If Google is going to be at the center of our digital and online lives, they need to get a lot better about their support organization and how they handle account issues. Check out this story by Mark Ghosh for an example of what happens when things go wrong. What if you woke up tomorrow and your Gmail, Orkut, Docs, Reader, Google Checkout account was gone?
Asleep at the Wheel of Creative Destruction. Umair Haque’s thoughts on venture capital and the current crisis.
Dear MobileMe / Me.com, I really think you’re swell. I’ve been dreaming dreams of sync since my first Handspring, and you are the best I’ve used. Two things would put you over the top. First, the notes application on the iPhone is handy, but please sync this to a quickie app on Me.com so I can put stuff in and out of notes easily. Second, and this is a stretch, I know you don’t like to-do applications, but I also have an inkling you could do something that would make me stop using paper and pen for to-dos. And synchronize it. With love, Matt.
This month there were three WordCamps around the world: WordCamp Las Vegas, WordCamp Indonesia, and WordCamp Whistler. Here’s what’s coming up in the next two months. Asterisks indicate WordCamps I’ll be attending:
- WordCamp Higher Ed NorthEast – February 2, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
- WordCamp Paris * – February 7, Paris, France
- WordCamp Germany * – February 14, Jena, Germany
- WordCamp Education Vancouver – February 19, Vancouver, Canada
- WordCamp India * – February 21-22, New Delhi, India
- WordCamp Miami – February 22, Miami, Florida, USA
- WordCamp Denver * – February 28, Denver, Colorado, USA
- WordCamp NOLA – March 18-19, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
WordPress.org plugin directory just reached its 4,000th plugin! I declare January 28th our official “Thank a Plugin Developer” day. To celebrate take a look at the plugins you use and love, visit the author’s site, find their contact form, and drop them a note. (Or Paypal!)
WordPress creator Mullenweg is many bloggers’ best friend – USATODAY.com. We got some nice press in USA Today in an article by Jefferson Graham, pick up a dead tree copy today if you can to check out the article.
Andy and Zoe’s wedding in Stowe, Vermont.
If you check out the WordCamp San Francisco site you’ll see that registration is open and we’ve already announced some great speakers: Matt Cutts, Tim Ferriss, Philip Greenspun, Doug Hanna, Tara Hunt, yours truly, Andy Peatling, and Steve Souders. (More coming.) It’s going to be a killer event. Mark your calendars: May 30.
A month or so ago I got a tilt-shift lens (Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED) and one of the first things I wanted to try was interval shooting to make a stop-motion like tilt-shifted video like these awesome ones from Australia photographer Keith Loutit. Haven’t quite figured out how to make them look that cool yet but here’s one of the first efforts, taken from the Burj Al Arab looking down at its car entrance at night. Watch how the lights come in and out of focus, and how fast the cars are at the intersection. The video is available in full HD if your computer can handle it just toggle it in the top-right and go full-screen.
A little bit of sightseeing around Indonesia before I had to leave.
Second day at Jakarta, Indonesia WordCamp, dinner, and then signs from a wedding. Guest photographer: Kristin Amelina.
First day of WordCamp Indonesia in Jakarta.
We’ve also aggregated and organized all that awesome WordCamp footage from around the web, on WordCampTV. There you’ll find videos and slideshows of presentations made by Automattic employees and other WordPress gurus, plus interviews I’ve done with the media and fellow bloggers.
Tune in regularly for fresh content and updates to the WordPress.tv blog.
The blog platforms of choice among the top 100 blogs. Spoiler: It’s WordPress with 32%. I predict if the same survey is run in January 2010 we’ll be between 40-50%. What do you think?
Arriving in Jakarta driving through traffic, arriving at the Dharmawangsa Hotel, and on Apa Kabar Indonesia TV show with Tina Talisa.