Dave Winer has a good comment for anyone questioning the web:
So when they tell you they know for sure that the web is dead, or that everyone wants to host their blogs in locked-up silos, or that you can’t build a great open social net on RSS, you might want to lower your glasses down your nose and look out over the top and ask Reallly? Are you sure?? ;-)
Nothing is certain in business. For every success, there are many “sure thing” failures.
I posed a question on this week’s Core Intuition as we were talking about Automattic’s upcoming .blog domain name registration. The gist of it was: what is more likely to survive for the next 50 years, Twitter or .blog? Twitter is huge, dominating the news and seemingly unstoppable, but social networks don’t have a great track record. I’d put my money on a new top-level domain, both because of the vision of empowering users to control their own content and also because domains were designed to last.
Companies aren’t exactly designed to fail. But that is their default outcome.
I’ve become quite the fan of WordPress and Automattic over the last year, since finally switching. WordPress still has some problems — mostly in self-hosted web admin performance, and the clunkiness of editing themes — but Automattic is a good company. Around web publishing and hosting, I think 2 platforms are going to last for decades: GitHub and WordPress.
There’s a great interview with Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg on the Post Status podcast:
“I had the opportunity to interview Matt Mullenweg about an ambitious project that included more than a year and a half of development to create an all new WordPress.com interface, both for the web and a desktop app. The project was codenamed Calypso, and we talked about many aspects of Calypso, as well as a variety of subjects that relate to it.”
After listening to this episode, I’ve subscribed to the podcast. Looking forward to being a little more aware of what is going on in the WordPress community.
The last half of this week’s Core Intuition serves as a follow-up to my recent blog post on Twitter. Daniel tries to get at the business problems of not being active on Twitter. On the show I say:
“Me trying to make a statement, even if it’s insignificant, by not posting to Twitter… It wouldn’t mean anything if it didn’t cost me anything. If it didn’t have a cost, it would not matter.”
We also talk about Automattic raising money, blog software, and what that sandwich shop that Daniel avoids has to do with customer service.