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WebProNews Video Interview

WebProNews Video did an interview with me at the Blogworld Expo.

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Citizen Wausau

Citizen Wausau is a Site About Life in Wausau Wisconsin, and a nice-looking citizen journalism site built on WordPress.

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Blogworld Expo Meetup

I’m in Las Vegas for the Blogworld Expo. As I announced from the stage this morning, there will be a WordPress Meetup before the official Blog Expo party. We’ll be meeting at “Lucky’s” in the Hard Rock Casino at 6:30, and I’ll have a limited supply of 20 or so t-shirts for the people who get there first. The guys from Mindtouch will also be there and are rumored to be buying a round. There was some confusion about the venue earlier, so please spread the word.

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Best WP Newspaper Site

The Express and Star is “Britain’s biggest and best regional newspaper online” and was founded in the 1880s. If you look closely, you’ll notice that their entire site including every article and feature is powered by WordPress. They now take the crown from NY Times for having the best URLs of a news site. (Though the Times now has clean URLs on their blogs.)

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In Argentina

WordCamp Argentina finished up today and was a fantastic event, great turnout too. Congrats to the many people who contributed to its success. I haven’t seen any coverage in English yet, but I expect that and photos soon. I’m in Buenos Aires until Sunday night so looking forward to exploring the city much more.

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Best Open Source Social Networking CMS

WordPress Wins Best Open Source Social Networking CMS. “Packt is pleased to reveal that WordPress is the first winner of the 2007 Open Source CMS Award, picking up the best Open Source Social Networking Content Management System. In a very close category, WordPress came out in front of Elgg and Drupal, who finished joint second.” Yay!

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Google Penalizing Paid Links

Now that Google is officially penalizing paid links, I’m glad the WordPress community took such a strong stand against them in themes. Countless blogs could have been penalized just for the theme they were using, not related to anything they did or did not do on their blog. It was a tough decision at the time, it probably drew more criticism and personal attacks against me than anything we’ve done before, but time has proved us right.

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Gravatar Sold

Automattic has bought Gravatar. Om sees it as a larger trend, but to us it was just a good fit.

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Guardian Interview

When I was in London I had the chance to chat with Tim Anderson who in turn wrote an article in yesterday’s Guardian, WordPress makes a stand for open source morality, which is worth a read. We also got a mention in the same issue in The office of the future is all around by Victor Keegan.

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London / FOWA WordPress Meetup

As per the comments on my last post the WordPress London Meetup will be on Thursday October 4th right after the PHP London meetup. The venue is called The Old Crown and it looks like the perfect spot, it even has wifi. I have to take the DLR from the Docklands into town so I’m planning to be there at 9 PM, which is when the PHP presentations should be finishing up and we can stage a WordPress invasion. If someone could post DLR / Tube instructions to get there from the Excel Center where FOWA is I think a lot of people would appreciate it.

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Paris Meetup Today

Sorry for the short notice, but I lost track of time yesterday and we ended staying out pretty late. The Paris meetup today will be small and casual because of the late notice, but I’ll be at Cafe Beaubourg from 6-8pm with Tony Conrad of Sphere. We’ll try to sit in a visible location, I’ll be wearing a dark grey hoodie and jeans, and I’ll probably have my laptop out. 🙂

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Paris and London WordPress Meetups

I’m going to be in Europe next week to speak at the Future of Web Apps in London, and I’ll be spending a few days in Paris beforehand. I’d love to meet up with WordPress-minded folks in both. Let’s do a Paris meetup on Sunday, September 30th and one in London on Tuesday the 2nd or Thursday the 4th. Leave a comment (with your email) if you can make it and we’ll nail down the details in the next day or two.

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WordPress Plugin Stats

Our official WordPress plugin directory now lists some stats at the top, as of right now there are 1,021 active plugins and they’ve gotten 1,597,994 downloads. Wowza!

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Leo Laporte

I missed it at the time, but Leo Laporte has switched to WordPress as his primary blogging platform.

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San Francisco Upgrade Party

I’m hosting a WordPress 2.3 upgrade party on Wednesday the 26th.

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Foundread Public Square

Foundread, a great site for entrepreneurs from the GigaOM crew, has switched to WordPress.com from Public Square. Public Square is a CMS from Cucina Media that most famously powers the information architecture site Boxes and Arrows, which I believe was previously run on Drupal.

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Vote for CMS Award

Vote for WordPress in the Best Open Source Social Networking CMS Award. No, I have no idea what that category means either.

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The Shifted Librarian

The Shifted Librarian is now on WordPress. Hat tip: Serge K. Keller.

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Bug Fixers

WordPress Bug Fixers Heat Map. Neat!

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Digg Effect Deconstruction

The Digg Effect: A Deconstruction, with a WordPress blog of course.