It’s Not The Network But What You Say

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’re already well aware of the growing civil unrest in Egypt. You most likely know about it thanks to Social Media, particularly Facebook and Twitter. However, many people are claiming Social Media is what sparked the revolution in Tunisia, Egypt and will do so again in any other country ready for revolution in the Middle East. If anything Social Media has only helped revolutions, not started them.

I’m not downplaying the effects of Social Media but I’m not exactly attributing the next overthrow of any Orwellian government to Twitter. Instead, it’s what the people are saying – that’s what responsible for revolutions. Twitter, Facebook nor any Social Media channel is not directly responsible for organizing millions of people in to overthrowing a government or staging protests – these are all thoughts that have been years in the making, – it has only been recently that acting on these thoughts en masse was viable. [Read more…]

Brian Gardner Launches Revolution Two Open-Source WordPress Theme


brian-gardner-revolution-wordpress-themeProminent WordPress theme designer Brian Gardner has released a new open-source theme set called Revolution Two to essentially replace his highly popular Revolution WordPress theme. The new theme set includes 10 themes for free downloading.

The release comes two days earlier than previously anticipated, with Gardner saying in his most recent blog post announcing the launch of the new Revolution theme, “I figure I owed you all an early release.”

That, or he really just wanted to be able to nurse his post-Halloween sugar hangover on Friday night. :)

Starting November 1, the original Revolution theme will no longer be available for purchase (although existing Revolution buyers will still receive support “for life”), except for necessary updates for 12 months to maintain compatibility with WordPress. Instead, Gardner has opted to go the open-source route for monetization, with plans to sell premium support for the free Revolution Two themes on an annual ($99.95) or lifetime ($149.95) basis.

Follow the Revolution Two project on Twitter for project updates.

Have you ever used the Revolution theme for WordPress? What do you think of the new Revolution Two themes? Do you agree with Brian Gardner’s decision to make the Revolution Two themes open-source?