WordPress.com OS X app

The WordPress.com OS X app is beautiful and almost pointless.

WordPress has wrapped its app around the most recent browser version of the WordPress.com software. That’s it.

It runs well enough, but it doesn’t do anything that can’t be done in the browser. Moreover, there are some things it doesn’t do, so you are sent back to the browser version anyway.

There are only three reasons to use the app:

  • To keep Safari or another browser set aside for non-WordPress tasks.
  • To go straight to WordPress.com from the Dock or Application launcher.
  • If you want to store data locally on your Mac.

None of these are compelling:

  • WordPress.com works well in Safari. But even if you hate working that way. like it or not, there will be times when the app sends you there.
  • If you keep WordPress in your Safari bookmarks you can get there in two clicks instead of one.
  • Local data may help if you have a poor internet connection, otherwise, it’s rarely an issue. When I feel the need to compose a post outside of WordPress, I use a Markdown editor like iA Writer or Byword.

In short, there may be a  case for people who spend all day managing WordPress sites to use the app, but for most people it’s just clutter.

Update: There is one flaw with the app I forgot to mention. It doesn’t appear to automatically update. If it does, then the updates are infrequent. And there’s no obvious refresh button to hurry updates along. This matters if, say, you want to watch the traffic roll in after a new post.

 

Plain English is radical

This echoes what I tell people: Avoid jargon as much as possible precisely because it excludes people. Sometimes I rant about it, see http://billbennett.co.nz/2010/04/19/writing-minimise-jargon/

In technology, it’s all about the commercial case: companies who overdo the jargon lose sales to companies who can articulate ideas in plain English. And often, the numbskulls who insist on jargon are the ones who are talking with forked tongues. It’s just the same with politics.

Fundamentally Useless

Despite all the ups and downs of the past few months, there has been one constant in left wing politics: jargon. Regardless of whether Nicky Hager, Judith Collins, or Eminem led the news, the Left was ready to respond with a slew of long and fancy words. Left wing politics talks a lot about inclusion, but often it does so with some very exclusive words. I am guilty of this too.

Nothing says ‘you are not welcome in this discussion’ like jargon. If we are truly concerned with growing the Left, we need welcome those who look leftwards, not make them feel stupid. If we are serious about inclusive politics, then we need to make sure we don’t exclude less-advantaged people. Jargon excludes people who struggle with English and, generally speaking, people with less education.

I get that politics and identity can be complex, and that sometimes a rare word is…

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