A full year after I left Xanga for Myspace, Xanga sent me an e-mail saying they missed me. I forgot that I had an account there. I logged in to find that Xanga was a lot more Myspace-ish than it had been. After joining Facebook, I’ve seen Myspace copy some of the things we like about Facebook, and Facebook try to incorporate some of Myspace’s features. Each social networking platform wants to have/be what it is that everyone wants.
WordPress is not a social networking site; it’s about blogging which is about writing. BUT… even the people that run it (Automatic) were on Twitter everyday and not blogging. Facebook and Twitter are fast; instantaneous actually. If something happens, you know about it immediately. What if you could blog on WordPress and see comments appear in real time? What if you could post an update and have it appear without even refreshing the page? What if you could write a post right on your page (like, oh I don’t know… Facebook) without going to the editor?
The WordPress people asked themselves the same questions, and then published P2. The P2 theme is available to WordPress.org and .com users alike. Watch this video; it’s located at the P2 theme’s website. For more back story/history, read a post by Matt entitled How P2 Changed Automatic.