Hey look at this: Seb’s Open Research is back on the air! Or should I say, on the wire? If (by chance) you still read here (and I haven’t exactly been the most prolific blogger in the last while either) and are NOT aware of Sebastien and his blog, I strongly recommend that you click as quickly as you can and check it out. Seb is one of those guys who keeps a relatively low profile compared to the “stars” – but who has a huge and entirely deserved (in my experience) reputation among the long-standing and most perceptive thinkers in the strange space described by terms as “social” and “web” and such.
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.
Dan Gillmor has the story: Google Buys Pyra: Blogging Goes Big-Time. Pyra makes Blogger, if you didn’t know.