Daily Journaling App Day One Acquired by Wordpress.com Owner Automattic

Popular iOS and Mac-based journaling app Day One has been acquired by Automattic, a company best known for running WordPress.com. News of the acquisition was announced today on the Day One blog.

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The Day One app will continue to be run separately, and Day One founder Paul Mayne will continue to lead the Day One team. Day One will be updated in the future with integrations with WordPress.com and Tumblr, but will otherwise remain largely the same.

When a small software company is acquired by a larger company, the original team is often swallowed up by the larger company. That's not the case here. I'll be remaining at the helm of Day One, leading the same passionate team that has been responsible for the development and design behind the app today. This means that the Day One you rely on to save your thoughts, photos, videos, audio recordings, and more isn't going away. Instead, it'll only get better, with future integrations with Tumblr and WordPress.com. Rest assured there are no current plans to change the privacy of Day One; safely protecting memories and creating a 100% personal space is the foundation upon which this company was built.

Day One's privacy policies will remain in place, as will all of the app features for recording thoughts, photos, videos, and more. Day One offers cross-platform compatibility, end-to-end encryption, and Markdown support, and it's long been a key app on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Day One is free to use, but there is a premium membership that adds unlimited photos and videos, plus audio recordings. Day One Premium is priced at $3.99 per month and the app can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Top Rated Comments

farewelwilliams Avatar
15 months ago
great app ruined by a subscription model.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yaxomoxay Avatar
15 months ago

with future integrations with Tumblr and WordPress.com
Am I the only one that doesn't understand what's Tumblr's reason to exist?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BigMcGuire Avatar
15 months ago
As someone who only uses Day One, not sure what to think about this other than Day One is an app I've used for many many many years. I don't like the idea of my data (encrypted or not) being on yet another cloud service... but Day One has done it really well. I've got 2,554 entries, 3,177 photos, 19 videos, etc... About 7GB+. I can't wait for the day they integrate Photos app into Day One so I don't have to duplicate photos...

While I don't use Wordpress - the part that makes it so I don't worry is that Paul will continue to run the company (for now) with the staff.

Great app! I can't say enough good about it. I've used this every day for years and years. Works beautifully. Love reading entries in X years prior on the day I'm doing my entry. Finding data is easy as well.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
z3an Avatar
15 months ago

Ah yes, the usual routine of “Whoa, sounds cool. How much does it—oh, subware? Forget about it then.”

Nope. Won’t reward that crap.
By "that crap" you mean creating, maintaining, supporting, and releasing new features for a great product?

Yeah, who would support such a thing??
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Keebler Avatar
15 months ago

I have been paying for and using Day One since my daughter passed away 2 years ago. I havent missed an entry all this time. I really need this app and I really hope nothing changes.
My heart goes out to your and I’m glad the app helps you.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
15 months ago

All the people complaining here about <x> thousand of entries and how they're in a panic over this, all I can say is, have you ever considered a physical journal? I would never in a million years depend on an app to record years/lifetime of memories. Companies get bought, go out of business, etc. What about a giant power failure? What if a comet hits and the power is out for 5 years? Things happen, you know.

I'm sorry but I just have no sympathy, and that's why I would never use one of these journaling apps. Aside from the privacy factor (you really think any company actually abides by their privacy policies?) I can't imagine entrusting all my 'memories' to an app.

I get that there are limitations to a physical journal. But, try it - and maybe scan that and store it digitally outside the home, somehow. Or upload your photos/videos to a separate cloud storage service. I honestly cannot fathom taking the risk of 2000, 3000 journal entries entrusted to an app developer.
1) You can't secure a physical journal like you can digital
2) It is not always practical to take a physical journal everywhere
3) You can' t readily attach diagrams and pictures to the physical journal
4) Making a duplicate of your physical journal to keep in a safe place in case the main one gets lost or damaged is not alway practical or possible, whereas with digital, one can create numerous copies to store in several places at home as well as the cloud in case of fire or theft.

I could list many more reasons but, I made my point.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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