D’Angelo Barksdale: Yo, what was that?
D’Angelo Barksdale: Castle can’t move like that. Yo, castle move up and down and sideways like.
Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus: Nah, we ain’t playing that.
Wallace: Yeah, look at the board. We playing checkers.
D’Angelo Barksdale: Checkers?
Wallace: Yeah, checkers.
D’Angelo Barksdale: Yo, why you playing checkers on a chess set?
Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus: Yo, why you give a shit?
I’ve spent alot of the last 4 years building (syndicating + filtering) online community - where the main blog enablement building block was Wordpress Multi-User. I still think it’s the best solution out there. What I would like to see faster integration by Automattic and Wordpress of is their own offering and those that consumer-creators are used to within blogging and social networking : Thus meaning WordpressMU customers increasingly need to offer such features to retain parity with the market. So parity is needed for :
1. Wordpress consumer versions (ie 2.7) and plugins need to be rapidly assimilated into the Multi-User version (its not as simple as u’d think to add wordpress plugins to MU) If EnterpriseMU has 2.7 features with working plugins, that is huge.
2. Publishers and Websites offering blogging are competing with substitutes like 140m Facebook users. Blogging in itself isn’t enough. MU needs to quickly integrate social networking (Buddypress), microblogging (Prologue), 2.0 marketing tools (PollDaddy - but should they be looking at acquiring/creating a blogads.com type solution with a opensource bent) and open identity management (Gravatar/IntenseDebate : needs to go further now u have Facebook/Google Connect universe + a Disqus/Facebook one at that : with every user going to sign in with their facebook-disqus/google account) into the open source WordpressMU; There should also be a premium supported commercial version for blue chip publishers and resellers.
When you have twitter on a huge tear; Enterprise version Yammer kickn product goals; Friendfeed using its xooglers to do realtime’SUP lifestreaming; Wordpress has a huge strong Microsoft like developer community and consumer adoption, but it needs to not be Microsoft in terms of product innovation.
Until all the pieces are assembled by Automattic that happens, case studies are what will help clients start using WordpressMU; So Friendster implementing WordpressMU is a good thing. Friendster arent overly incisive on their Blog about the move : “The new blogs are easier to use, customize, and edit!” Wordpress Publisher blog has the blurb : “Very exciting news that Friendster, a popular social networking service with over 90 million global members, has relaunched their blog offering and selected WordPress MU. These member blogs, which are used by millions of Friendster members, were previously powered by Six Apart’s Typepad service.“
Buddypress was scheduled to launch December 15th, any1 know if they shipped, results ? or has it been pushed back ? Scheduled features :