More than 100,000 Blogging on iPhone

By Josh Catone
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Until Apple adds copy and paste to the iPhone I couldn’t imagine using it to do any real blogging. A quickly as I have become adept at using its touch screen, qwerty keyboard, it is still not suited to any long form content writing. Short emails or text messages or web searches are fine, but blogging is something I can’t imagine doing from the iPhone.

At least 102,208 people disagree, however. That’s how many people have downloaded the WordPress iPhone application, the company revealed this week. That number covers from the last week in July through the end of August and doesn’t include upgrades.

Though it’s impossible to tell how many people downloaded the application, tried it, and subsequently don’t actually use it, because there are no public engagement stats available for iPhone apps, the number is still mighty impressive. WordPress is a free application so the number of casual installs (vs. active users) is probably higher than for paid applications, but even so, that 100,000 people are interested in blogging from their iPhone is surprising to me.

It’s also great news for Apple. That people are interested in creating long form content like full blog posts from their phone confirms that users are looking at the iPhone as a full computing platform and not just a phone. Validation of the iPhone as a computing platform is a big win for Apple.

As for copy and paste — developer Zac White created an alternative way of implementing it for iPhone developers. WordPress hasn’t signed on to White’s Open Clip framework yet, but hopefully they’re considering it. If they do, I’ll consider their iPhone app.

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  • WordPress for the IPhone is great for posting images to blogs on the go, but anything more is a hassle as the keyboard just isn’t that great for typing.

  • vgarcia

    Take one off that number. I downloaded it, installed it, but trashed it after a minute. Blogging by email was easier for me.

  • I can’t imagine even blogging from a blackberry qwerty keyboard, much less an iPhone… this must have been a major “cool-factor” download that will not really unleash very many iPhone bloggers at this point.

  • I find the iPhone great for blogging on the go. The keyboard isn’t too much slower than using my MacBook Pro keyboard perched in the back of a car or on a train etc. Uploading pics from it works great also. I have a non techy friend who writes his blog nearly everyday from his iPhone to. I find it useful for checking on unpublished posts that other authors have added ready for checking before they get published.

    The copy paste issue is a real one and I can see why this would be a barrier to many users. Still, it isn’t a one size fits all solution but it gets my vote.

  • matt

    When they release an iPhone with a stylus and handwriting recognition then I might think about getting one!

  • Rommel

    WordPress app is great for typo-edits or updates to existing posts. Echoing first comment, long-form posts are a hassle with the iPhone keyboard.

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  • I use the iPhone WordPress app to begin blog articles that I think about while I am away from my computer. I usually then finish them up when I am back at my desk.

    I would probably use it a little more often if I could access saved, but unpublished articles on the iPhone. Thus far I can only seem to get the published articles, which I really do not need to edit anymore, and the local (iPhone) drafts. That is a bit frustrating when I have some time, but only want to work on an article I already started.

  • when i got my new service it was either a black berry or Iphone. I got the iphone for the wife and black berry for me. I really do not like the keys on the iphone it is so easy to fat finger!. the blackberry is much easier to use. if there is a wordpress app for the blackberr i will install that.

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