Wattpad Celebrates Seventh Birthday with Launch of New Feature Called Stories

by Rob Lewis | Technology

Wattpad today turns seven years old.

To celebrate this milestone, the Toronto-based online reader and writer community launched Wattpad Stories, which profiles people whose lives have been transformed by stories.

"Ivan and I started Wattpad as a way to read on our mobile phone and give writers a platform to share their original stories. It's remarkable to see our idea resonate with so many people around the world," says CEO Allen Lau. "Seven years ago we had a few hundred stories on Wattpad; today we have more than 28 million uploads and we're on track to surpass the total number of books that have been published since the advent of printing."

"Before the iPhone, before Kindle and before the rise of ebooks and self-publishing, there was Wattpad," said CTO and co-founder Ivan Yuen. "It's incredible to have created a platform that empowers people to read, write and socialize in a way fits their mobile lifestyle."

"The widespread adoption of mobile devices means anyone, anywhere in the world can read and share stories on Wattpad," explains General Manager Candice Faktor. "We're giving access and voice to the stories that matter to a new generation, and we're seeing incredible traction in North America, Europe and in developing countries."

Wattpad is currently hiring.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Great stories bring people together! Wattpad is the world's largest community for discovering and sharing stories. It's a new form of entertainment connecting readers and writers through storytelling, and best of all, it's entirely free. With thousands of new stories added every day, an incredibly active community of readers, and the ability to read on your computer, phone, or tablet, Wattpad... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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