Robert Scoble interviewed Matt Mullenweg at Big Omaha in May of 2010. The recorded video of the interview just went up (also embedded below), and we were able to pull a couple of gems. The quote from the headline came from this back and forth:
Scoble: Some of the UI that’s changing about blogs is these toolbars that I’m seeing. I just put one on my blog that has Twitter and Google Buzz and Facebook on the bottom on my blog. What’s your opinion on those?
Pre-bearded Mullenweg: I think they’re kind of like the mullet of websites. [laughter] I don’t like them. [laughter]
Scoble: I’m keeping mine anyway.
Pre-bearded Mullenweg: I understand.
Jump to around 13:40 in the video embedded below for that funny bit.
The conversation then turned to social website integration into websites, where Mullenweg explained “the thin line” walked over at WordPress.com, where instead of adding Facebook “Like” and Digg buttons when users ask for them, they instead ask “Will people be asking for this in three to five years?”. He said they then typically wait for the “fad” to pass, pointing out that users don’t ask for Digg buttons any more.
Regarding traffic from social sources, Mullenweg commented that more WordPress.com users send their posts to Twitter over Facebook, and that most incoming traffic to WordPress.com comes from Twitter as well.
The interview is only about thirty minutes long, and a number of the questions came from Twitter and Google Buzz, through Scoble’s iPad. What questions would you ask in an interview with Matt Mullenweg?
Oh, and who out there has worn a website mullet, as they will now be known? Go on, fess up in the comments!