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.