Writers’ block? No problem! Introducing AutoMatton

Hassle-free blogging just got even easier.

Here at WordPress.com, we‘re always looking for ways to improve the blogging experience. We pride ourselves on taking your suggestions to heart and work tirelessly to create better tools for you.

Today, we’re releasing a game changer.

As WordPress.com becomes easier to use, one piece of unanswered feedback keeps nagging at us: blogging is hard! Not only do you have to think of something worth saying, you have to take valuable time out of your day to write those things down in an appealing, easy-to-read way! Improvements to WordPress.com can speed up things like load times, but we simply couldn’t remove human nature from the equation… until now.

What is AutoMatton?

AutoMatton uses a simple machine learning algorithm to predict the posts that you will write, taking predictive text and auto-correct to the next level. Think of it as your own private blogging DeLorean traveling at 88mph, but without the need for illegally-obtained plutonium.

AutoMatton analyzes all of the posts that you’ve published, Facebook statuses you’ve liked, Google reviews you’ve left, and emails you’ve sent your mother to produce prose that could have been written by you. Written by future you, that is. Amazing!

Haven’t written much yet? No worries! AutoMatton will fill in any gaps with text randomly pulled from three-year-old Yelp reviews and Wil Wheaton’s Twitter feed to produce full, seamless posts.

I haven’t written anything myself since 2009!

–Matt Mullenweg

How is the content created?

AutoMatton’s job is to figure out the words that you would use given a specific topic to write about. It scours your existing words, fills in the blanks, and checks its own work. Each post AutoMatton writes is compared to your canon of work, old report card grades, everything written by Kurt Vonnegut, and Terms of Service documents from the top 500 most visited websites. AutoMatton then feeds this information back to itself to improve the accuracy of its predictions. It’s like magic.

You can define the approximate word count as well as the number of images that you’d like to use per post. From there, it’s simply a matter of providing a topic and pouring yourself a cup of tea. Or whiskey. Or whiskey with tea.

Once AutoMatton is enabled, you’ll be asked to fill out a short survey and provide some links to your existing social media profiles along with a list of all your living relatives and the password to your Instagram account. From there, just pick a topic for your post and let AutoMatton go to work. In just a moment, it will will generate a title and content and and add your specified number of photos.* All you need to do is click Publish!

*Note: all photos will be kittens. Puppy photos will be available in version 1.1.

I wrote the entirety of Richards IV through VII using AutoMatton!

–William Shakespeare

Never write anything, ever again. To anyone.

Being that our roots are within the open source community, we’ll be opening up this code. We hope to see people build on this work to create automated solutions for any type of writing — we see lots of potential!

Running late and need to tell your partner? Simply press a button and allow AutoMatton to have that conversation for you.

Hey Paul,

Traffic on the 101 is nuts! On top of that, there was only one small piece of pork in the entire bowl, and the rest of it was shredded and dry.

Yes!!! Boba tea FTW!!!

Mark

Need to respond to the email from Aunt Rose from two weeks ago? AutoMatton can tell her all about your new job, without her knowing that it isn’t you. She might even send you a snowglobe from her trip to the Grand Canyon for being so nice.

Dear Aunt Rose,

Hope you’re having fun in Colorado! I hear it’s beautiful, like Applebee’s with a different name. I wanted to tell you that I got that job at Star Trek: The Next Generation! I start on Tuesday.

That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

Andy

They’ll never know it wasn’t really you!

How do I get started?

Simply click the Enable AutoMatton button under Settings → Writing in your site’s dashboard, or click the button below:

Enable AutoMatton with just a few clicks!

Enable AutoMatton with just a few clicks!

Enable AutoMatton

Once enabled, fill out the form to provide the initial data to AutoMatton. AutoMatton will then run in the background generating content by future you.

Please note: WordPress.com is not responsible for the results.

If you use AutoMatton, feelings of frustration or anger may occur, either yours or that of your readers and friends.

Some AutoMatton testers reported dry mouth, fatigue, feelings of helplessness, jealous shinbone syndrome, or an uncontrollable need to laugh during inappropriate situations.

Enable AutoMatton


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  1. لؤيّ

    That was so obvious! We do need some help with writing however😀

    Liked by 8 people

  2. JennG

    Fantastic!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. lola gayle

    OMG! I just got rickrolled!

