WordPress.com just upped the bar for blog platforms. They did it once when SixApart dropped the ball with Movable Type years ago and I, for one, have never looked back. They rule as far as open source blogging platforms go and basically are a really solid CMS. But now that they have gone beyond the call of duty and given us a free 3gb hosted solution, its a very compelling argument to switch. It’s not just about the technology (a debate in which WordPress is the clear winner for the majority of us), but about a real rich online experience. Post all sorts of media and host files for your community without paying up those hard-to-find benjamins. Unless Blogger and SixApart come back with enough ammo, they will be left behind, google’s support notwithstanding. Besides, their software simply rocks. Phenomenal support, great development and a dedicated community.
I wish I owned some equity shares in Automattic right about now.
A few interesting trends are revealed:
- The web has yet to reach its â€œSocial Peakâ€
- Online daters would much rather be subjected to ads than a checkout form
- New Social Networks still have a chanceâ€¦as long as they find their niche
- People place a high value on peer opinion
The overall trend is towards video and networking. Linked In is showing some significant growth, but is it too little too late? They are going the Facebook way as well with opening up their system, but will they be able to capture enough market share is to be seen. The blog sites have shown great positive growth as well – WordPress.com and SixApart.com. Personally, I am glad to see my favorite blog Techcrunch.com in the greatest gainers’ list.
Yahoo! launched its mobile interface Go with 3.0 (beta) a couple of days ago and its been an anxious wait. I have a Blackberry 8700g and my friends all carry Nokia and Moto Razr2 or alike and none of our devices are supported yet. Now that Yahoo! is doing something about Android in it’s own meager way, it supports 3rd party widgets for this application. Google is going down a different path but I wish Yahoo! wouldn’t forget all of us who aren’t running the latest of the phones and still spend significant amount of time on GPRS/EDGE.
I can’t wait to try out this on my phone but if anybody out there has a nice video of the interface, I would love to see it.