TNT’s Mike Fratello Joins WordPress.com VIP Hosting

Very excited to welcome Mike Fratello to the WordPress.com VIP Hosting program. As many NBA fans know, Mike is the “Czar of the Telestrator” – and works alongside Marv Albert covering TNT’s NBA games. Mike was also previously a top coach in the league:

The site integrates PollDaddy for user polls, as well as Facebook and Twitter in the sidebar.

[ Visit MikeFratello.com ]

UPS Joins WordPress.com VIP Hosting

UPS has announced the launch of their new blog, Upside, which is running on WordPress.com VIP Hosting:

The Upside blog, designed and built by T3 is a “blog created by UPS to share personal insights and perspective about the largest transportation company in the world.”

Some really interesting content posted so far including a video of how UPS and Zappos are working together.

[ Visit blog.ups.com ]

SEC Launches Investor.gov on WordPress.com VIP

The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) announced the launch today of Investor.gov – a site focused on helping and educating investors:
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Investor.gov is hosted in the WordPress.com VIP program, and uses a custom theme based on the GPL licensed Vibrant CMS theme.

Be sure to check out the video welcome message from Chairman Mary Schapiro for more details.

[ Visit Investor.gov ]

Sonin.mn Joins WordPress.com VIP

Sonin.mn, a daily digest of Mongolian top newspapers, has joined the WordPress.com VIP program:
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According to Sansar Jiimen who runs the site, Sonin.mn reaches over 100,000 daily visitors – a really impressive achievement given that Mongolia is a country with a population of 2.5 million.

The Sonin.mn site was started in early 2004 and has been using WordPress since 2005.  Now that they are on WordPress.com VIP they’ve started to stream popular songs from the former Soviet era days of Mongolia, with plans to bring new video content online soon.

The team at Sonin has also announced that they will be spearheading a new effort to help improve the community-driven WordPress.com translation of Mongolian.

[ Visit Sonin.mn ]

Platinum Games Selects WordPress.com VIP

Platinum Games Inc, an independent video game development studio based in Japan,  has selected WordPress.com VIP:

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This innovative site was designed and developed by cnp_studio, and utilizes the new WordPress.com HD video solution.  Platinum Games took advantage of the video solution’s age verification feature,  which can be seen in action below for their highly anticipated Wii game — MadWorld:

This site is also an example of fast growing trend in using WordPress as a full site CMS.  As cnp_studio points out:

The site showcases what WordPress can do not only for maintaining a blog, but an entire Web site. The management of everything including pages, posts, sidebars and features is handled through the WordPress administration.

[ Visit PlatinumGames.com ]

People’s Choice Awards Selects WordPress.com VIP

Last night, the 2009 People’s Choice Awards, hosted by Queen Latifah, featured a Live Blog powered by WordPress.com VIP :

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Specifically designed for live events, this blog uses an innovative WordPress theme with AJAX updates.   Developed by Crowd Favorite, the theme allows for rapid-fire postings by the bloggers with a user-friendly mechanism which alerts readers when new content is live (see screenshot above).

Congrats to Hooshere Bezdikian and the whole team at the People’s Choice Awards for an all around amazing event.

[ Visit blog.pcavote.com ]

Boys’ Life Joins WordPress.com VIP

Boy’s Life earns a badge as a new WordPress.com VIP.

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Boys’ Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, is a monthly magazine read by nearly nine million readers between the ages of 6 and 17.

The site is used as an interactive extension of the print magazine. Readers are encouraged to submit jokes, ask questions about gear or gadgets, share hobby tips, and participate in other ways. The site provides valuable scouting information for boys, such as merit badge requirements and scout law.

The Boys’ Life theme has numerous category templates for different areas of the site and displays information about reader submissions by using custom fields. Ratings and related posts utilize the Outbrain WordPress plugin.

[ Visit Boy's Life ]

TIME’s Liveblog Election ’08

With all the great coverage today of the U.S. Election an informative and truly funny source can be found on TIME’s Liveblog Election ’08 site, powered by WordPress.com VIP.

Written by Michael Grunwald, James Poniewozik, and Karen Tumulty, the live blog includes gems like this:

7:21 p.m. – Michael Grunwald: Also hilarious on cnn: the constant scoreboard stuck at 8-3 for mccain. Ballsy of him to go for two so early in the game, don’t you think?

And this one too:

7:17 p.m. – Michael Grunwald: I haven’t even started drinking and wolf blitzer appears to be interviewing a hologram of princess leia.

[ Visit TIME's Liveblog Election '08 site ]

Sci-Fi Novelist John Scalzi Joins WordPress.com VIP

Science fiction writer John Scalzi has joined the ranks of WordPress.com VIPs.

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John is the author of more than a dozen published titles. He has been nominated for five Hugo Awards, winning the 2008 Best Fan Writer Hugo. He also won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2006.

As he notes in a recent post, John made the switch because

This backend robustness and knowledge of the WordPress platform appeals to me, especially after a couple of months of banging my head against a wall trying to do things on my own.

[ Visit Whatever ]

WordPress.com Comments In Fox News’ Live Video of Tonight’s Debate

Tonight’s U.S. Presidential debate is being streamed live on foxnews.com.

In a very innovative and useful way, Fox News has integrated user comments from their WordPress.com VIP blog On The Scene seamlessly into the live video stream.

This allows for greater user engagement and interaction and provides a real real-time feedback loop on how viewers are reacting to the debate.

[ Visit Foxnews.com ]