    Liked by 8 people

  4. irlanderussie

    A good one….

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Edward M. Bury, APR

    As someone who takes writing and the contents of my blog very seriously, I find the concept of a feature like AutoMatton to be ridiculous and appalling. Identifying relevant topics and drafting the post should be work. It shouldn’t be easy. I don’t want an algorithm to suggest what I post. There. I feel better. Full disclosure: This comment was written without the assistance of AutoMatton or any similar tool.

    Liked by 18 people

  6. patsyporco

    Very funny! And, yes, I fell for it.

    Liked by 5 people

  7. Julie the Workaholic

    ^5! Well played…and a rickroll, LMAO!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Prajakta

    Applause!!!!😀

    Like

  9. lameadventures

    Hilarious! I look forward to future me future reading and future commenting on future blogs as present me procrastinates.

    Liked by 19 people

  10. Minwynn

    LOL.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. ReTreeve

    Bugger that! Its bad enough robots taking over the medical world, without them taking the words out of our mouth as well!

    What does rickrolled mean? I assume thats robotic terminology……???

    Liked by 1 person

  12. leesha0304

    LOL. Excellent April Fools for bloggers.🙂

    Liked by 5 people

  13. Daggi Dinkelschnitte

    Yeah! It’s April Fools’ Day…

    Liked by 2 people

  14. graciellen

    Hahahah! I fell for this😦 xx

    Liked by 3 people

  15. Robin

    lol! You almost got me with that one. Well done! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Amanda Beguerie

    That’s hilarious. I totally fell for it.🙂 wow.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. skybudgie9303

    i actually needed that…..

    Like

  18. The Pick Man

    Errr….. What’s the date?

    Like

  19. Hangaku Gozen

    Damn you, WordPress! I want an app like this! 😀

    Liked by 6 people

  20. arcade1775

    that was messed up. q_q

    Like

  21. Cynthia

    Oh dear, I got pranked. You had me going to about a minute. Doh!

    Liked by 2 people

  22. rewa

    Dang it! Why aren’t puppy photos out yet?😛

    Liked by 2 people

  23. A Journey With You

    Hilarious!

    Like

  24. simon7banks

    But some novelists surely are using this already?

    Liked by 8 people

  25. Maggies Mentions

    Good April Fools!

    Liked by 1 person

  26. i8there4irun

    Too funny! And here I was all excited to think I would be having my first non-eventful April Fool’s in a decade! (My 19 year old son just got his own place, and will be terrorizing someone else today)

    Liked by 2 people

  27. lennybrit

    Very nice joke! Oh Oh!! What a mess if it it should be true…

    Liked by 2 people

  28. clickerwriter

    I almost fell for this but when I saw the words “William Shakespeare” and then the date…..I understood it is a prank !!😛

    Liked by 3 people

  29. celiacathlete

    Very very nice, almost got me…Happy April s fool for the team

    Liked by 1 person

  30. edwinasepisodes

    Ha Ha! Guessed it but couldn’t resist pressing the bloody button!

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Sabrina Kirby

    Love it! Think of the possibilities–on April Fool’s and every day!

    Liked by 1 person

  32. ladyfromhamburg

    :-)))

    Like

  33. giffmacshane

    Excellent!

    Liked by 1 person

  34. Rose VA Ph

    Nearly fell for it but then I realized, happy April’s fool!!! =P

    Liked by 1 person

  35. slaterdotcom (@slaterdotcom)

    The new AutoMatton feature in WordPress is super awesome! I have been waiting for something like this for quite a while.
    Thank you Matton!
    I have sold almost all of my assets and worldly possessions including my children’s college funds as well as our medical and emergency accounts and am letting it all ride on your new machine learning tool!

    Basically I have set up a multitude of WordPress sites all based on AutoMatton. Now that everything is in essence “pre-written” I can really make use of all my free time. Using your advanced algorithmic protocols and my extensive online history of wordsmithery the new posts will not be as good as my own manually written posts might have been — they’ll be better!

    I’ll neither read them or write new ones again as I’ll already know what’s in them and I’ve no need to try to out do the machine (which is really just me anyway).

    I’ll be on the beach if you need me! But you won’t need me, will you? No!
    Steven Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates were wrong – this is nirvana.

