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  • 02.10.2011 Commented on How did WordPress win? I was a big supporter of MT back in its heyday, and I had several friends who worked for 6A so I had reason to stick with it. It was indeed the licensing fiasco that finally drove me away. It...

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  • Byrne commented on How did WordPress win?
    @Patty - I think you misunderstand, I am not saying that every TypePad customer called us, or that Automattic called every TypePad customer. What I am saying is that Automattic systematically targeted to highest trafficked TypePad web sites, and key A-list bloggers hosted by TypePad to encourage them to leave. They successfully recruited some (or more) without Six Apart every knowing about it. But some of the people they approached were very loyal to Six Apart and TypePad. Those customers would sometimes let us know through back channels that they were approached by Automattic. And that is how we know...
  • Jake commented on How did WordPress win?
    I don't know- that sounds like a lot of bullshit to me. You don't take $30MM from VCs and then decide to put your feelings first. Craig is allowed to do that because he never took money. I mean, if we're discounting financial outcomes, and judging the companies just on their effect on the world, then I think 6A and Automattic and Blogger are all basically tied- they each invented a bunch of features, hosted millions of sites, popularized the medium, etc. But if you take VC money, then you need to make money- and my guess is that Automattic...
  • Mike T commented on How did WordPress win?
    I was going to post a comment sympathetic to your position, until I scanned your comment again and found this nugget: The point is, while this may be our fault at the end of the day it is happening and I suggest that the software should not let us get to such a state. Performance optimization is a black art in any field. There are Oracle experts who are able to smoke gold foil-wrapped cigars lit with burning $100 bills because of the demand for people who can make Oracle actually perform like a bat out of hell. Yet few...
  • Tracey Rollison commented on How did WordPress win?
    I created my first blog in 2004. When I was looking around, I found, but almost immediately found and liked the wider range of options from self-hosting. The same day I also found MT. Looking at the two, and only having designed HTML sites before, and because I was really only doing it to have a personal blog, I decided on WP. I believe it was just about the same time the different pricing levels for MT were revealed. MT seemed to have too much of a learning curve even in just figuring out what I was going...
  • Francis Dinh commented on How did WordPress win?
    One of the things that made WordPress successful (that you didn't really mention), was WordPress had (and still has); a free WordPress blog service. MT had TypePad, but didn't made their service free until recently. Anyways, this post will help those who are looking for a blog platform, why MT ended up like MySpace....

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