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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]

Article Link: Daily Journaling App Day One Acquired by Wordpress.com Owner Automattic
 
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Fantastic app I use it all the time. And I also use Wordpress to manage my websites. All around good news.
 
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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.
 
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ignatius345

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Speaking of Automattic here, just a quick plug for Simplenote. It's been a solid performer for years on Mac and iOS. I switched over to Notes some time ago, but Simplenote has a place in my heart.

It also has a stealth feature: you can pick any note and quickly generate a public link for it accessible by anyone on the web. Can also do that with a shared note.
 

adamjackson

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I used Day One for a while. I would have liked to see them pivot into a life-logging service as an on-device life-log that respects my privacy and gives me 'moments' across the web and not require I journal inside of Day One.

What I mean is take the best photos from iCloud photos, FourSquare (swarm) check ins, GPS traces from my motorcycle app, airline ticket and hotel ticket receipts, location logs, messages from friends with photos or remarks sort of bundle everything I do digitally and re-create something like Feltron Annual report - http://feltron.com/FAR14.html

I LOVE these reports. They're gorgeous. If Day One could connect to every single service out there and create these on a weekly or annual basis and give me a printed copy, I'd pay good money. I have social media posts to Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, geo-tagged images, Wordpress blog posts all going back to 1999 (or when each social network started) and I would seriously pay a LOT of money to have that published to go into my book shelf.

Day One could have been that service.
 
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asterizk

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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.

Not quite the power user you are (612 entries/513 photos/56 tags since 2014), but have to agree with you on every point here. It's a solid app, and the fact that it will be run by the same guy post-acquisition makes me feel better. I think of it as my personal Facebook that doesn't need to sell my data to survive, so I'm quite happy to pay the subscription fee.

I do have a blog, and it's run using Wordpress (and before that, Moveable Type), so, that's interesting, though, I will say to-date I haven't really had the urge to post anything from DayOne to it. But maybe eventually the DayOne app can replace the Wordpress iOS app, which is really terrible.
 

michaeldpotter

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DayOne used to have this back years ago, it was called DayOne Publish and you could publish entries to a site and then direct people to those URLs. Not sure why it never came back.
Yup! I believe their reasoning at the time was that they wanted to focus on being a journaling app, and not a web publishing app. Perhaps that will change with this acquisition. 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

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Congrats to the D1-Team, with almost 11.000 journal entries dating back to 2010 I hope that the App will stay alive, independent, safe and developes in the right direction. Always a bit frightening when a subscription app needs an acquisition to survive. Despite some glitches and ideas that never quite panned out like the printed journals or online-publishing, the core app is the finest digital journaling app there is.
 

matrix07

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great app ruined by a subscription model.
Yeah.. used to be perfect app for me, then they discard iCloud sync and charge subscription. Stop using it years ago.
It's the first app for me that show case how great iCloud sync can be. Installed it on my Mac and I don't have to do anything. All my entries appear right there. Nice Mac app must admit.
 

farewelwilliams

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They do have a free tier. I for one don't mind paying the subscription fee, especially since they seem to keep adding features and enhancements to the product. Hopefully that continues after this acquisition.
syncing is an essential feature which makes free tier pointless IMO.

i don't mind paying $36 or even $70 for this software every year. this app is really well done. but i'm already juggling 50+ subscriptions and prefer to pay for software on my own time. this is especially true for apps that can totally use Apple's CloudKit instead of paying for their own servers (this also applies to Bear notes).
 

AppleInLVX

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And, the day I dreaded is finally here. You know, I know this is how technology and companies move. I get it. Still, it's so disappointing. I have over 4000 entries in Day One, and my writing streak is 3124 days. I use the **** out of this software. But for all the fine talk about a "lifetime app" it's really not. Things change, and if this doesn't fundamentally change the app, something that will is bound to happen sooner or later.

Just tell me my data will still remain encrypted and not shared with anyone.

Aside from that, I guess I'll start to consider other options, of which there are few.

Really, really, disappointed. It was a lovely decade of writing.
 

matrix07

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And, the day I dreaded is finally here. You know, I know this is how technology and companies move. I get it. Still, it's so disappointing. I have over 4000 entries in Day One, and my writing streak is 3124 days. I use the **** out of this software. But for all the fine talk about a "lifetime app" it's really not. Things change, and if this doesn't fundamentally change the app, something that will is bound to happen sooner or later.

Just tell me my data will still remain encrypted and not shared with anyone.

Aside from that, I guess I'll start to consider other options, of which there are few.

Really, really, disappointed. It was a lovely decade of writing.
Now I'm journalling on Notes. It's not perfect and it's not pretty but it will be with me as long as I use iPhone. Apple should make a journaling app (iPad is a perfect platform for journalling - with or without Pencil), but then again they might get sued for it.
 
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Apple_Robert

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In the middle of several books.
Now I'm journalling on Notes. It's not perfect and it's not pretty but it will be with me as long as I use iPhone.
Take a look at Agenda. Great writing app with no sub. You pay for any new updates you want.

 

z3an

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And, the day I dreaded is finally here. You know, I know this is how technology and companies move. I get it. Still, it's so disappointing. I have over 4000 entries in Day One, and my writing streak is 3124 days. I use the **** out of this software. But for all the fine talk about a "lifetime app" it's really not. Things change, and if this doesn't fundamentally change the app, something that will is bound to happen sooner or later.

Just tell me my data will still remain encrypted and not shared with anyone.

Aside from that, I guess I'll start to consider other options, of which there are few.

Really, really, disappointed. It was a lovely decade of writing.
My streak is only 200 days but I'm hoping for 3000 more if this acquisition doesn't ruin an excellent product.
 
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