Paul descibes the new blog as:
It’s what Yahoo! is all about – the culture, the traditions and some dabbling of current hot topics in the general tech realm. You don’t have to be a Computational Media major at a top 10 public university to understand what’s going on. User interaction is encouraged on Yodel Anecdotal.
Please note that we’re talking about Yahoo! – a corporate giant – giving this kind of responsibility (and opportunity) to an intern. I think that’s amazing, admirable and to be saluted. Now, Paul doesn’t seem like your average intern, so that may play into this a bit. But, the willingness of a company like Yahoo! to offer this to an intern just blows my mind. Yahoo! has won me over in yet another area.
Sounds like a good idea for a corporate blog, too. Looking forward to reading this one.
Paul’s work (and his group) is quite impressive. Congrats!
A little side story is the choice of the blogging platform used for Yahoo’s corporate blog. MovableType’s ProNet discussion group – mostly developers – are a little bummed that WordPress was chosen. But, the unique aspect is that Yahoo! let the intern go with a platform he felt comfortable with – instead of one that was suggested (but not demanded) by IT. I think that’s commendable. Also, Yahoo! offers hosting for both platforms. So, either platform would be fine for the blog.
Is it a coup for WordPress? Sure. WordPress is now the platform of the Official Yahoo! corporate blog. That’s pretty cool. But, both platforms have gained from acceptance and adoption by Yahoo! over recent years. See Yahoo! Web Hosting and WordPress.
I do think that WordPress is continuing to erode Movable Type’s market share and if I were Six Apart, I’d be worried. Even the latest version of Movable Type 3.3 is encountering problems. The rebuild function of Movable Type makes it a “clunkier” platform than WordPress, in some/many instances. We’ll see how Movable Type’s viability plays out in the future.