With the recent news about Twitter strictly enforcing token (user) limits against third-party clients, it’s important to remember that your blog still loves you.
When you post to your blog, the content is still your property, and you can use any blogging app without fear of artificial user limits or high prices due to limiting and confrontational business policies. Plus, most blogging platforms provide some way to automatically share your new posts on Twitter and other social networks, like Publicize for WordPress.com blogs and Jetpack for WordPress.org blogs.
In the world of mobile usage, I’m particularly fond of our mobile apps. If you’re looking for a third-party mobile app, I have heard great things about Poster, but haven’t tried it myself yet. All WordPress apps use the open XML-RPC protocol, which will never be closed or limited.
If you don’t have a blog yet, and don’t know where to turn to in this era of social networking turmoil, open a free WordPress.com blog today. If you want just a bit more control and don’t mind a few more responsibilities, try WordPress.org instead.
If you have a WordPress.com blog, it will remain online and your property as long as we’re still in business, and you can export your blog’s content at any time. If you have a WordPress.org blog, it will remain online and your property as long as you can keep it running. For both WordPress.com and WordPress.org users, our mobile apps will always be available free of charge.
I know that your blog and blogging app will never truly be a replacement for a Twitter client, but they do allow you to reach your audience (even via Twitter) without compromising content ownership, app usage, or other limiting policies.
Believe it or not, I get asked this question quite a lot. Does WordPress.com support Macs? Well, I submit for your consideration this photo from fellow Automattician Joey Kudish and his scavenger hunt.
Yes, that’s almost every employee at Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com) holding up their computer, a Mac. What about those of us not holding up our Macs? We left them back in our hotel rooms.
So, does WordPress.com support Macs? You bet we do! In fact, we pretty much support Macs first, since that’s what we use to make everything.
Anyway, this is a rather moot point these days, as most modern browsers (with the notable exception of Internet Explorer) offer very consistent rendering across all platforms, making the Mac vs. PC distinction practically unnecessary when it comes to the web.
So, what does WordPress.com support? We support any browser listed here, regardless of which platform you’re using. We also support any standards-compliant browser not listed there, including a variety of mobile browsers, and you might want to try one of the WordPress mobile apps if you’re a mobile user.
A week ago, I made it back home from my second Automattic meetup, this time in San Diego. Once again, we had a whole week to meet almost everyone (which is refreshing since we’re globally distributed), work on some awesome upcoming features (mostly for WordPress.com), and engage in some local adventures. I won’t spoil any of the upcoming new features, as they’ll be announced on the WordPress.com blog when ready, but you might actually see some in action if you have a keen eye.
I’d rather not spend time explaining why we do meetups and what goes into such a thing, since Toni (our CEO) has already done an amazing job, though I did snap some photos while I was there. I know, it’s a lot less than I usually have, but you can see more photos from Andrew, Anthony, Chelsea, Danilo, Erica, Gary, Jackie, Joachim, Joen, Jorge, Matt, and Stephane.
Last week, the Core Happiness Engineers of WordPress.com gathered for a week of work, introductions, and sightseeing in Amsterdam. In case you don’t know, Automattic is a globally distributed company and all but a few of us work from home, so it’s nice to get some face-to-face time a few weeks each year and to knock out a few projects that would otherwise take months of back-and-forth text chatter.
We made several improvements to tools on our end, so you won’t see much offhand, but you will notice much quicker support responses in the days to come. Also, you should notice some improvements to the WordPress.com signup process and the main support page in the near future.