    Liked by 17 people

  36. wendygoerl

    First I was scratching my head at it. By the end of the article, I remembered the date.

    Liked by 3 people

  37. africanmentor

    Not only did I get Pranked, I forwarded this to my wife to ease her stress and time pressure

    Liked by 4 people

  38. officialgabrielpenn

    This is beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Crooked Tracks

    I prefer to do my own blogging but maybe I can use AutoMatton to finish the novel I’ve been working on for 10 years 😀

    Liked by 6 people

  40. Burkhard

    One of the best today!

    Liked by 1 person

  41. hollycarter184

    Oh my gosh! Love it!!! Thanks for the chuckle!!

    Liked by 1 person

  42. IshiraInagi

    Nice one. I almoust fell for it.😀 So I’ll write my novels also in future by myself.

    Liked by 1 person

  43. CraftyStaci

    I have to admit, I’d love to see what that would actually look like!😉

    Liked by 1 person

  44. http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com

    I read with interest until the point where you mention “emails to your mother”, my blood curdled with rage and I read no further.

    Liked by 2 people

  45. Donavan

    I do not see the Automatton option on my dashboard.

    Like

  46. Brad Grierson

    Most amusing April Fools joke I’ve read all day.

    Liked by 2 people

  47. PK Kratzke

    Even knowing what was up, I just HAD to click “Enable.”
    LOL!

    Liked by 3 people

  48. kramsdell

    So-o funny!

    Liked by 1 person

  49. maristravels

    Happy April Fool’s Day to all at Word\press.

    Liked by 1 person

  50. mishedup

    That was brilliant! good job pig!

    Liked by 3 people

  51. maristravels

    Forgot to add, at least it proves that some of us read all you send!

    Like

  52. colinandray

    It’s April 1st here ………… presume the same there?

    Like

  53. robynmcintyre

    Content I didn’t write but that I own? Sounds like James Patterson

    Liked by 1 person

  54. hullvalley

    Haven’t blogged for weeks. Nearly forgot the date!

    Liked by 1 person

  55. Simple Woman Here

    Nice. Very, very nice.

    Like

  56. seweverythingblog

    But seriously, I would love an app like that…. it would be great if it could generate thoughtful comments, too. Automattically…..

    Like

  57. msmorninglory

    So it WAS an April Fool’s trick! 2g2bt…

    Liked by 1 person

  58. Hordes

    Lol, I was totally convinced, thought “Technology has come so far”, then remembered what day it was😄

    Liked by 2 people

  59. Margie Brizzolari

    You had me going there for about a minute. Then i remembered the date! I had to click the enable button just to see what it did. Why did you choose that song?

    Liked by 3 people

  60. Serins

    Well you almost had me there, telling you what the heck is the point of blogging then… but I forgot it is April Fools… good one.

    Like

  61. grhambley

    When I saw the title I went awwwwwwwwwww FFFFFFFFFFFFART someone has managed to bring frickin’ “AUTOTUNE” to the word world. First paragraph was enough to know it was a joke.

    Liked by 1 person

  62. TC Williamson

    I’ll have to admit, for a moment I was fooled by this post, but then got a big laugh out of it. Once I realized it was an April Fool joke, like others, I couldn’t resist clicking the link that said to enable. That sort of curiosity has gotten me into trouble before…

    Liked by 2 people

  63. Ellen Hawley

    It wouldn’t be April Fool’s Day today, would it?

    Liked by 1 person

  64. dionnesexpression

    I’m sooooo glad this is not real! LOL I was so confused!!! I clicked on the ‘Comment’ button to come and gripe about taking away the authentic “voice” of the artist, and technology going too far, and blah, blah, blah…then I noticed all the other comments, and remembered the date (I hate this date for that reason. Lol). Good one!

    Liked by 3 people

  65. Anonymous Aesop

    I don’t have this option.. Is this only for the users who’s paying their blog site?

    Liked by 2 people

  66. Anonymous Aesop

    Awww… I got fooled tooo!!!!!! I just read your comments…😄

    Like

  67. Shawn

    The Rick rolling was a nice touch.

    Liked by 1 person

  68. suzanmcmann

    Took me – up until I started googling “Is AutoMatton a real thing?” Seemed very scary and yet very intriguing… Kudos.

