[Ed. note: VentureBeat uses WordPress as its content management system.]
WordPressâ€™ parent company Automattic bought content sharing technology startup Cloudup today. The companyâ€™s technology will eventually help WordPress with a number of new features including collaborative editing.
Cloudup is still in beta, which means it isnâ€™t available to the public yet. Its technology is focused on helping you share videos, images, music, links, and documents in an easy, drag-and-drop type environment. It also lets you share videos live with your audience while theyâ€™re still uploading with continuous sync. Due to WordPressâ€™ obvious interest in improving content creation and sharing, the companies decided to do a deal.
Terms of the acquisition have not been released. Automattic will keep Cloudup in beta phase and is accepting an extra 5,000 beta users on the companyâ€™s website.
WordPress explained that it will be able to use Cloudupâ€™s technology to create a hugely desired element of WordPress blog creation: collaborative editing. That is to say, two or more people can be working on the same post at the same time. Think of how Google docs works. This will be a huge improvement for blogs with multiple owners.
Currently, if you want to edit another personâ€™s blog post and they are already in it, you are served a warning of their presence and the option to â€œtake overâ€ their post or simply preview it. However, if you enter a personâ€™s post without them knowing, you could override their work.
WordPress says thereâ€™s more where that came from in a blog post on the topic and that there are â€œbig ideasâ€ in the works.