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TWiki-5.1 Release Advocacy


TWiki-5.1.4 Release

PR Activity

Date Website By Status
2013-02-18 SourceForge (link) PTh Done
2013-02-18 WikiMatrix (link) PTh Done
2013-02-18 LinkedIn (link) PTh Done
2013-02-18 Freecode.com (link) PTh Done

TWiki-5.1.3 Release

PR Activity

Date Website By Status
2012-12-17 SourceForge (link) PTh Done
2012-12-17 WikiMatrix (link) PTh Done
2012-12-17 LinkedIn (link) PTh Done
2012-12-17 Freecode.com (link) PTh Done

TWiki-5.1.2 Release

PR Activity

Date Website By Status
2012-10-10 Freecode.com (link) PTh Done
2012-10-10 PRLog (link, payed $49 for premium listing) PTh Done
2012-10-10 SourceForge (link) PTh Done
2012-10-10 WikiMatrix (link) PTh Done
2012-10-10 pr-inside.com (link) PTh Done
2012-10-10 NewswireTODAY (link) PTh Done
2012-10-10 ThomasNet PTh Done
2012-10-10 Download Junction PTh Done


  • GigaOM
  • ZDNet, Dion Hinchcliffe
  • WebWorker Daily, Judi Sohn
  • BetaNews.com
  • Apache Week
  • Associated Press
  • Byte & Switch
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • CNET
  • Computer Business Review
  • Converge
  • CRN
  • Doppell
  • ElectricNews.net
  • Handelsblatt
  • eWeek
  • Information Advisor
  • InfoWorld
  • IT360░
  • IT Week
  • Linux-Magazin, Germany
  • Linux-Magazine
  • Linux Journal
  • Microscope
  • Network Computing
  • Network World
  • Networking Pipeline
  • NewsForge
  • NY Times
  • O'Reilly Media
  • Reuters
  • Salon.com
  • Seattle Times
  • Slashdot
  • Tech Target
  • Telecom Trends
  • Techworld
  • TheWHIR.com
  • VentureBeat
  • Wired Magazine
  • Perl News: http://perlnews.org/2012/10/twiki-5-1-2-released/


  • Rob Hof
  • Robert Scoble
  • Dan Woods, Forbes
  • Tom Foremski, Silicon Valley Watcher
  • Christopher Taylor Lynn, Social TNT
  • Benedict Herold, TechCorner
  • Dirk Riehle
  • Jeremy Geelan
  • Kara Swisher, All Things Digital
  • Kristen Nicole
  • Vincent Lauria
  • Ward Cunningham
  • David Carr
  • Gabor Szabo, Perl Weekly
  • Leo Lapworth, http://perlsphere.net/
  • Andy Lester, Perl Buzz
  • Peter O'Kelly
  • Guy Martin, Redhat
  • David Perry


  • Altimeter Group
  • Ashton Metzler
  • Gartner
  • NetForecast
  • Quocirca
  • Taneja Group
  • Wainhouse Research
  • Yankee Group

Press Release


TWiki-5.1.0 Planned Actions

  • 2011-08-20: Release TWiki-5.1.0 - George, PTh - DONE
  • 2010-08-22: Announce to twiki-dev - PTh - DONE
  • 2010-08-27: Create press release - PTh - DONE TWikiPressRelease05x01
  • 2010-08-28: Create blog post - PTh - DONE BlogEntry201108x1
  • 2010-08-29: Send press release to journalists, bloggers, analysts - PTh, Sheela, others - DONE
  • 2011-08-29: Announce at websites - PTh
  • 2010-08-29: Announce to twiki-announce - PTh
  • 2010-08-29: Social media activities - PTh, Sheela, others

TWiki 5.1.0 Announce Press Release

NOTE: To be released on or after 2011-08-29


TWiki.org Announces TWiki-5.1 General Availability


New release for enterprise collaboration with primary focus on usability for non-technical users.

TWiki's user base consists of millions of users on 50,000 installations in over 130 countries, backed by an open source community of hundreds of contributors and 50,000 twiki.org users.

Press Release

Sunnyvale, Calif. (August 29, 2011) - Twiki Inc, a world leading provider of enterprise collaboration, social networking and wiki application development platform, today announced the general availability of TWiki-5.1 Community Release, with primary focus on usability enhancements, such as point and click user data management, more visual user profile pages with picture selector, and a backup feature that helps upgrade TWiki sites. The new release also strengthens TWiki as an application platform to more easily build custom wiki applications.

TWiki-5.1 Community Edition is available at http://twiki.org/. Visit http://www.twiki.net/ to sign up for a free trial of Twiki Workspaces, an Enterprise 2.0 suite of applications that include project management, task tracking, team dashboards, Enterprise Social Networking and more.

