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Yess. Yess. Yess. Automattic (a la Matt Mullenweg) has acquired Gravatar, a “global avatar service,” which has been what can only be described as a crapshoot — sometimes Gravatars went down, or at best, were really slow, and for a while there the whole Gravatar site even disappeared.

Good things are already happening. From the post:

  • We’re going to make all of the Premium features free, and refund anyone who bought them in the last 60 days.
  • Move the gravatar serving to a Content Delivery Network so not only will they be fast, it’ll be low latency and not slow down a page load.

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One thing Automattic is really good at is throwing tons of servers and bandwidth at something, and that’s exactly what Gravatar needs. Just a few things though — how is Gravatar going to turn a profit, and why the hell do we now have to deal with more Snap popups?

Either way, congratulations to Matt and Automattic — hopefully this gives Gravatar the kick in the ass it needs, which will definitely benefit the blogosphere1.

Edit: As I was proofreading this post, Matt announced it on his blog.


  1. I hate that word, but still. 

The WordPress and PHP 5 debate has sparked up (again?), mostly brought on by the discussion on the mailing list and Matt’s post on PHP 5. I think this post on funkatron.com explains it pretty well — what we do now with a mess of code could, in a lot of cases, be made into OOP code that is a lot simpler, plus PHP 5 has many advantages such as PDO, which the Habari project has taken advantage of.

My biggest problem with the post? These few excerpts:

(In 2007, their site still doesn’t have obvious permalinks. They do have a RSS 1.0 feed though, remember those?)

Some app makers felt sorry for PHP 5 and decided to create the world’s ugliest advocacy site and turn their apps in to protest pieces at the expense of their users.

Come on, Matt. This is pretty underhanded. So what if their site doesn’t have a proper blog, with permalinks and et cetera? And remember when the WordPress site looked very similar? You know, all gray and boring? Didn’t stop it from becoming one of the most popular, if not the popular, blogging softwares at a surprisingly exponential rate. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

If you don’t support the move to PHP 5, fine. But at least someone had the guts to move forward with an initiative that has the potential to help WordPress in so many ways. And if WordPress wants to place its bets on outdated software that will no longer be supported by its vendor, then so be it.