I have always been a major WordPress fan and used any opportunity to plug both WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
Now – I have an even greater reason to speak their praises: WordPress 2.7 is exceptional. I have been using the latest version at Widgetbox’s blog for a few weeks – and just recently upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.7.1.
Mind you I have used countless different versions up to this point – all of which were more evolutionary than profoundly new or different. With the latest version – that changes. For instance, moving from WordPress 2.3 to 2.7 is almost entirely a new experience (from the interface to the feature-set to the available plugins and so forth).
What strikes me about WordPress is what also what strikes me about eBay, Google and other web giants:
They have enabled millions of users to create content and create businesses / economies around it. From professional bloggers to (more interestingly….) developers and designers (plugins, themes, etc) – there is an entire economy based off the popularity and flexibility of WordPress. This was one of the most satisfying parts of working at eBay – enabling millions of people to create value through the platfrom – either directly or tangentially.