Captcha is broken – now what? The Guardian. I was quoted in today’s Guardian, which consistently has some of the best tech coverage around.
There’s an article about me in the San Francisco Chronicle, written by Chris Cadelago. It’s a good mainstream summary of what’s been going on the past few years. Chris talked to almost everyone I know, including getting Toni’s opinion of my car. You can, of course, get a paper copy in SF today.
Matt Mullenweg Loves His Kindle, from a chat I had with Mashable. Posting from Greece, where it’s hot.
I was on WordPress Weekly last Friday, mostly answering questions.
Here’s a video of my “high order bit” keynote talk at Web 2.0 Expo. It’s succinct — 10 minutes — and covers WordPress.com and Automattic growth, the possibly related posts launch, and Monotone.
The two things I announced at Web 2.0 Expo this morning (I don’t want to tell you how early I got up) were Possibly Related Posts and the Monotone theme. The latter should be available early next week. A few people covered the talk, including WebGuild, NextWeb, Mashable, and WebWare. Update: Here are some pictures from the talk.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Kara Swisher for a bit earlier in the week over oysters and cobb salad. Kara has posted a summary of our chat and a 5-minute video interview with different types of questions than I normally get.
I’ve been indicated a few places saying a third of blogs are spam. Someone came up with this by me saying we’ve axed around 800,000 splogs on WordPress.com, and looking at our number of blogs, which is 2.5m.
As for percentage of the total blogosphere, reported by Technorati as north of 100 million, which are splogs, I’d say the number is much higher – probably 80%. This isn’t as bad as it sounds, I just think spammers are very effective at creating hundreds of thousands to millions of blogs, they tend to stick around, and I feel like Technorati’s number doesn’t doesn’t adequately scrub these out.
While I’m making data-less estimates, I’d say there are about 25-30 million non-spam blogs, and about 8-14 million of those are active in terms of getting traffic or new posts. You could cover a meaningful portion of the blogosphere by just indexing 4 or 5 million blogs.
Splogs and blogger attrition are two problems no one really talks about, but that’s okay because I don’t think either is hindering anyone’s growth as measured by metrics that matter, like pageviews or uniques. (Though many of the services supporting so many splogs must have an inordinate amount of resources devoted to them.)
When I was in Buenos Aires a few months ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Ariel Torres for a few hours, we had a great conversation. Parts of this have now made it into La Nacion as the article Matt Mullenweg, el chico Web. If you speak Spanish, it’s worth checking out. Hat tip: Mariano.
I was interviewed for the first episode of The Humanities and Technology Podcast.