Always wondered if WordPress is missing out to Medium.
Medium is becoming the preferred social platform for thoughtful commentary, provocative essays, and blockbuster enterprise journalism from independent and commercial publishers seeking to instigate meaningful conversations on topics of substance, interest, and import. Here, these conversations push thinking forward where it matters and drive real impact in the world.
Distributed conversations is something I thought WordPress was up to a long while ago. Its certainly easier when you own the platform and can make sweeping changes. Have a look at the way twitter closed off API access to 3rd party apps and services because they wanted to monetize there (literately) platform.
Slack down for you? You know what doesn’t go down all at once? DISTRIBUTED PROTOCOLS. #irememberwhenallthiswasstandards #getoffmylawn
— James Smith (@Floppy) November 23, 2015
Its what makes me suspect of sinking time and my own thoughts into platforms like Medium and Slack. Yes they can do things which others can’t do currently…
…But I remember platforms like Medium and Slack are not open (even with the XMPP and IRC gateways) and there is a very bad side to this. Chris Messina tweeted recently about a new wordpress move in the middle of the slack fall out
So impressed by the risk @photomatt and the @WordPress community took with Calypso. Faster, modern and still open. https://t.co/h0B2K0mo6k
— Chris Messina (@chrismessina) November 23, 2015
Unfortunately I can’t install Calypso as its OSX only at the moment but its open and theres a hope someone will create a Linux client or even a Chrome/Firefox app?
Maybe WordPress will ultimately show Medium how to do distributed conversations, but in a open way, after all.
As for Slack… I’m still not sure, but I am using it via XMPP instead.