Wednesday, October 15, 2008

PollDaddy is latest Automattic acquisition

Fresh on the heels of acquiring Disqus competitor Intense Debate, the parent company of WordPress, Automattic announced the acquisition of PollDaddy a short time ago.

The announcement came on Matt Mullenweg's blog.

WordPress has been 'moving right along' as the defacto leader in blog platforms and continues to maintain that position.

I've often found it interesting that many Google (and ex-Google) employees still use WordPress instead of Google owned Blogger, which has been innovating to 'some extent' at  (This blog is on the Blogger platform).

A few months ago I began to experiment once again with WordPress for my personal blog (which I expect to reinvigorate sometime in the next two weeks .... finally), and that's when I discovered the reasons why WordPress continues to be favored.  The flexibility, especially for those that want customization in their blogs, is excellent, and there's a tremedous amount of third party plug-in support (as well as hundreds of free and / or inexpensive custom templates).

Earlier today, PollDaddy was automatically enabled on all blogs.  A plug-in for self-hosted or remotely hosted WordPress platform blogs in already available.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

More information on the new feature, acquisition, or PollDaddy just visit Matt's blog, or the PollDaddy blog here.