Phew, it's been a bit of a whirlwind couple of days, and I don't work at Automattic. The Calypso project sparked a lot of conversation, and confusion. Calypso is the name of the effort, but the result was the WordPress.com revamp of editing tools, both for web and the new desktop app.
I interviewed Matt Mullenweg this afternoon, and that should be up tomorrow for the podcast. We talk more in-depth about Calypso, and I had to ask few non Calypso questions too, as it was my first ever audio interview with Matt.
I thought it'd be fun to share a few of the more interesting links about the project I've gathered:
- Amongst the fray, a new Discover WordPress curation site is alive. The Automattic editorial team — the same team behind Longreads — is working on Discover. I have high hopes for this project. Matt and I talked a bit about WordPress.com as a network versus platform today, and this is a good move toward engaging more of the network. But it'll take smart promotion. Here's their launch post.
- Values for Calypso development. By the way, all Automattic development has moved to Github.
- There are a slew of fancy React components that could be pretty easily lifted from Calypso and used independently.
- I like what Beau Lebens said about the project, from an Automattic developer perspective. I especially found his note enlightening, regarding a change of thinking, “from being very “plugin-oriented” (similar to WP-core) to a much more integrated and cohesive way of thinking of things across the web and mobile apps.”
- Om Malik says, “in the past WP hadn’t done a good job of building the real-time experience that we as modern web customers have come to expect.”
- I mean, literally everyone messed up the difference between WordPress and WordPress.com on this announcement. Everyone. Including the creators of very popular software products, and at least one Automattic board member. I don't know why it felt so much worse this time around. Anyway, to make myself feel better, I asked my five month old son to explain the difference and he did a great job.
The underlying work done in the Calypso project is really cool. I think it's going to be really beneficial for Automattic and the WordPress.com product, and will end up being good for the broader WordPress ecosystem too. I like what Matt Terenzio said in a private news nerds Slack I'm part of:
I'd bet the move is not driven by the needs of the .org community so much but rather that WordPress.com wants to be more read/write/social to continue to grow and compete. That might ultimately be good for everyone even though it wasn't done with the traditional blog/cms user in mind.
I think he's right.
Even if you think you have everything you need on Calypso, I hope you'll check out the interview with Matt tomorrow. I think there is a good bit more to it, and I really tried to gear it toward topics Post Status members would be most interested in.