WordCamp NYC 2009

WordCamp NYC will be held this weekend, November 14th and 15th. It’s a great get together for the New York, and the extended, community of WordPress-loving bloggers and developers:
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With an amazing lineup of speakers, over 525 people already registered, and 8 session tracks – there is something for everyone.

Myself and several colleagues from Automattic are flying in for this event, and I’m personally excited to see the track devoted to CMS use featuring case studies of current publishers.

If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s $45 for both days, or just $25 for Sunday. More details available on 2009.newyork.wordcamp.org.

[ Visit WordCamp NYC 2009 and WordCamp.org for other WordCamps happening all over the world ]

2009 Open Source CMS Report Released

WordPress was one of three leaders in both rate of adoption and brand strength as measured in the 2009 Open Source Content Management System Market Share Report. The second edition of this report, authored by water&stone and CMSWire, was released today and concludes that three brands – WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal – are dominating today’s market for open source CMS. The report looks at download rates, evaluation and trial usage, and third party support to estimate adoption. Brand strength is evaluated by assessing search engine rankings, Google PageRank, mindshare, social media prominence and reputation.

We’re happy to see WordPress recognized again as a strong CMS option for publishers. The free 96-page report is available at CMSWire.

Source: 2009 Open Source CMS Market Share Report, water&stone and CMSWire (2009)

Source: 2009 Open Source CMS Market Share Report, water&stone and CMSWire (2009)

WordPress in Demand on Elance

Elance, a marketplace “where businesses connect with independent professionals to get work done”, has published their latest Elance Online Work Index. In this index they rate which skills are most in demand in their marketplace based on 100,000 new jobs posted on Elance over recent months:
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The #1 in demand skill is PHP, followed in the #2 slot by MySQL. The top publishing platform, with an overall ranking of #13, is WordPress, up 2 spots from #15 since the last index. Joomla comes in at #29, previously 18th overall, and the next publishing platform listed is Drupal at #75, previously 46th in the last index.

Since WordPress is PHP/MySQL, WordPress professionals out there are in a great position with the most in demand skills.

You may recall back in January oDesk posted about similar trends in their marketplace as well.

[ Read more on the Elance blog ]

New Version of WordPress for iPhone Now Available

The latest version of the WordPress for iPhone app is now available via the iTunes App Store.

In version 1.21 the app now supports a host of new features including:

  • Landscape mode with the extra wide keyboard
  • Link creation help
  • Support for editing and creating Pages
  • Comment moderation
  • Asynchronous publishing
  • Photo resizing options

Our multi-talented colleague Michael Pick has put together a screencast showing off some of these new features:

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For publishers looking for great video tutorials on how to get the most out of WordPress, WordPress.tv offers an amazing wealth of resources:

Our goal with WordPress.tv is simple:
To make it easy for you to find up-to-date, WordPress-themed video content within a couple of clicks. Without having to wade through spammy promotional videos, out-of-date content, and missing chunks of presentations. There’s a quick intro video if you’re curious:

[ Visit WordPress.tv & Read More on the WordPress.tv blog ]

t5m Selects WordPress MU For New Video Platform

t5m,  The 5th Medium, has launched a new content studio which “co-produces interview-based, factual entertainment content in partnership with events, celebrities, charities, venues and brands.”

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Built using WordPress MU, this new video platform service includes all the tools and features needed to deliver and present high quality video content, and customize the offering to suit the needs of the individual brand.

According to t5m, the new platform includes the following offerings:

  • All content co-produced with a partner (personality, charity, promoter, venue or brand)
  • Sponsorship sales and product placement
  • t5m works with partners to find the right sponsors and brands
  • Interactive video player
  • t5m’s own video player is a widget and offers users selected quality
  • Multi-platform syndication network
  • Video sharing sites, specialised sites, broadcast TV, blogs, print, radio
  • Celebrity booking
  • Custom video platforms
  • In addition to syndicating the content, larger clients often want to set up their own video platform.

TechCrunch UK recently profiled t5m and commented that:

UK startup t5m has today re-launched … by setting up a global network of bureaus to produce and syndicating short-form interactive 3-5 minute HD video, built around brands and distributed via its own custom-built video player.

Right now the portal site is mainly a showcase but next February it will re-launch with personalisation, social networking, shopping, competitions and new video contributors. It’s being built on a customised version of the open-source WordPress platform called WordPress Multi-User… The site now features 300 hours of HD content, 100 in-depth profiles and over 20 events.

[ Visit t5m.com ]

Friendster Relaunches Blogs, Switches to WordPress MU

Very exciting news that Friendster, a popular social networking service with over 90 million global members, has relaunched their blog offering and selected WordPress MU.  These member blogs, which are used by millions of Friendster members,  were previously powered by Six Apart’s Typepad service.

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For Friendster members with existing blogs, all the content was seamlessly transitioned into the new WordPress powered blog.  In addition, according to Friendster:

Users can also embed into their blog photos directly from their Friendster photo albums and videos from popular video sites such as YouTube.

Friendster blogs are built on WordPress, an Open Source publishing platform used by millions – including many global top-tier news sites and publishers.

Congrats to Ross and the team over at Friendster for pulling off this massively succesful project – the feedback I’m seeing from Friendster members has been very positive.

You can read more details about this new offering on the Friendster news blog.

[ Visit Friendster.com ]

WordPress for LinkedIn

Today we’re happy to announce the launch of the WordPress App for LinkedIn, the largest online network for professionals.

The WordPress App for LinkedIn helps you share ideas and updates with your LinkedIn network, keeping your trusted contacts in the loop, effortlessly.

To add the WordPress App to your LinkedIn account, visit the LinkedIn Application Directory. Select the WordPress App, enter your blog’s URL, and choose to display either all of your blog posts or just those tagged with “LinkedIn.” Save, and you’re all set!

Now your network will be notified when you post something new to your WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress.org blog. Your WordPress avatar will automatically display alongside the top post (we, of course, suggest you use Gravatar for that).

You can opt to display your WordPress blog on your LinkedIn Profile and your LinkedIn Homepage, where it’ll display as a drag-and-drop module in the right-hand column.

The WordPress App for LinkedIn is built on Open Social and is open source. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, head here to try it out.