but I’m going to chime in with my congratulations to Dave Winer for achieving a remarkable benchmark: A decade of Scripting News. With Scripting News (among very few others), we saw the transformation of the “often-updated personal website” become something quite different. “Often” and “every day, several times” are, on the web, radically different things. Congratulations!
Well, it has been confirmed
that VeriSign has purchased weblogs.com. And now that it’s not just rumour anymore, it’s appropriate to comment.
What a bloody nightmare. VeriSign haven’t met a service they couldn’t screw up, a trust they couldn’t break, a marginally ethical lock-in they didn’t do everything in their power to try to gain over their own customers. I can’t imagine a worse option. Hope Dave’s happy with his money though – whatever your opinion of the guy, he has provided a fantastic service that was absolutely critical to the development of the world of blogs.
Update: Paidcontent.org has the details. There’s more all over the web. People seem a great deal more optimistic about VeriSign than I am – I guess that many lucky people have avoided being VeriSign customers.
Kottke is reporting
that he’s heard from multiple sources that Weblogs.com has been sold to Verisign. Stranger things have happened I suppose.
Someone named TDavid has published
a long piece about podcasting and the Winer vs. Curry fracas.
Note that reading this is only indicated if one feels the need to self-flagellate or otherwise punish oneself. Look down to Carnell’s comment for the bottom line on the whole ridiculous thing.
Dave Winer has shut down
all of the weblogs.com blogs, that had been hosted for free for several years. I don’t want to get into the pros and cons, just to reference the post so that anyone who wants their site back can go and leave a comment and regain access to their posts.
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