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Automattic Meetup 2014

This year, the Automattic company meetup was in Park City, Utah. We are a globally distributed company with almost 300 employees, so we pretty much have to get together annually to see faces, hear voices, and build great things. We’re putting the finishing touches on many of the things we build last week, so keep your eyes on the WordPress.com Blog for announcements. Some are actually already live now on WordPress.com, but since they haven’t been officially announced yet, I won’t spoil the surprise. ;)

Here are a few more photos from the meetup. The majority are a from a short hike on the mountain high above our hotel.

Now that you’ve seen all of this, make sure that you apply, and maybe we’ll see you here with us next year!

Team Rads in Cabo

Last week, Team Rads of Automattic got together in Cabo San Lucas to work on improvements to WordAds and a few additional surprises to be hopefully unveiled later this year. We are a globally distributed team with three in various California locations, one in Iceland, and our newest team member in Portugal, so it’s nice to get together in person a few times each year.

In general, I don’t recommend Cabo in July, it’s quite humid, but I do highly recommend the Buccaneer Queen Pirate Cruise. It’s hard to describe, but it was incredibly fun in a rather ridiculous way, and all of my photos from this trip are from that cruise.

If you plan to go to Cabo, don’t go in July, bring lots of cash, don’t rely on credit cards, and make a reservation on the Pirate Cruise. If you want to work at Automattic, we’re hiring!

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Coworking in Ventura

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I’m coworking today at Connect Ventura with fellow Automatticians Bryan, Ryan, Erick, Konstantin, and Kevin.

Simperium: Real-time Syncing from Automattic

simperium300Earlier, I had mentioned Automattic’s two great acquisitions of 2013, Cloudup and Simplenote. Part of the Simplenote acquisition was the data layer behind it, Simperium.

Simperium is technical magic. It’s a data layer which, as simplified as I can make it, provides real-time syncing. If you were to open the Simplenote app on your phone right next to the app on your computer (or the web app), you could type on one device and see the letters appear instantly on the other screen in real-time. Simperium isn’t limited to just text, and you can tie it into any application or service you’re developing. I won’t get into the technical aspects of Simperium, because I wouldn’t do it justice, but please watch the video embedded below for more details.

Without Simperium, Simplenote wouldn’t be what it is today, and I’m sure you’ll be seeing Simperium as the backbone of more top applications and services in the years to come.

Simplenote: Free Synced Notes from Automattic

simplenoteWhen I last spoke about Cloudup, I had mentioned that it was one of two great acquisitions by Automattic in 2013. The second acquisition was Simplenote, a fantastically simple and free note taking service which effortlessly syncs in real-time across official apps on Mac, iOS, and Android, with support for third-party apps across other systems, and a web app accessible from any browser.

I use Simplenote for a variety of things, from todo lists, to meeting notes, to quick and simple blog post rough drafts (like this one was a few hours ago). If I need to store text in some fashion, I almost always use Simplenote, because I know I’ll be able to find it, no matter what device I have in my hands. To say that Simplenote is part of my daily life would be an understatement.

If you’re looking for a new way to keep your notes and lists organized and synced, try Simplenote!

Cloudup: Free File Sharing from Automattic

cloudupLast year, Automattic made two amazing acquisitions, and one of those was Cloudup, an incredible file sharing solution with a variety of unique features that really let it step out and shine as a must-have tool.

At its most basic, Cloudup allows you to quickly upload files and provide a simple URL to view them, but it’s much more than that. Cloudup allows you to organize files into “streams,” like folders on your desktop, where you can share the whole stream via one URL without having to share multiple file URLs. Cloudup also provides a URL for your file or stream as soon as you start, so you can share the URL immediately if you’re in a hurry and can’t wait for the upload to complete. If the upload is still going when the recipient views the URL, they will simply see the same realtime progress indicator that you see. Plus, if you’re handy with the command line, Cloudup even has its own command line tool.

I use Cloudup for a variety of things every single day. Usually, I’m either using Cloudup to share a screenshot with someone who wrote in for WordAds support, or I’m sending along a single Cloudup stream URL in an email instead of attaching multiple files. Cloudup’s app and mobile-friendly site make file uploads and sharing so easy that I sometimes use it to quickly share a screenshot or screencast in Automattic’s internal communication platforms. Speaking of which, did you know that you can embed any Cloudup file or even an entire stream in a WordPress.com blog by just pasting the URL into your post? Well, now you do, and if you have a self-hosted WordPress.org blog, you can use Jetpack to add the same functionality.

Cloudup changed the way I work and the way I email, it’s just that good. Cloudup is 100% free, though it is currently invite-only, but I really want it to make a difference in your lives too, so here’s a magical link which will automatically fill in a code allowing you to sign up without a direct invitation. Hurry, this code is only good for 50 uses!