A Twitter post (fittingly enough) caught my eye and sent me to a WordPress post in which newly-enriched founder Matt Mullenweg announced a Twitter-style group blog theme for WordPress called Prologue. Although I’m sure some will see this as Automattic going after Twitter, I see it more as a tribute to the power of the viral messaging app. In effect, the theme is an attempt to replicate the kind of group activity stream and messaging function that Twitter does so well in the form of a blog.

I could see this being hugely useful for a group working on a project, as Matt describes in his post, as a way of keeping track of what everyone is doing — complete with tags that users can follow and RSS feeds built in. It doesn’t benefit from the same kind of network effects as Twitter does, of course, because it’s restricted to a group of people who all use the same blog. But what if there was a way to tie those types of posts together with others from other Twitter-style blogs?

As Mark Hopkins notes in a post over at Mashable, this kind of thing is particularly interesting in light of what Dave Winer and some others have been saying about replicating Twitter in a more distributed fashion, to prevent the kind of outage it saw during Macworld. Now that I think about it, maybe Matt is thinking about going after Twitter :-)

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44 Responses to “WordPress pays homage to Twitter”
  1. […] launched Prologue to take a shot at Twitter. Matthew Ingram chimes in on what it could mean. Smart and simple move by WordPress . Long […]

  2. […] At least with WordPress you can take a lot of steps to make sure it is secure behind the firewall. Matthew Ingram has similar thoughts, taking up the idea of distributed networks that are protected against […]

  3. […] Jump to Comments Mathew Ingram: “A Twitter post (fittingly enough) caught my eye and sent me to a WordPress post in which […]

  4. […] folks talking about this: Mathew Ingram, Mashable Tags: Matt Mullenweg, microblogging, Prologue, Twitter, wordpressShare This Related […]

  5. Great potential for this to penetrate the work place..

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  6. […] isn’t being mentioned somewhere. whether it be those talking about how they use it  or those talking about what it needs to add to keep ahead of the competition. Heck I’ve even a few posts about the […]

  7. […] Mathew Ingram: WordPress pays homage to Twitter […]

  8. […] But Prologue is only the first step towards a distributed microblogging platform and all these limitations may be fixed soon. Mathew Ingram asks a very important question – But what if there was a way to tie those types of posts together with others from other Twitter-style blogs? — Mathew Ingram […]

  9. […] across this blog through Matthew Ingram’s article on WordPress’ Prologue theme (yeah, still looking for ways to tweak the Prologue functionality). Looks interesting. I’ll […]

  10. Would we soon see Twitter to Prolouge as Myspace to LinkedIn?

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  12. This Prologue is pretty interesting. I might use it.. :) Have you tried Plurk? It’s cool too! :)

  13. I have always enjoyed twitter.. I will enjoy this Prologue too.. :)

  14. People will be happy :)

  15. That theme will be really awesome:P

  16. That’s nice to hear that twitter got some good response!

  17. Very good news for Twitter

  18. Wow! Great news!

  19. it will be a great wayto do everything as we constantly use twitter.

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  21. Interesting post.I always enjoyed Twitter and I think I might also enjoy this Prologue.Also I think the theme is quite nice.

  22. Interesting, is theme already in use?

  23. Micro blogging is was born with twitter and it still has a long way to go! It will be much bigger in the future, because people will start doing it more and more on their phones and other mobile devices!

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  26. Thank you for the information as i am a wordpress user and it helped me a lot.

  27. Interesting news. I would wait eagerly to know more about how Prologue shapes up.

  28. hmm i just wonder how long twitter would last though

  29. My brother could have done with something like this on the project he has just finished working on. The management failed to keep in contact with all of the contractors who were using a repository for their code, and the management tried demo the new app to a client.

    Had the management been using something like this, they may have known not to demo it and save themselves the humiliation.

  30. Having more twitternest options would be a great addition to the word press (best blogging software out there).

  31. Its amazing how fast twitter became mainstream. You now have the name twitter being thrown around in the same croup as myspace and facebook. Are they owned by a public company or did someone create it from scratch like facebook?

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  33. Twitter is one of the most interesting social bookmark on earth!

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  38. […] Twitter isn’t being mentioned somewhere. whether it be those talking about how they use it or those talking about what it needs to add to keep ahead of the competition. Heck I’ve even a few posts about the […]

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