A Big Thank You to Wattpad Ambassadors

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Community, Uncategorized

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Today we’re celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Wattpad Ambassador program, which brings together active Wattpadders to support and engage with the greater community. We are very proud of the work that Wattpad Ambassadors take on: from answering questions and guiding new Wattpadders, to representing the greater Wattpad community and their concerns to all of us at HQ.

Please join us in giving thanks to and showing our appreciation to the Ambassadors who support and engage with the vibrant Wattpad community and Wattpad Team.

For some interesting facts about the Ambassador Program, see our newest chapter in Wattpad News & Updates.

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How we’re helping Wattpad writers

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in News & Updates

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Wattpad is home to tens of millions of stories, and each of these stories is the product of countless hours of work, sweat, and effort. We work to enable the passion for storytelling of millions of writers around the world, and we’re looking to do even more to support this writing community with the introduction of new tools for writers. To that end, we’re making it simpler for readers to financially support the writers they love.

One way to accomplish this is through adding enriching, paid content to Wattpad. We’re pursuing this kind of content as an early experiment intended to improve the experience for readers and writers alike. Where we introduce paid content, it will add new dimensions to existing free stories through bonus chapters, different points of view, or full stories that expand the original narrative.

For Wattpad readers, this paid content will take the form of optional extras added to your Wattpad reading experience. Wattpad was built free and will remain that way. The app will always be free, and there will always be a wealth of stories to read for free.

If you have any further questions, please visit http://www.wattpad.com/help.

Wattpadders at the 2014 Istanbul International Book Fair

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Community, International

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Wattpad is an international platform with millions of members around the world, and the Turkish community is one of the most active on Wattpad. Hundreds of Turkish Wattpadders attended this year’s Istanbul International Book Fair to meet up with one another and to support their favorite Wattpad writers. Turkish Wattpad Ambassadors had the chance to speak with some of these attendees and ask them what they thought about Wattpad.

Wattpad dünyanın dört bir yanından milyonlarca üyesi olan uluslararası bir platform. Türk Topluluğu Wattpad’teki en aktif topluluklarından biri. Bu yıl, yüzlerce Türk Wattpadçi favori Wattpad yazarları desteklemek için İstanbul Uluslararası Kitap Fuarındaydı. Türk Wattpad Elçileri fuara katılan Wattpadçilere Wattpad hakkında ne düşündüklerini sordular.

Dan Brown joins Wattpad

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Content, Partnerships

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We’d like to welcome Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, to Wattpad. Not only has Dan shared a new story about how he started writing, he is also posting parts from The Da Vinci Code on Wattpad. If you’ve never read Da Vinci Code, this is the perfect chance to catch up. However, even if you have read the book, Dan has added a little something special for this Wattpad release: a special Caesar Box code for Wattpadders to crack. A new clue will be posted at the end of every chapter, and the solution will reveal a secret about The Da Vinci Code. Read it now to get your first clue!

A new My Works

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in News & Updates, Product, Support

Writers are important to Wattpad, and we are always looking for new ways to make it easier for them to share their stories. Today we’re announcing a new design for My Works that gives more information about how your stories are doing while also simplifying the organization of your stories.

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Wattpad & Internet.org: Bringing reading to the world

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in International, Partnerships

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One of the coolest parts of working at Wattpad is hearing about how reading can change the lives of Wattpadders. We often hear about Wattpadders rediscovering a lost love for reading when they find the right kind of story on Wattpad. The experiences that move us most are the ones about people turning to Wattpad in parts of the world where books are either hard to find or too expensive to afford.

CEO and Co-Founder Allen Lau recalls a letter he once received from a man in a village in Africa. The village had no library, no school, no landline, and no books. What people in that village did have, however, were mobile phones. The letter was sent to say thank you – Wattpad made it possible for them to read and share stories.

These stories are what made us jump at the opportunity to partner with Internet.org, a Facebook-led coalition that is making the benefits of the internet more accessible and affordable to more people around the world. As part of this initiative, Wattpad is proud to be sharing a collection of classic and public domain books via Facebook’s Internet.org app, which will be available to Airtel subscribers in Kenya later this week.

Facebook’s Internet.org app offers free basic services including health, education, finance, jobs, communication, local information, and books.

 

Celebrating 8 years of Wattpad

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in HQ

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Eight years ago, Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen met in the food court of the Vancouver airport and shared an idea that would grow into a community of 38 million people dedicated to reading, writing, and sharing stories (read the full story of how it all started on Wattpad).

Today is Wattpad’s 8th birthday, and we couldn’t be happier about having spent the last 8 years helping the world to share its stories. From all of us here at Wattpad HQ in Toronto, we’d like to thank all of you for having made the last 8 years so special.

However, the Wattpad Team is just the smallest part of what makes this community. If we took a proper picture of the Wattpad community, it would include all of you as well. Until we find a practical way to take a photo of 38 million people, we’re hoping you can give us a hand.

Help us complete our team photo by sharing a selfie on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hastag #iamwattpad and telling us what Wattpad means to you. We’ll use the photos you share to compile a mosaic of Wattpadder photos, and we’ll share it with the community.

Have a Spooky Halloween!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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It’s that time of year when we celebrate All Hallow’s Eve, a time when things go bump in the night, and everything gets spooky, creepy, and dark. So, Wattpad would love you to join in the celebration by taking a picture of your carved pumpkins, yourselves in costume, or your spooky quotes from your stories, and post them online with the tag #wattspooks.

You can also use the tag on your story so that others can find your spooky stories on Wattpad by searching for the tag #wattspooks in the Discover bar. You can also check out our Scary Stories reading list.

And here is our own #wattspooks contribution, straight from Wattpad HQ:

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Take the Pledge – #JustWriteIt begins!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Community

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The time has come to take the pledge—to accept the ultimate writing challenge of creating a 50,000 word story in 30 days as part of Wattpad’s #JustWriteIt challenge.

We’re thrilled to launch this challenge, and we encourage all of you head over to the official #JustWriteIt site to take the pledge. By taking the pledge, you’ll be signed up to receive weekly #JustWriteIt newsletters that will share inspiration and tips from writers across Wattpad. We’ll have a different writing tip video for each day of November. However, if you’re eager to get started on your own story right now, we’ve given you a sneak peek at the first three videos.

Once you’ve taken the pledge, all that’s left to do is to START WRITING, and be sure to tag your story with #JustWriteIt so we can all share in your progress.

#JustWriteIt: A 30 Day Writing Challenge

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Next week we will be kicking off #JustWriteIt, a 30 day writing challenge that will launch on Saturday November 1st, 2014.

This challenge is in support of initiatives like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which encourages people who might not think of themselves as writers to try their hand at writing a novel-length story. For #JustWriteIt, we’ll be challenging Wattpadders to pledge to write a 50,000-word story by the end of November. Since this is no easy feat, we’ll be helping you along the way by sharing writing tips from popular writers on Wattpad in daily videos and story updates.

Keep your eyes on this space for more information and the first videos next week, and get ready to take the pledge!

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