Seems like every time James Farmer comes up with a new way to package WPMu, it’s just another attempt to break it big monetarily. That’s all fine and good, but in my mind the power behind this application, or any other, has far more to do with the specific communities it grows out of and the possibilities of experimentation and play that builds from it.
In fact, the point is that it’s hard to provide such a service and be able to cater to so many folks when numbers is what you’re after. You make things cheap, but the system itself necessarily becomes limited and effectively stagnant. Bottom line is that this stuff does not cost a lot money, what is expensive is the money invested in people and possibilities not necessarily WPMu. When it all boils down to a “Ning-like service for blogs” as we have with blogs.mu it just feels like Wal-Mart as powered by open source tools. It’s all about volume, a warehouse for blogs, another box-store website online.