Six Apart has bought LiveJournal. Here’s the Mena’s Corner about the whole thing. I’m impressed by how Six Apart seems to be developing as a company. From the licensing changes to this, they really seem to be learning.
a classy version of the Blogger story: Google Deal Ties Company to Weblogs. It’s nice to see that both founders of Pyra are cited.
a great analysis of the Google acquisition of Blogger at Boing Boing today. “Google’s made a business out of this sort of research. Its PageRank algorithm is the best idea-diffusion-miner we’ve got right now, and in hindsight, Google’s move into blogs seems inevitable.”
There are quite a few (other) people who seem very concerned that this is a negative move, a drive to control weblogging as an endeavour, or that it will certainly game the rankings in the search engine. It’s pretty clear to me though that there’s no way this is a bad thing. Google has proven time and time again that they have a lot of respect for the internet and a near-obsessive desire to stay “legit” both in fact and in perception. Given that, I can’t see this as anything but a terrific bit of news for all webloggers, whether using Blogger or other systems.