After Microsoft announced that it was shutting down Windows Live Spaces and turning the keys over to WordPress.com, it looks like the number of monthly signups to WP.com has more than doubled which spells good news for Automattic (the company behind WordPress).
With the addition of Windows Live Spaces sites moving to WordPress.com, Windows Live users who are new to blogging coming here, and word-of-mouth from our current and very passionate users, the number of people joining WordPress.com has doubled to over 900,000 per month (up from around 400,000 per month before the migration). We’re thrilled to see this explosion and to be introducing so many people to publishing with WordPress. (Official WordPress Blog)
Microsoft confirms the number of successful migrations to half a million, with the company also reporting that an additional 400,000 former live space users have chosen to skip the migration process entirely and instead start afresh upon a new WP.com blog.
If WordPress is able to maintain this trend, we could see eventually see WordPress eventually surpass Blogger.com in a few years (if not sooner), provided the latter isn’t able to convert the same numbers via the Google app universe.
Author: Darnell Clayton
Darnell Clayton is a geek who discovered blogging long before he heard of the word “blog” (he called them “web journals” then).
When he is not tweeting, friendfeeding, or blogging about space, he enjoys running, reading and describing himself in third person.