Sociable gets a new home

blogplayOver the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of work on my plugins. I’ve found out that with each new release, they get more users, which is good, and get more time demanding, which is unfortunate. Now with OrangeValley going so well, and the things we have planned there, as well as my wife being 7 months pregnant and the fact that we’ll thus have a 2nd kid soon, I probably won’t have as much time as I used to have to maintain all my plugins.

So when the guys from startups.com approached me about whether they could take over maintenance on Sociable, I happily said yes. They have plenty of experience and some very good ideas for the plugin, so I’m confident they’ll do a good job.

Before any of you ask: yes, some money was involved in this transaction, but I can tell you that if I had to buy everyone who reads this a beer I’d still be bankrupt. I’ll still be involved in the development for a while, but they’ll be responsible for keeping the plugin up to date from now on. The new home for Sociable is called blogplay.com, and all that is left for me is to wish them all the best with maintaining Sociable!

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34 Responses

  1. Remo KnopsBy Remo Knops on 14 September, 2009

    Hi Joost,

    At first cool to hear that you will become a father for the second time, and I really hope that the last part of the pregnancy goes very well. In that respect it is understandable that you have to make certain choices, although not always easy to do.

    I respect your decision, and I’m happy to hear that you still will be involved with the development. It might also be good to have some “new fresh blood” in the development of a great plugin !

    Keep up the good work, I’m looking forward to the upcoming updates, and formost support your wife the upcoming months ! ;o)

    // Remo Knops

  2. Coen JacobsBy Coen Jacobs on 14 September, 2009

    When you first mentioned this news, the smiley I used in the reply was: :(

    But now, I think it is the best for the plugin and I wish BlogPlay the very best maintaining this awesome plugin! Where can I submit my feature requests? ;)

    Thanks Joost for pulling this plugin out of the dirt and make it into a successful plugin!

    • Fred ImparattaBy Fred Imparatta on 14 September, 2009

      @coen you can submit your requests in the wordpress forum or through twitter to @blogplaycom. We’ll keep an update log there too.

      • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 14 September, 2009

        Great to hear that Fred :)

        • Fred ImparattaBy Fred Imparatta on 14 September, 2009

          Could you make sure it redirects in internet explorer? it’s not doing it.

          • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 14 September, 2009

            You sure that’s not a cache issue?

        • Fred ImparattaBy Fred Imparatta on 14 September, 2009

          Tried it on several machines, weird.

      • Coen JacobsBy Coen Jacobs on 14 September, 2009

        Thanks, sounds great and good luck on further developing!

        (although it was meant as a little joke ;) )

  3. Travis CampbellBy Travis Campbell on 14 September, 2009

    Joost- Congrats on the forthcoming little one! Thanks for the update on BlogPlay.com, hopefully they can continue the great work you started. -Travis

  4. DazzlinDonnaBy DazzlinDonna on 14 September, 2009

    Congrats, though I’ll worry about Sociable until blogplay proves themselves. :) Now…maybe you’ll have time to respond to the support issue on the RSS Footer support forum. ;) http://wordpress.org/support/topic/293826?replies=3

  5. Paul OFlahertyBy Paul OFlaherty on 14 September, 2009

    Congratulations on your impending fatherhood (again) and I just wanted to say thanks for an awesome plugin that I’ve really appreciated :)

  6. RaduBy Radu on 14 September, 2009

    Congratulations for the Sociable! Big satisfactions come sometimes with some effort, but I’m sure that you love enough us, users of your products, to keep them up and working!

  7. Ricky BuchananBy Ricky Buchanan on 15 September, 2009

    Thanks for all your hard work on Sociable (as well as all your other plugins!)

  8. MarcusBy Marcus on 15 September, 2009

    Good luck with all that! It’s nice to see that you’d rather see the plugin grow than hold onto it.

    On a similar topic, what do you use to manage your plugins on here? Do you use a plugin or just specially styled pages?

  9. Ronen BekermanBy Ronen Bekerman on 15 September, 2009

    Nice plug, i’ll have to check it on my blog too.

  10. MarkusBy Markus on 15 September, 2009

    Thanks for all the efford you put in sociable. I hope the new owners won’t become too spammy

  11. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 15 September, 2009

    For all those with concerns about the new owners: I’ve got full confidence in them, for several reasons, but please consider as well, that if they do a bad job at maintaining the plugin, it is still open source, anyone can pick it up and make it’s own version…

    • DougBy Doug on 16 September, 2009

      Let’s hope no one has to make a new version but for a company that spent money on code you’d think that they could spend money on an editor. The large number of inconsistent text, misspellings and grammar errors on that site are what makes me very wary of the plugin’s new home.

      @nullvariable

      PS Congrats on the impending addition to your family!

  12. JBucknoffBy JBucknoff on 15 September, 2009

    Joost, it’s plugins such as yours that makes WordPress the incredible success it is. Adding Sociable to my project management blog gives it the professional look that I need to market myself and my small consulting practice to clients. Now my blog can compete with the big guys who have big IT departments and big web “producers.”

  13. Toni AnicicBy Toni Anicic on 16 September, 2009

    We’re using that plugin at our blog. I believe it’s the best one in the social media integration plugins niche :)

    I hope they will continue the good work you did!

  14. Marcus FollrudBy Marcus Follrud on 16 September, 2009

    Congratulations to baby #2 and thanks for your outstanding development with Sociable!

    Best,
    Marcus

  15. rockseaBy rocksea on 16 September, 2009

    all wishes and love for your 2nd kid :)
    we just had our first recently. happy time!

    appreciate your gesture to see that sociable is maintained throughout.

  16. Philip M. Hofer (Frumph)By Philip M. Hofer (Frumph) on 21 September, 2009

    Congratulations on baby #2!

  17. Mongi GazelleBy Mongi Gazelle on 21 September, 2009

    Nice to hear that you will become father and so do I. It is as well nice to know that it is the second child and so do I :-)
    I am using the plugin myslef and I really enjoyed tweaking it a bit. I have some ideas, which I would like to streamline and it would be great to know, where to post them!
    I wish you all the best! and by the way cool presentation about SEO on the video!
    Thnx

  18. rollomBy rollom on 15 October, 2009

    Joost,the sociable plugin I have used,but i find on the centre bookmark 8 big icons which on
    blogplay.com is very attractive,how i want to have.
    The sociable’s icons are very small,if the icon is smilar to that i said above,I think sociable
    maybe more popular.Good luck my friends,joost.

  19. GrammarKingBy GrammarKing on 22 October, 2009

    There’s no apostrophe in the word “gets,” dude….

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 22 October, 2009

      Thank you for so kindly pointing me at this error :D

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