5 years in, Jetpack is soaring higher than ever!

Happy Birthday Jetpack!!!!!!

Jetpack for WordPress

Today is a big day: Jetpack turns five!

On March 9th, 2011, a five-person team within Automattic released Jetpack 1.0 in an effort to extend a few excellent WordPress.com features to folks who host their own WordPress. Today, our team of 50 is proud to celebrate Jetpack’s 5th birthday, along with millions of our users and the rest of the WordPress community.

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Jetpack has a unique connection to the WordPress community — we started with just a few features from WordPress.com and expanded that list over time, based on what we learned from our contributors, beta testers, and you. You’ve all had a hand in making Jetpack great, so we’re celebrating Jetpack’s birthday with your words and stories.

The Food Blogger: Shayda Torabi

Shayda is a long-time Jetpack user and the author and editor of Dine with Shayda, a food and travel…

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A Faster Mobile Web for All WordPress.com Users: AMP Is Here

How awesome is this y’all?

WordPress.com News

Your sites are about to get even faster on mobile devices: starting today, WordPress.com sites support Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) – a new initiative spearheaded by Google to dramatically improve the speed of your pages loading on phones and tablets.

The best part? WordPress.com users don’t need to do a thing. AMP works automatically, loading a lightning-fast version of your posts. This means readers will get your content even faster on mobile when they come to your site from Google search, or news apps like Nuzzel.

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To see AMP in action on WordPress.com, check out this article, or see a Google search demo at g.co/amp.

Speed matters on the web. AMP is an open-source framework that allows browsers and apps to load your sites quickly on mobile devices. See the AMP site for more details on how it works. We’re proud to be a partner in this…

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I will Accelerate in Austin next week!

On Feb 18th, in Austin TX, Accelerate LGBT will be holding an event in Austin that focuses on helping Non Profit and Businesses focused on diversity. It’s an amazing event and a joint venture that Google and Automattic work on together. Pretty cool, a?

Please read about the event here.

 

Support Conf!

I have several friends working on organizing this really cool conference for professional Tech Support folks (like myself), called Support Conf. I strongly urge everyone who wants to make a career out of tech support to check this out! It’s going to be a lot of fun!

It’s also taking place at Hawthorne, my companies headquarters (well…as close to a headquarters as we have one)! Check it out!

Wow I haven’t blogged in a while!

Sorry WordPress people!

Life has been really good. I recently obtained some new friends at a recent meetup. Fun times (thanks Automattic!).

I’ve been bouncing around a lot, going from region to region, constantly wondering what time zone I am in. Friends tell me “how do you do that,” but it’s become the norm for me. I am “time zone agnostic.”

Anyway, I will try to blog more. Maybe not every day, because I’m not as amazing as my boo or as awesome as most of my peers at Automattic, but I will try.

My bad!

The New WordPress.com App for Windows Is Here

How amazing is this?

WordPress.com News

You asked, and we answered—quickly! Just weeks after unveiling the all-new WordPress.com and desktop app for Mac, we’re thrilled to introduce our new Windows app.

07-laptopNow you can manage your sites, write and publish, and even customize your site and view stats from a dedicated app in your Windows Start Menu. Use it for your sites on WordPress.com, as well as for self-hosted WordPress sites. (For the latter, you’ll just need to have the Jetpack plugin installed to connect your site.)

And just like the rest of WordPress.com, the new Windows app is simple, seamless, and blazingly fast.

Download the app

06-desktop-with-appThe new Windows app includes:

  • The My Sites dashboard for managing multiple sites, whether WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress with Jetpack.
  • The new WordPress.com Editor, with in-app previewing and draft auto-saving.
  • The Reader, which lets you follow and read any of your favorite sites, and the all-new Discover, which…

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Fighting Fear after the Paris attacks.

Amazing blog post from my friend Steve.

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Seeing the news unfold from Paris that there had been yet another terrorist attack, I have to be honest: I didn’t feel too much at first.

Yes, it was awful, but the scenes played out on the screen like the plot of an action film: dramatic, but ultimately ones that we’ve seen time and time again. The world would get back to their feet, and life would continue as before.

Or at least, that’s how it should have went.

Eleven days on, when the frivolous debates over whether or not people should change their Facebook profile to a blue, white, and red tricoleur have subsided, and other humanitarian tragedies that were ignored by the Western media have been highlighted, the chaos and uncertainty remains.

That wasn’t meant to happen.

I don’t want to admit it, but I’m going to be honest: I am scared. The sort of fear that builds…

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