Haiku Contest for National Poetry Month (#npm)

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Community

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To celebrate National Poetry Month (#npm), Wattpad is hosting a haiku contest. Haikus are an easy way to dabble in poetry and explore a new form of the written word.

What’s a ‘Haiku’?

Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry. A haiku consists of maximum 17 syllables (or beats), divided into three lines of 5, then 7, then 5 syllables. So, your first line is 5 syllables, second line 7 syllables and your last line 5 syllables.

Here’s an example:

apples are produce
unless they drop on your head -
then they are pondered.

by Warrior_Prophet (http://www.wattpad.com/1174528)

What do I write about?

The theme for this contest is open to your imagination, so feel free to be as creative as you like. We welcome both original haikus and haikus about celebrities or fictional characters.

How to submit

To participate, post your haiku in the comments on our News & Updates story, or submit your entry through Twitter. On Twitter, be sure to tag your submission with @wattpad, #haiku, and #npm. The deadline for submissions is Monday April 21st.

Dates & Judges

The contest will run for one week, starting today and ending Monday April 21st. The Wattpad Team will choose three of our favorite haikus, and we will announce the winners on Friday April 25th.

Enter Now!

Introducing the App Notification Center

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Product

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Whether you are a reader or a writer, you want to know the moment something happens around a story you are following. Wattpad’s new iOS and Android update gives you more detailed notifications about stories.

Notifications will let you know when someone comments or votes on one of your stories, or when they add it to a reading list. Now you can see which Wattpadders are fans of your work, and you can connect with them directly. The Notification Center will also let you know when writers have added new Chapters to the stories you’re reading.

The Notification Center makes it easier to use and keep track of the stories you already love on Wattpad. 

The International Language of Storytelling

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Community, International

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Right now, Wattpad is available in over 50 languages and around 63% of our registered users are located outside of North America. However, 77% of our content is written in English. To help make these English stories available to a larger part of the community, a number of Wattpadders are volunteering their time to translate stories. (more…)

Important: Change your Wattpad password immediately (Heartbleed)

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

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This week a widespread security vulnerability known as “Heartbleed” was discovered in a commonly used piece of web technology called SSL. This vulnerability could allow someone to capture your confidential user information. We strongly recommend that you change your Wattpad password immediately.

For information about how to change your password on Wattpad, read How do I change my password.

While Wattpad has taken steps to address the vulnerability, this issue impacts many popular websites.  We suggest that you change your passwords on these other sites as well.

Posting a New Chapter of the Wattpad Story: Swing for the Fence

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in HQ, News & Updates

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The following blog post is from Allen Lau, Wattpad’s co-founder and CEO, who has some great news to share.

Today I am super excited to announce a new round of funding for Wattpad, totalling $46 million.  The round was led by OMERS Ventures, and we are excited to welcome new investors August Capital, Raine Ventures, and Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund.  All existing investors also participated in this round in a big way. We’re glad to continue to have the support of Union Square Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Jerry Yang of AME Cloud Ventures, Golden Venture Partners, and Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures.

At Wattpad we want to build a billion user community that connects people through reading and writing. We want to give people from every corner of the world free access to this community from the devices they already own. No matter what language you speak, we want you to find a story you want to read on Wattpad. This latest investment will allow Wattpad to realize this vision even faster.

We’ll use this latest round of funding to support product development and community growth. There are 25 million registered Wattpadders, and millions more join the community every month. Collectively, these people spend more than 6 billion minutes, monthly, on Wattpad, and we want to give them an amazing reading and writing experience. Together with our readers and writers, we will change the world in a positive way.

We will continue to expand our team in Toronto.  In a few weeks we’ll move to a new downtown office space that will better accommodate our rapid growth.  Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world and is home to some of the best technical talent. I have lived and worked in numerous places in the world, and out of all those places, I know that Toronto is clearly the best place to build Wattpad into one of the world’s largest consumer Internet companies.

In Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, baseball legend Babe Ruth made a pointing gesture to the center field bleachers during his at-bat. It was a declaration that he would hit a home run to this part of the park. On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to center field, which helped the Yankees to win the game and, eventually, the World Series.

With this round of financing, the Wattpad team is now stepping up to the plate.  We have some very ambitious goals, but we know exactly what we’re going to do to accomplish them:

We’re swinging for the fence.

