WordPress Rocks SXSW

sxswSXSW is celebrating its 25th year and has grown into the largest convention and conference of its kind. South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences centered on the downtown Austin Convention Center, Texas that take place every spring.

The truth is that the people who can effectively work at SXSW are the people who benefit the most from the conference. … This post outlines five basic things that you can do to actually get things done amidst the insanity. —  Mark Gilbreath of Mashable in HOW TO: Actually Get Something Done At SXSW

WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, a former Texan now residing in San Francisco  is one of PC World’s Top 50 People on the Web, Inc. com’s 30 under 30, and Business Week’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web. In case you missed it live or didn’t follow the streams, here is a twitter summary in the future of WordPress in 15 Tweets or less from those in attendance when Matt Mullenweg wrapped up his SXSW panel discussion on the future of WordPress.

Mullenweg also comes across as incredibly attuned to the needs of his customers. He consistently mentioned that WordPress upgrades were in response to ‘requests from you guys’ – meaning, the folks in the audience who used his product. … And Mullenweg seemed very serious about keeping ads on WordPress to a minimum, mostly because he thinks it will keep his customers happy. — Serve the Customer and Win

Matt Mullenweg founded WordPress to “democratize publishing for the world.” In his interview with “This is Us!”, on Nov 11, 2010  Matt explains the community-focused business philosophy behind the amazing success of WordPress.  Enjoy the video.

In additon, there have been several announcements of interest from WordPress.com.  If you haven’t become aware of them yet check them out.
How is WordPress.com made?
WordPress Takes SXSW
VideoPress now on iPhone, iPad, and HTML5 browsers
Boost your self-hosted WordPress with Jetpack
Guided Transfers to .org

The WordPress Foundation an official co-host of the WordPress meet-up of SXSW. WordPress Party at SXSW 2011. Don’t you wish you were there?

14 thoughts on “WordPress Rocks SXSW

  1. I haven’t spent much energy on .org blog to see my stats. portion of Jetpack is working or not: the blog has not been officially launched to the target audience yet.

    My own .com stats blogs are fine.

    1. I believe the fact the site is so new and that it’s running the latest version of WordPress.org 3.1 software, plus the Jetpack install and presumably no other plugins that conflict with that super-plugin, has resulted in no problems for you. And that’s great news. :)

  2. It is handy to have the jetpack on a wordpress.org blog. I use most of the same features in jetpack.

    The statistics part looks abit different than wordpress.com at the back-end.

    To non-bloggers they can’t tell the difference, but a wordpress.com blogger that uses a same-named theme will see some slight differences for self-hosted wordpress.org version.
    Mine is http://www.velo-city2012blog.com

    (I’m getting pretty impatient to formally release this blog because there will be an official announcement next week. So a soft launch now..)

        1. Five days and no Staff response in those threads, despite the Modlook flagging. What can I say? Reading the threads indicates that for some Jetpack created the problem and for others it solved it. The lack of clarity regarding whether or not historical statistical data will be available on the dashboard when one installs Jetpack or not is frustrating. There’s also lack of clarity with regard to those who do not choose to use Jetpack and choose to simply continue to use the wordpress stats plugin. Why are some reporting their stats have disappeared? Why are their stats affected at all?

  3. Hi Titi,
    Right on the money with this one, of course, you are always for me :)
    I was looking to see what SXSW was all about and saw your post in my subscriptions folder..
    And when it comes to Free, your website is the best FREE out there for any bloggers looking for 101s.. !!
    Thanks!
    Hope you are doing well,
    Rachana.

    1. Hello there,
      Thanks for the kind words about my blog. They are appreciated. I am well and bey busy at work. I hope you are well and happy too. :)

  4. HOW TO: Actually Get Something Done At SXSW

    LOL . . don’t attend is my best advise. Being a veteran of the 90’s tech boom and a company that sold over 100 million (yes 100 million) products by the late 90’s the general rule was work before pleasure.

    Now it’s the opposite apparently.

    1. Indeed. To me it sounds like non-stop partying punctuated by new product and features release announcements from the big players. lol :D

  5. I have installed the JetPack for a wordpress.org blog that I’m developing…because I miss some of the technical feature conveniences in wordpress.com! Otherwise one is downloading plug-ins which I’d rather not do it so piecemeal.

    1. It’s basically a plugin that incoporates other plugins in it. I assume that there will be additional “packages” one can chose from in the future.

      For launch we’ve brought eight of the most-requested features into Jetpack as one easy bundle: Hovercards, Stats, After the Deadline, Twitter widget, shortcodes, shortlinks, easy Facebook/Twitter/WordPress sharing buttons (Sharedaddy), and for our fellow math nerds, \LaTeX. We’re excited about this initial set of features, but we’re even more excited for what’s coming down the road.– Matt Mullenweg in Jetpack to the WP.com Cloud

      Is Jetpack Free?
      Jetpack itself is, and always will be free. Some individual features that Jetpack provides will be free, but others in the future may require payment. Installing Jetpack is free and requires no payment information. http://jetpack.me/faq/

      I’ll be interested to hear your feedback.

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