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Wordpress going for Twitter's Jugular with Prologue?

A Group Twitter (opens in new tab), that's how Matt Mullenweg from Wordpress describes Prologue, the newest add-on to the Wordpress-o-sphere.

Prologue (opens in new tab) will be released as a standard theme for which means that tens of thousands can already start using it.

The new service adds threading to the comments, making it a interesting cross between forums and twitter-like solutions which tend to be flowing chronologically.

Blogherald says that this would be particularly useful for small groups and internal communications within companies.

Matt describes in a post how it works and it looks like this might be a killer application that many "Wordpressers" were waiting for; complete with RSS support, tagging and mug shot pictures

It is not yet a Social Networking platform but by bringing onboard Twitter-like functionality to the Wordpress platform, Automattic sends a clear signal to the rest of the web 2.0 audience; don't forget Wordpress.

Prologue has been released as a GPL application which means that programmers and Wordpress addicts will tinker with it and hopefully come up with some interesting ideas.

The news comes a few days after four companies, including the New York Times Company, invested $29.5 million in the blogging company, which values it at between $150 and $200 million according to the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab).

The company generates revenue through premium storage and services for Wordpress and have also just announced that they are boosting their storage capacity to three Gigabytes (opens in new tab) to encourage people to upload multimedia content.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.