Evan Williams on Twitter and its ecosystem

Evan Williams, the co-founder of Twitter and the company’s former CEO during the beginning of its evolution from a side project into a major social-media entity, says that the influence of the network’s ecosystem has been overstated. But is that true?

Cloud computing for the people? It’s called SaaS.

Cloud-based servers simple enough to be at the beck and call of every Joe Schmo are a compelling vision, but presently not a realistic one. At this point, in fact, one could argue that the holy grail of the consumer cloud has already been realized.

New ‘radically simplified’ WordPress is on the way

Matt Mullenweg, the founder of Wordpress and Automattic, said at paidContent 2012 that the service is preparing for a significant change of direction — by releasing a much simpler version designed to work on mobile.

May 23: Talking content and its future at paidContent 2012

“Content” is an industry that is going through a renaissance.Despite the current challenges and there are opportunities. All these threats and opportunities will be part of the discourse at paidContent 2012, which will be held on May 23, 2012, at the TimesCenter in New York City.

Yes, blog comments are still worth the effort

Writer-turned-venture-capitalist MG Siegler recently reignited a long-standing debate over whether blogs should have comments or not. Critics argue that comments are mostly noise and are a waste of time, but blogs that don’t have them risk being seen as just a soap-box for their authors.

Got a Big Idea? Tell the White House on Twitter

The White House wants to hear from average citizens with big ideas about what projects the government should tackle, and has asked them to respond on Twitter. The responses are being collected by Expert Labs, a non-profit run by former Six Apart executive Anil Dash.

Today in Social

Just as the city of San Francisco provides an example of how municipal (and other) governments can embrace the NextWeb, the city of New York provides an example of how not to. NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has told a Greenwich man to stop using its bus and train schedule information in his $3 iPhone app, claiming that scheduling information is copyrighted. The move appears to be a tactic in the city’s negotiations with the app maker to take a cut of his revenue. What it might also do is motivate developers to focus their efforts elsewhere and earn the city some bad PR in the process.