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WordPress.com the other Medium.com?

Wordpress.com is the other Medium.com
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With the new WordPress.com and Calypso, I’m noticing something I haven’t before. WordPress.com is really the other Medium.com. There is a vibrant community on the system and with Calypso and the new WordPress.com, it’s easier than ever to dive in and read some great stuff.

Being a Web designer and only using self-hosted WordPress, I’ve never noticed how neat the “Dot Com” actually is.*

When a visitor goes to WordPress.com, either via the desktop or mobile app or the Website, they can use it as a reader to discover great content and also to publish to their various WordPress.com and WordPress.org sites.

One thing I have noticed is that on the mobile app on Android, you can only post to Dot Com blogs, not to the self-hosted version. I’m sure this will be changing (I hope. Hint, hint!).

Have you explored WordPress.com lately? If not, check it out.

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Footnote:

*Wordpress.com is owned by Automattic, Matt Mullenweg‘s company (Mullenweg is the co-founder of WordPress). It takes the blogging software, that is self-hosted, farther and hosts it for the user and makes getting your content online easy. WordPress.org is the self-hosted version that is run by the WordPress Foundation. It, along with Dot Com, run close to 25% of the Internet’s Websites. 

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Klout Is Getting Interesting

This post originally appeared on Linkedin on 9/25/2014.

kloutI’ll admit I haven’t logged into Klout in quite a while. You know what? They sure have pivoted.

Once, in my opinion, the most laughable attempt at proving influence in social media, Klout has changed to make itself a content discovery/distribution platform – and it’s quite appealing. Like Buffer, it allows you to connect to your social networks and share various topics, which are interesting to you, in the process you are boosting your influence on the platform.

Having only played with the “New” Klout for a few days now, I’m going to reserve final judgement for a follow up piece, but I’m wondering what you think of it?

Have you been to Klout recently? Do you like how it pivoted? Will you use it?

Post your thoughts in the comments below.

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Seth Goldstein is an Internet marketer based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (just north of Philadelphia). He is the creative director of two companies, Goldstein Mediaand WebMarCom. To find out more about him you can view his profile here or take a look at his blog here.