[LINK] Google buys Blogger

jeff.evans@iird.vic.gov.au jeff.evans@iird.vic.gov.au
Tue, 18 Feb 2003 09:38:55 +1100

Interesting times may be coming for the weblog community with Google's
recent move into content authoring field ...

Google Makes an Acquisition: Blogger
Google, which runs the Web's premier search site, has purchased Pyra Labs,
a San Francisco company that created some of the earliest technology for
writing weblogs, the increasingly popular personal and opinion journals.
The buyout is a huge boost to an enormously diverse genre of online
publishing that has begun to change the equations of online news and
information. Weblogs are frequently updated, with items appearing in
reverse chronological order (the most recent postings appear first).
Typically they include links to other pages on the Internet, and the topics
range from technology to politics to just about anything you can name. Many
weblogs invite feedback through discussion postings, and weblogs often
point to other weblogs in an ecosystem of news, opinions and ideas.

"I couldn't be more excited about this," said Evan Williams, founder of
Pyra, a company that has had its share of struggles. He wouldn't discuss
terms of the deal, which he said was signed on Thursday, when we spoke
Saturday. But he did say it gives Pyra the "resources to build on the
vision I've been working on for years."
Part of that vision, shared by other blogging pioneers, has been to help
democratize the creation and flow of news in a world where giant companies
control so much of what most people see, hear and read. Weblogs are also
becoming a valuable communication tool for groups of people, and have begun
to infiltrate the corporate, university and government spheres.
Personal note - I've used the free weblog software
<http://www.blogger.com/> as part of my Masters course, and while the UI
can be confusing and a bit buggy, the service on offer is excellent for the


Jeff Evans
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Business Information Services
Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development
Victoria, Australia
Ph 03 9651 9590 Fax 03 9651 9725
Email jeff.evans@iird.vic.gov.au

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