TWiki.org Community

TWiki.org is an open source community consisting of hundreds of contributors and 50,000 users. The TWiki.org open source development model invites the download and inspection by developers, users and partners, producing a higher quality product than possible in proprietary development environments. TWiki.org operates by a clear set of community governance structure similar to Ubuntu and other leading open source projects. Since its founding by Peter Thoeny in 1998, TWiki.org has been supported by an extensive team of open source software developers around the world. Today, TWiki Community Edition is used by millions of users and is installed in tens of thousands of companies, including more than half of the Fortune 500. TWiki is a mission-critical system at major corporations such as Cisco Systems, Google, IBM, Lufthansa, Morgan Stanley, Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, TI and UBS.

"The community has been working hard over the last 14 month to produce a collaboration platform that is now much more appealing to non-technical users", said project founder Peter Thoeny. "I am very grateful to all community members who contribute ideas, specs, code, testing and documentation to the open source TWiki project. Over the last two year we morphed the community to be more end-user focused. I invite people with a professional attitude to join us!"

TWiki Use at CERN

Besides companies, TWiki is also used by many universities and research organizations around the world. "The TWiki service quickly became popular at CERN following its introduction in 2003", said Peter Jones, system administrator at CERN. "TWiki has proven to be a simple and easy to use platform to create and develop collaborative documents, and today it is a key web collaboration tool for the LHC [Large Hadron Collider] experiments and many other user groups at CERN that consist of 1000s of users. At CERN TWiki is now more popular than ever with new users registering every day, and we are looking forward to deploying the new version that brings many usability enhancements. I am especially excited about the new user management feature that will reduce our workload."

TWiki-5.1 Community Release Feature Highlights

  • Usability Enhancements
    • More visual user profile pages with in-place editing of form fields and picture selector
    • In-place editing of TWiki group settings using PreferencesPlugin
    • Point and click bookmarks for better usability
    • Improved statistics showing overall site usage over time, such as total number of webs, topics, users, etc
    • API and GUI for point and click user data management
    • Support disabled users in password manager

  • TWiki Application Platform Enhancements
    • New macro language with parameterized variables
    • Ability to auto-create page on view if it does not exist
    • Relative heading levels for INCLUDE
    • Relative heading levels for SEARCH

  • Security Enhancements
    • Set a flag to force password change on next login
    • S/Mime support for notification e-mails

  • Plugin Enhancements
    • New BackupRestorePlugin to easily backup, restore and upgrade TWiki installations
    • New SetGetPlugin that can store variables persistently
    • New ColorPickerPlugin to pick a color in form fields
    • SpreadSheetPlugin now has over 90 functions, including new BITXOR(), HEXENCODE(), HEXDECODE(), XOR()

More Visual User Profile Pages

Previous user profile pages had a bare bone look and the form fields were more tailored for public TWiki sites. TWiki-5.1 brings a more visual and more modern page layout with profile picture selector, as well as default form fields tailored for the workplace.

Screenshots: http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Codev/TWikiPressRelease05x01#UserProfile


Screenshot: Change profile picture


Point and Click Bookmarks

A new bookmark feature has been introduced that replaces the personal left-bar links. Bookmarking a page is now a simple point and click operation: In the Account pulldown menu, select "Bookmark this page...". Existing bookmarks can be managed with an edit table, accessible via the "----- Bookmarks -----" pulldown menu of the Account pulldown.

Screenshot: http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Codev/TWikiPressRelease05x01#BookMarks


Improved Statistics Showing Overall Site Usage

TWiki used to generate just web statistics in each web. TWiki-5.1 now generates also overall site usage statistics shown in the Main.SiteStatistics page.

For each month, the following items are recorded using system data and TWiki log data across all webs: Total number of webs, number of webs viewed, number of webs updated, total number of topics, number of topics viewed, number of topics updated, number of attachments, number of topic views, number of topic updates, number of files uploads, data size, pub size, disk use, number of users, number of groups, number of plugins installed compared to number of plugins available, and 10 top contributors. Nice graphs are shown in case the ChartPlugin is installed.

Screenshot: http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Codev/TWikiPressRelease05x01#SiteStats


API and GUI for Point and Click User Data Management

TWiki-5.1 introduces a new API and GUI to manage user data. It enhances the user mapping and password managers TWiki already has with point and click user management.

Password managers can declare their own data (fields with name, value, type and an optional note) so that TWiki's user manager can show queries and forms to display and manipulate user data in a transparent way. It is a data driven design that can be extended easily.

Screenshot: http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Codev/TWikiPressRelease05x01#UserData


New Plugin to Easily Backup, Restore and Upgrade TWiki

TWiki has now a solution to backup, restore and upgrade TWiki sites. It can be used via browser and on the command line. Backup can be done as a scheduled task to a directory of choice, including a mounted volume on a remote server. The new BackupRestorePlugin is pre-installed in TWiki-5.1; it can be installed in older TWiki releases as low as TWiki-2001-09-01 (Athens Release) to easily create a backup that can be restored on a new TWiki release. This offers an easy upgrade path for TWiki.

Screenshot: http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Codev/TWikiPressRelease05x01#BackupRestore


About Twiki, Inc.