I can’t wait to show you what the next chapter of the Wattpad story has in store.

- Allen Lau
Wattpad CEO and Co-Founder

P.S. To hear the real story behind this funding round, I’d like to suggest the Wattpad story September Capital. It was written by David Hornik, one of the partners from August Capital. The story is about an entrepreneur named Len Au who pitched to September Capital’s partner Tripp Skip Jones and his team. According to a credible source, this is a fictional version of a real story. You can see from the story that David is a great writer, and I hope he posts the next chapter soon!

Congratulations to Shorty Awards Finalists

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

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We want to give a big shout out to four Wattpad writers who are finalists in the 6th annual Shorty Awards for Social Media’s Best Author. If you check the list of finalists, you’ll find that more than half of them are Wattpad writers.

Congratulations to Estelle Maskame (@mackenzierivers), Doeneseya (@doeneseya), Anna Todd (@imaginator1d), and of course, Margaret Atwood (@MargaretAtwood). We’re happy to celebrate the amazing things our writers are achieving with the help of social media, both on Wattpad and beyond.

The Shorty Awards are proof that writers can use the power of Wattpad to reach a global audience and impact readers all over the word. Let’s all give them a hearty round of applause, and be sure to check out their stories on Wattpad in our reading list, Shorty Awards Finalists.

Wattpad Pivots to a Digital Dating App

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Product

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Wattpad has decided that it’s time to move away from social reading and writing, into the world of digital dating. If you’d rather hook up with a book than a boy on Friday night, Wattpad is now ‘shipping its library of over 40 million stories with the Story Hookup App.

“It’s a no-brainer transition for Wattpad. People already judge a book by its cover, so we’re really just optimizing for that experience,” says Tarun Sachdeva, Head of Product at Wattpad.

The Story Hookup App works like popular dating apps. It shows you a randomly selected story cover. You rate each cover as “Hot” or “Not” and influence which story covers make it into the top 10 Hot List. If you find a cover that you really love, click on the cover and take the story on a reading date.

“We think that there is a big opportunity here to compete with other dating apps,” says Allen Lau Co-Founder of Wattpad “A Story Hookup provides a Friday night date that won’t arrive late, won’t forget to call, and, best of all, it’s free so no one has to foot the bill for dinner!”

- April 1, 2014

How Wattpad Works: A Beginners Guide

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Community

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We want to help newcomers get the most out of Wattpad. To get people started, we’ve created a new guide for beginners. How Wattpad Works features sections on Reading, Social, Writing, and Fun Facts and includes links to our content guidelines and terms of service. Inside you’ll find an overview of all that Wattpad has to offer, including reading lists, quote art, the advantages of episodic storytelling, and new ways to interact with your favorite writers and readers. You’ll also find advice from some of our top writers, whose stories have garnered millions of reads on Wattpad.

Like any Wattpad writer, we want your feedback. We’re encouraging members of our helpful community to leave tips for new Wattpadders in the comments on this story. What do they need to know to make the most of their experience?

Hello, Pilipinas! – Wattpad partners with Summit Media

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in International

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Wattpad has just entered into a partnership with Summit Media, one of the Philippines’ leading book publishers. A very large portion of the Wattpad community calls the Philippines home, and with this partnership, Summit Media’s Pop Fiction imprint becomes Wattpad’s preferred publishing partner in the Philippines.

“We are very excited about this partnership because it will help us identify possible break-out works more quickly and will help us market the books to Wattpad’s huge following,” says Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Summit Media President.

Pop Fiction and Wattpad will work closely together to develop and market books from the stories that are most-loved by millions of Filipino Wattpadders.

“Wattpad wants to connect the world through stories. Summit Media’s far-reaching distribution channels will connect popular Wattpad writers with even more readers around the country, and the world,” said Allen Lau, Wattpad CEO and co-founder.

The two companies will begin their partnership by naming ten new writers in May that will be published within the year.

The Wattpad Prize is coming

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Community

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Introducing Wattpad’s very first juried writing contest: The Wattpad Prize. This April we are doing something completely different: we will ask a jury of Wattpadders to help us recognize original works of fiction and non-fiction. Winning stories will be chosen by theme, rather than by category or genre, and the jury will be made up of experienced readers and writers who are active in the Wattpad community.

Check back on April 2nd for full details.

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