    Liked by 2 people

  69. CherieSheree

    This made me laugh, almost as much as the article in ‘The Guardian’ about Jeremy Clarkson.

    Liked by 2 people

  70. Beau Lebens

    Double. Whammy.

    Liked by 3 people

  71. hbusse

    Um…good one? Because it’s SO believable, plausible, and valuable.

    But it was fun to read. Tee hee. I want the puppies version to be developed before I sign up😉.

    Liked by 1 person

  72. Chris Erbeck

    I’m new at this, you almost had me fooled.

    Liked by 1 person

  73. TermiteWriter

    After the Smashwords foolery this morning, this didn’t fool me at all!

    Liked by 1 person

  74. Karen Woods -In Writing

    Does that make me the AutoMatton for my clients? They think of something they need written and it appears before their very eyes!

    Liked by 2 people

  75. getmepampered

    From the moment I read this I knew it was an April fools joke! Good creative thinking though! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  76. photo1136

    Couldnt…resist…had to…press…the button!!!!

    Liked by 3 people

  77. Andrea R Huelsenbeck

    I was halfway through this article and feeling absolutely horrified before I remembered today’s date. Good one. You had me.

    Liked by 2 people

  78. Randall A. Golden

    But I need this to be real! I’m tired of manually padding my posts with Yelp reviews and Wil Wheaton tweets!

    Liked by 5 people

  79. Calendar Girl

    Please clarify if it will incorporate new fancy words I’ve learned from FaceBook statuses I liked. I would appreciate my future self to look smarter day by day, because personal growth

    Liked by 2 people

  80. kristinalovessunshine

    What an incredible concept. I don’t think we’re too far off though. Seems like gadgets are taking over…I was tempted to try the links and see… Good one!

    Liked by 1 person

  81. Jean Reinhardt

    Good one. Glad I remembered it’s April 1st.

    Like

  82. cricketmuse

    Nice April’s Fool!

    Liked by 2 people

  83. macbofisbil

    I actually thought this was real!

    Liked by 1 person

  84. alphabetstory

    Very funny—but I must admit ;if you could ever get thing to actually work, I’d be the first to sign up.

    Liked by 2 people

  85. julio91233

    I agree. Nice April Fool’s Day!

    Liked by 1 person

  86. edremsrola

    I was hoping that the joke was going to be what AutoMatton would write once we enabled it in our site settings. Sadly, no button to push there. Fun prank though.

    Liked by 1 person

  87. Joanne

    You got me too! Good one!

    Liked by 2 people

  88. ChrisHookerOnline

    OK, you got me beautifully.

    Liked by 2 people

  89. rumjam

    Not so far away from April the 1st as we’d like to think sadly.

    Liked by 1 person

  90. Sensitive and Extraordinary Kids

    The only thing funnier than this prank is the music video. Wow!

    Liked by 1 person

  91. byronfriday

    This tool sounds amazing.

    Liked by 1 person

  92. kanzensakura

    As if we don’t think enough on our own?

    Like

  93. byronfriday

    I bought it hook line and sinker hahah!

    Like

  94. kanzensakura

    Okay…..so kick me. Excellent prank….. 🙂

    Like

  95. James Gielow

    Hahahha, I just spit up on my smart phone. You’re paying for that by the way! I have in the past sent texts that were full paragraphs of autocorrect suggestions just to mess with my girlfriend. Let’s try one here shall we?

    “I have a sneaking suspicion that you don’t have to speak with you and get some comments going to help people that are just starting out in the yard and I will be there for a few days they can watch themselves. The water was calm and gorgeous and I will be there for a few days. The healthy rains have caused a mass influx of weeds throughout the world to see.”

    That was way cleaner than what I sent to my girlfriend. Probably for the best. Great satire my man!

    Liked by 3 people

  96. happyhomemaker88

    I’ve been pranked! Lol!😀

    Liked by 1 person

  97. t.keeleyleclaire

    This is really obvious but hilarious.

    Liked by 2 people

  98. storiesfrommystomach

    So the app ain’t real?! Haha great job!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  99. MacJoyful

    Computer geeks would not be so easily fooled.

    Liked by 1 person

  100. Collector

    Nice joke.

    Liked by 2 people

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