Twiki, Inc. (http://www.twiki.net) provides solutions to enable people to "Get Work Done!". Enterprises, groups and teams use Twiki to collaborate, discuss and share information securely. Twiki solutions are available as hosted, cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or as a virtual appliance installable onsite. Twiki is used by 50,000 small businesses, more than half of the Fortune 500, and millions of people in 130 countries and 14 languages including such companies as Cisco, Google, Morgan Stanley, Nokia, Symantec, the Walt Disney Company and organizations such as Carnegie Mellon University, NASA, and Stanford University. Twiki, Inc. is the leading supporter of Twiki.org, creator of the first enterprise wiki. To learn more, go to http://www.twiki.net/.

Contact Information:

TWiki is a registered trademark of Peter Thoeny, Twiki, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective holders.

-- Contributors: PeterThoeny - 2011-08-27

(Those sending out the press release to journalists and bloggers please contact Peter for phone number)

Press Release Target Sites

Translations of Press Release

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TWiki-5.1.0 Advocacy Targets

Advocacy done by "PTh" PeterThoeny and "Sheela" SheelaUrsal. Please help us spread the word of StructuredWikis and situational applications!

TWiki-5.1 To be Announced at Websites

Website By Status
Freecode.com (link) PTh Done
PRLog (link) PTh Done
SourceForge (link) PTh Done
WikiMatrix (link) PTh Done

TWiki-5.1 Press Release to be Sent to Trade Publications (Print and Online)

Target Who Status
Apache Week PTh Done
Associated Press PTh Done
Automatiseringsgids, NL   Done
Business Communications Review   Done
BusinessWeek Sheela Done
Byte & Switch Sheela Done
Channel Business Sheela Done
Chronicle of Philanthropy PTh Done
Comms Design Sheela Done
Communications News   Done
Computable, NL   Done
Computer Business Review Sheela Done
Computer Reseller News   Done
Computerworld Sheela, PTh Done
Converge Sheela Done
CNET News.com PTh Done
CNET Sheela Done
CRN Sheela Done
c't Magazin, Germany PTh Done
DDJ PTh Done
Daily Deal   Done
Doppell PTh Done
EE Times Sheela Done
ElectricNews.net Sheela Done
Enterprise Times Sheela Done
eWeek Sheela, PTh Done
Forbes Sheela Done
Handelsblatt, Germany PTh Done
IDG News Service   Done
IT Europa Sheela Done
IT Week Sheela Done
Infoconomy Sheela Done
Information Advisor, the PTh Done
InfoWorld Sheela, PTh Done
IT360░ PTh Done
It's Monday Sheela Done
iX Magazin, Germany Peter Done
Linux Format, UK   Done
Light Reading Sheela Done
Linux Journal Peter Done
Linux Magazine PTh Done
Linux-Magazin, Germany PTh Done
Linux Magazine, NL   Done
LinuxWorld Magazine Peter Done
Livre   Done
Mercury News Peter Done
Microscope Sheela Done
MIS magazine, Australia Peter Done
NY Times Peter Done
Network Computing Sheela Done
Network Magazine   Done
Network World Sheela Done
Networking Pipeline Sheela Done
NewsForge Peter Done
O'Reilly Media Peter Done
OpenFoundry Newsletter Peter Done
Private Equity Journal   Done
Pro-Linux, Germany   Done
Rebel Publishing Sheela Done
Red Herring PTh Done
Reuters Sheela, PTh Done
Salon.com Peter Done
San Jose Mercury Sheela Done
San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal Sheela Done
Seattle Times Peter Done
Slashdot PTh Done
startups.co.uk   Done
T3N Magazin, Germany   Done
Tech Target Sheela Done
TechWeb   Done
Techworld Sheela Done
Telecom Trends Sheela Done
The Register   Done
TheWHIR.com Sheela Done
Venture Capital Analyst   Done
Venture Capital Journal   Done
Venture Reporter   Done
VentureBeat PTh Done
Wall Street Journal PTh Done
Washington Post PTh Done
Wired Magazine PTh Done
Ziff Davis Media PTh Done

TWiki-5.1 Press Release to be Sent to Analysts

Target Who Status
Ashton Metzler Sheela Done
Bloor Research Sheela Done
Burton Group Sheela Done
Forrester Group Sheela Done
Gartner Sheela Done
Gen2Ventures Sheela Done
IDC Sheela Done
Nemertes Sheela Done
NetForecast Sheela Done
Quocirca Sheela Done
Taneja Group Sheela Done
Wainhouse Research Sheela Done
Yankee Group Sheela Done

TWiki 5.1 Press Release Sent to Bloggers

Blogger By Status
Brian Solis PTh Done
GigaOM PTh Done
Jeremiah Owyang PTh Done
Silicon Valley Watcher PTh Done
WebWorker Daily PTh Done
7 more PTh Done

E-mail sent to twiki-announce mailing list


-- Contributors: PeterThoeny - 2011-08-23


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