Dear Movable Type Customers,
You may have read reports that the website PBS.org was hacked and some sources claimed that a previously undiscovered security flaw in Movable Type 4 was to blame.
Six Apart and our affiliates have been working closely with the Public Broadcasting System to learn how the hack was accomplished. We are continuously reviewing our code base to protect our customers from any vulnerabilities in Movable Type.
Today, Six Apart released the first Movable Type update since the PBS hacking case. Please see the release note on movabletype.com for details. All Movable Type customers get benefits from this release, so we strongly recommend that you apply this release as soon as possible.
Six Apart is committed to continuing to eliminate bugs, especially when such bugs potentially expose our customers to malicious attacks.
In the past years, Six Apart has made efforts to provide security fixes promptly for major releases of Movable Type, because we understand that our customers are not always ready to migrate to the latest version of our software. That's why we have released updates for the Movable Type 4.3, 5.0, and 5.1 branches today.
This has always been an important policy at Six Apart, and will continue to be our commitment to our user community.
President & CEO
Six Apart Japan to be acquired by Infocom and assume responsibility for Movable Type and Six Apart brand
We are happy to announce that Six Apart KK (SAKK), a Japanese subsidiary of SAY Media, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Infocom, a Japanese IT company, as of February 1, 2011. As part of this transaction, SAKK will assume responsibility for the worldwide Movable Type business, and the Six Apart brand.
We at SAKK are very excited to continue our investment in Movable Type, the Movable Type Open Source project and the worldwide community of developers, publishers and bloggers around the world that use Movable Type.
Below is a translation of Infocom's press release announcing the agreement. And be sure to read the SAY Media blog post about the announcement. And stay tuned -- there is more to come!
General Manager of SAKK
Those of you who've followed us over the years have seen us through a number of changes as Six Apart, and the industry we helped to create, has evolved.
What started with a simple goal to make creating and publishing content for the web easy, became a social publishing platform that today powers some of the biggest brands on the web, as well as passionate individuals—those of us who simply want to express ourselves, share our expertise or insights, and reach an audience of like-minded others.
Six Apart helped empower people and companies to publish. And they did. With amazing content they created valuable publishing properties with massive and engaged audiences—the influential audiences that advertisers want to reach. Over the past several years we have grown another side of our business, Six Apart Media, which has focused on helping publishers turn their passions into businesses and on helping marketers authentically engage these publishers and their audiences.
Today Six Apart announced its intention to join forces with VideoEgg to form a modern media company called SAY Media. The new entity will combine the engagement platform and insights of VideoEgg with our social publishing platform, conversational marketing tools, and robust network of publishers.
SAY Media will be a force—powering more efficient, useful and social advertising programs that tie rich and engaging advertising experiences to online communities with meaningful and measurable results. Good for publishers. Good for advertisers.
We believe SAY Media will become one of the world's most significant modern media companies, while still embracing the same goals we've always had at Six Apart—to empower people to create great content and make money doing it. Soon we'll have the capabilities to do it that much better. When you know more, I think you'll be as excited as we are. Get a glimpse of our future at www.saymedia.com.
Chairman & CEO
Is your company active in social media? Then you’re probably asking yourself where to allocate your budget: to paid media or earned media - or some combination of both. If this is on your mind, we hope you’ll join us at the OMMA Global conference in NYC on September 27th for a panel discussion entitled, Is Your Budget Being Well Spent in Social?
David Tokheim, EVP & GM of Six Apart Media, will weigh in on the discussion, joining panelists from Deep Focus, Catalyst, Bling Media and Rey Interactive. Tokheim will share his insights on how to decide where dollars should be spent and will delve into the role of the media team in a world where not all advertising is paid.
Come, listen, get some advice, and see how to apply this paradigm shift to your own business and budgets. For more information go to: http://www.mediapost.com/events/?/showID/OMMAGlobal.10.NYC
Join us in Las Vegas October 14th-16th for BlogWorld & New Media Expo, the world’s largest New Media event, and take advantage of our special Promotional Code SIXAPART20 to receive a 20% discount!
You’ll learn about content creation, distribution and monetization strategies, as well as step-by-step techniques, and the most productive, bleeding-edge tools—all from the most successful bloggers, social media pros, podcasters and Internet TV and radio broadcasters.
Not to be missed: our own Michael Sippey, Vice President of Corporate Development, will discuss The Future of Blogging Platforms on October 15th 4:00-5:00PM.
For more information: www.BlogWorldExpo.com
Mark Zuckerberg described this as a technology that pulls together all the different social networks to create a web "that is smarter, more social, more personalized and more semantically aware."
As more and more content pours onto the web our ability to efficiently navigate it becomes increasingly important. Facebook’s assertion is that you are going to be more interested in the things your friends, and others you are connected to, are interested in. We think they are bang on.
Blogging is a great networking tool that allows you to build a community around your passion, hobby or business and we’ve been building features to help customers drive community and link it into social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Six Apart's focus on community and social media resulted in Facebook selecting TypePad as an official launch partner for this announcement. Today we released Facebook “Like” to members of our beta team for testing and feedback. We have already seen some great integrations as well as a ton of positive feedback on the Everything TypePad blog.
This move by Facebook brings endless possibilities. We'd love to get your thoughts on how you think it will impact blogging.
As we mentioned recently, Carla Bourque, Six Apart Sales and Biz Dev VP, participated on a panel at OMMA Social here in San Francisco last week. If you missed the event, you can read about it in moderator David Berkowitz’s Social Media Insider column on MediaPost. David asked his panelists to respond in writing to some of the bigger questions that came up during the panel, and the abridged answers are in the MediaPost column, while the extended version is on David's blog, Inside the Marketer’s Studio. Carla offers some valuable insights on some of the conundrums surrounding social media measurement (Full disclosure: David is a Six Apart customer, using TypePad for his popular blog.).
Looking ahead to March, Leah Culver, Six Apart product expert and co-founder of Pownce, will moderate a panel at South by Southwest (SXSW) titled Web Framework Battle Royale. Exact date is tbd. Wear your armor and prepare to be educated and entertained.
For you Django lovers out there, Six Apart New York will host Django Hack Night next Thursday night, February 11, in our offices in the Flatiron district. Bring your project with you and be prepared to show and tell at the end of the evening.
We'll be speaking at several conferences over the coming months, and hope that any customers, partners or friends will be sure to say hello if you are attending any of these. As you will see, a common theme is the value of social publishing to marketers and brands, and the importance of measuring that value. We'll share our experience and knowledge with others who are embarking on social media for the first time or simply trying to understand how to measure it.
First up is Carla Bourque, VP of Strategic Partnerships, who will speak on the topic "Measuring Social Media: How to Connect Metrics to Objectives" at OMMA Social on Tuesday, January 26th at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco.
Next, our GM and EVP of Six Apart Media, David Tokheim, will speak about the role blogs and social publishing play in marketers' social media strategy at The Social Graph Clinic, scheduled for Friday, January 29 at New York University's Stern School.
In April, Richard Rocca, Publisher and VP of Sales, will moderate a panel at OMMA Global entitled Making Social REALLY Work For Your Brand. This event takes place March 17 & 18 in San Francisco.
We'll keep you posted on our sundry speaking plans throughout the year, and we do hope to see you at one or two of them.