What Automattic Can Do With WP.com

Automattic recently acquired WP.com from Yahoo, and now they are wondering what to do with it. (They’re asking for suggestions, too.)

Yes it’s true, Automattic is now the proud owner of WP.com, which we acquired from our buddies over at Yahoo! We’ve been using WP.com as internal shorthand for this site for years now, and ever since we figured out four or five years ago that Yahoo had that domain (as opposed to the Washington Post or something) we’ve been doing our best to get it, a journey that culminated in ultimate success a few days ago.

My recommendation is in two parts. First of all, they should use it for users’ blogs. Instead of redwallhp.wordpress.com, why shouldn’t redwallhp.wp.com be used? It’s shorter by far, which WordPress.com users would love. I think it would be a major selling point over the competition. BlogSpot’s subdomains would seem rather long in comparision, and we all know how people hate to type long URLs…

The second part of my recommendation to Automattic is that they also use it as an automatic URL shortener. Every post on every WordPress.com blog should have it’s own short URL in the form of wp.com/a1cb3. In the age of Twitter, you can’t go wrong with that.

  • http://www.thisismyurl.com Christopher Ross

    That's a pretty excellent plan (using as a url shortener).

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/redwall_hp redwall_hp

      I thought so too. :) Hopefully they'll go with it.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/nhoss2 nhoss2

    lol, when I read the title of your post, the first thing that came to my mind was you first idea

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/redwall_hp redwall_hp

      It seems to be a popular suggestion, if you read the comment on their announcement. I think a lot of people might complain if they *don't* implement it. :)