The reaction to yesterday’s Calypso announcement has really blown me away.Here’s a tiny selection of of the coverage, analysis, and reactions to Calypso and the new WordPress.com:
“…I am personally extremely excited about this. Not only because the new UI is really nice and pleasant to use but also because this finally shows the modern side of WordPress, or at least starts to…” VersionPress
“What I love most about the whole project is the lessons it has for everyone regarding innovation.” Chris Lema
“So why did Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, go through this painful rewriting process? WordPress.com now feels and works like a modern web app. It’s back in the game against newcomers, such as Medium.” TechCrunch
“Calypso looks like a huge leap forward for a project that seemed to stagnate for many years.” The Next Web
“Clean, responsive, faster than ever… WordPress is such a great success story. I’m very happy I chose to use it over six years ago.” Mac Stories
— Chris Messina (@chrismessina) November 23, 2015
“Calypso is a great example of what’s possible with the WordPress REST API.” WP Tavern
“I think the new WordPress.com editor, and the corresponding WordPress.com app, are a great improvement to the writing experience… [T]he investment they’ve made is a smart one.” Post Status
“… the fastest and most streamlined WordPress experience so far.” 9 to 5 Mac
— Mikeal Rogers (@mikeal) November 24, 2015
So far, we’ve seen articles in French, Indonesian, German, Spanish, and Russian. Calypso is a trending repo on GitHub. The news was on top of TechMeme, and voted to the top of Product Hunt, and even Hacker News.
One of my favorite takes was from Om Malik, in “Some Thoughts on the New WordPress.com and Mac App”:
I view the shift to this newer, more flexible model as a way for WordPress.com to adapt to become a growing part of the open web. Blogging has always been mistaken for its containers, tools, the length of the posts or just a replacement for the rapid-fire publishing of old-fashioned news. In reality, blogging is essentially a philosophy built on the ethos of sharing.
Today sharing on the internet is a major social behavior: We share photos, links, videos, thoughts, opinions, news. Except instead of sharing on a blog, we do the sharing in increasingly proprietary and corporate silos: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Periscope and LinkedIn. You see, the blogging ethos is alive and well. However, the old blogging tools have to embrace change.
At the end of the day, it’s not about technology for technology’s sake, it’s about technology at the service of human voices. Embracing change to support the free, open web where everyone has a voice.
Finally, it was a weird coincidence we didn’t even notice, but the Calypso announcement was ten years to the day after we opened up WordPress.com.