Reset the Net

Here’s another reason why I’m glad to be a WordPress user as well as an Automattic employee.

While I personally feel that my internet activity is pretty boring, I also believe that the government shouldn’t have unfettered and illegal access to my information and activities – or yours either.

It’s a slippery slope, my friends, and we need to try to stop the slide now.

WordPress.com News

A year ago today, we joined the world in shock on learning that governments were spying on internet users around the world. Tapping internet service providers’ undersea cables, intentionally and secretly weakening encryption products,  surreptitiously collecting everything from call metadata to photos sent over the internet by US citizens — nothing was off limits.

Just as troubling as the revelations themselves is the fact that since last summer, little if anything has changed. Despite a lot of rhetoric, our three branches of government in the United States have not made many concrete steps toward truly protecting citizens from unchecked government surveillance.

Automattic has been a strong supporter of efforts to reform government surveillance. We’ve supported reform legislation in Congress, and participated in the Day We Fight Back, earlier this year. More importantly, we aim to make our own legal processes for securing the information our users entrust to us…

View original post 144 more words

Rev Up Your Writing with the Blogging U. Challenge

Need a little jumpstart to build a writing habit, or some help and camaraderie in what can sometimes be a lonely endeavor? Check out Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Get ready…it starts June 2.

WordPress.com News

Lots of us start blogs with the intention of writing regularly, but quickly find ourselves struggling to sit down at the keyboard. Cultivating a consistent writing habit isn’t as easy as starting a blog — but we can help!

Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit, publish posts that mesh with your blog’s focus, and push you a bit as a writer. It’s also a great way to make new friends and find new favorite reads. All bloggers are welcome, whether you use WordPress.com, are self-hosted, or use another platform entirely.

Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll post a new writing assignment just for Writing 101 each weekday in June on The Daily Post. Assignments will publish at 10:00 AM EST (14:00 PM GMT). You can follow The Daily Post to get assignment notifications.
  • There are no weekend assignments — you’re…

View original post 197 more words

Longreads Joins the Automattic Family

So excited to welcome Longreads to the Automattic family!

WordPress.com News

Today we’re excited to announce that we are acquiring Longreads, the pioneering service that helps readers find and share the best longform storytelling around the world, for reading on mobile devices.

Over the last five years, Longreads and its community have created a new ecosystem for readers to find great in-depth stories, and for writers and publishers to distribute their best work over 1,500 words. Longreads will continue to do what it does best — recommending stories from across the Internet — and we are excited to have them join the WordPress.com team and continue in their commitment to serving readers.

Mobile reading and the appetite for longform content

As consumption has moved to mobile devices, there has been a growing hunger for longform content: phones and tablets are perfect for enjoying in-depth articles, and there are more moments than ever for readers to dig into a story —…

View original post 153 more words

Big News! eCommerce Has Arrived for WordPress.com Business Users

Check out this big announcement on e-commerce options for WordPress.com folks (excerpted below). Users with the WordPress.com Business upgrade already enjoy great features like live-chat support, unlimited storage, and free access to all ourpremium themes. Now, you can turn your site into a sleek online storefront, and let visitors shop from any post or page. The partners we’ve … Continue reading Big News! eCommerce Has Arrived for WordPress.com Business Users