Le Web Interview

Last week in Paris I had a twenty minute chat with Om that covered WordPress, Automattic, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and the freedom of the web.

9 thoughts on “Le Web Interview

  1. Despite having heard or read many of the talking points before, that interview was undoubtedly one of the highlights of Le Web for me.

    The most interesting part was when you talked about how the next few years for WordPress will be characterized by its potential as an application platform. I’m pretty sure that is true, there’s so much bubbling under the surface in the WordPress community right now, and I’m curious about what role Automattic hosting might play in that, especially in the light of today’s dramatic Enterprise announcement, I’m hoping that suggests a general move towards increasing the number of plugins permitted.

    It was also very nice to meet so many Automatticians at the WordPress booth, they were very friendly and willing to answer a bunch of questions I had.

    1. It is of course essential that a company make money to survive and Automittic is of course a company. Automattic makes money through its paid services and domain registration etc.

      But the beauty of WordPress is that its goal is not to make money. WordPress has done for blogging and CMS’s what Linux has done for OS’s. WordPress is and always was an open source movement to better the web as a whole.

  2. I wrote a thesis about the nichefication (made up word) of the media, and how that is being driven, specifically, by the web. I think that’s supported by om Malik’s comments at the 10 minute mark, though I think it’s going to happen sooner than 2020.

    News ratings are down, even with increased doom and gloom. People seem to read only what they are interested in reading, be it a specific feed, on a specific device only, or other forms of media. I think we’re going to get more nichefied.

    It’s possible, however, that this nichefication will help teach us topics which we want to learn, or study up on. It’s possible, this type of learning may even replace traditional school/classroom learning.