On November 8, the second edition of Wordcamp Argentina took place in Buenos Aires. As was the case at the first Wordcamp, the most important guest was Matt Mullenweg, WordPress’ main developer. Matt told the attendees about the new features of WP 2.7, which has a lot to do with AJAX and includes a long awaited functionality: automatic updates with only one click -something that applies to plugins since version 2.6. Mullenweg also referred to “the death of blogs”, a polemic that has been making the rounds for the past few weeks, as Ezequiel Apesteguía [es] summarizes here:
“Matt también negó la muerte de los blogs y dijo que están en su mejor momento. Explicó que el futuro de WordPress radica en la posibilidad de ser móvil y social: deberíamos ser capaces de convertir un blog en nuestra casa, para publicar una foto allí y que se distribuya automáticamente a otras redes sociales, por ejemplo”.
Ezequiel also published a video, although a little shakey, of Mullenweg's presentation:
The morning started with the presence of Alejandro Piscitelli, professor and researcher of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, who spoke about many issues related to the Web 2.0 and the cognitive changes linked to the Internet and the media. There was a space for discussions such as how to earn money with your blog, the problems of getting advertising, how to develop corporate blogs, and how to measure the success of your site among many other topics.
There are summaries of what happened in the Wordcamp Argentina 2008 at Denken Uber [es]; Infoxicados [es]; Dotpod [es]; Optimizada [es]; I Wanna Be Sedated [es]; SEO; Ramiro Arturi [es]; DrGen [es]; PsicoGeek [es]; Fabio; and Cookieface [es].
WordPress is one of the most revolutionary products to grace our planet, and WordCamps are the ultimate in grass roots opportunities for the average citizen to express themselves and make a difference.
I doubt that any major corporation has produced a product with the potential impact that WordPress (and all other blogging platforms) possesses. Word processors and spreadsheets seem so mundane with compared to a platform that facilitates global communication.