Automattic Launched a Jetpack

March 9th, 2011
WordPress, WordPress Plugins

Automattic has just launched Jetpack, a new plugin which allows self-hosted WordPress users to enjoy several features previously available only to blogs.

Simply put, Jetpack is a vehicle to bring some of the best features to your self-hosted WordPress blog, and it’s launching today with Gravatar Hovercards, Stats, the Twitter widget, a wealth of cool shortcodes, Shortlinks, LaTeX markup, Sharedaddy, and After the Deadline.

Of course, these features are just the launch set. There are plenty more on the way, and all you need to do is watch for them to magically appear in your Jetpack panel.

Have you tried Jetpack yet? What do you think of it so far?

Disclaimer: I work for Automattic, Inc.




  1. Dan (1 comments.) says:

    Another Trojan horse for users to become dependent on the infrastructure? There’s no end to it is there? I hope the “jetpack” is not as lame as the stats plugin.

    • that girl again (41 comments.) says:

      Looks like another device to boost signups, yes; take a happy .org user and tell them they need an account at your site to access cool new features. Remember when a account was required to use Akismet? That did a decent job of inflating user numbers when they needed it. Maybe they’re seeking another round of funding.

  2. Tom Coburn (67 comments.) says:

    I agree with the above 2 comments.
    I would use it if they added facebook/twitter
    connect/commenting functionality, since the current set of
    facebook and twitter connect plugins do not work!
    but otherwise I agree with the above 2 comments.
    The thing that still gets me about WP is they still insist
    on having user accounts inside individual blogs.
    I NEVER make a comment on WP blogs that require
    registration, who wants to sign up for blogs all day long?
    it would be different if they supported registrations least then your not registering for new blogs all day long. why not just support, twitter, and facebook that people already have? either that or get the current 3rd party fb/twitter plugins working. otherwise there’s no use in even commenting at all, and that would definitely take care of the SPAM problem

  3. zaryl (3 comments.) says:

    I’m not sure about the other wordpress users. but since using this plugin, my blog’s statistics can not appear because of problems with the API key.

    • Chris Bryant (12 comments.) says:

      That seems to be a common problem- I’m getting it as well, and many people have posted about it on the .org support forum.

  4. Lucky Today (3 comments.) says:

    I started using it today.
    Do you know what other Jetpack features are planned in the soon future?

    I like the existing 8 features but would like to see a few more…

  5. Kawauso says:

    A quick glance at the source code shows that it replaces (and most likely integrates) the following Automattic plugins: Stats
    Wickett Twitter Widget
    After The Deadline

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