way to increase readership of old posts.

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  81. randommel

    anything random is good by me :)

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  82. oldgreypoet

    I like this. My readers love it. Something I wanted years ago but couldn’t bring myself to javascript. Thanks for doing the hard stuff for me and leaving me to the writing!

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  83. kjenzz

    yay.. this is cool.. love this new feature. thanks! ;)

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  84. ibaraki

    good job…

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  85. chanux

    matt’s cool…Oh…Wordpress is cool!

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  86. fergis

    I enjoy the ability to blast randomised content at my audience like a bizarre Marvel comic mutant.

    Fergis

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  88. Milla

    Very useful useless toy! Loved it! Thanks Matt! ILWP!!!! :D

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  90. ihatewheat

    Matt, I kind of have a crush on you.

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  91. carlenefofene

    Gotta love random…..very sweet indeed!

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  92. Gizmy

    This is kinda fun, I found posts I haven’t seen in months!

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  93. dharmagypsy7

    I am going to have to try this but I only have two posts so I don’t think it will as much fun.

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