• David Karp on Why He Started Tumblr

    (Founder Stories) Why David Karp Started Tumblr: Blogs Don't Work For Most People

    In the never-ending debate between blogging and micro-blogging, Tumblr usually gets lumped in with Twitter and Facebook on the micro-blogging side. But Tumblr is actually somewhere in between the status bursts of Twitter and Facebook and the long-form publishing of WordPress-style blogs. If anything, it is more accurately described as micro-blogging than Twitter or Facebook because you… Read More

  • Report: Blogger Most Reliable Blogging Platform As Tumblr Tumbles On

    Uptime monitoring service Pingdom has tested five major blogging services for their reliability. Unsurprisingly given its recent woes, micro-blogging startup Tumblr received a disastrous score, while Google’s Blogger came up on top with not a second of downtime. Pingdom’s tests were performed once a minute over a period of two months, from October 15 to December 15, from… Read More

  • Google Adds Real-Time Stats To Blogger – To Google Analytics Next?

    Blogger, Google’s blog publishing platform, has just been given a useful new feature many a Blogger user will appreciate: near real-time statistics (via Louis Gray). Dubbed Blogger Stats, the feature is available for all non-private Blogger blogs. The only catch is you’ll only see the new ‘Stats’ tab when you go to On the new Stats page, you’ll… Read More

  • Google Pays $75 In Gift Checks To Test New Blogger Features On Windows PCs

    At least 18 years old? Own a Windows PC? Have 60 minutes to spare? Google wants you to test usability of its Blogger service on your own computer, and is prepared to give you $75 in American Express gift checks if you participate in a screen sharing session and a phone call with some of their people. Also, you must allow them to record audio or video of said session. We think you can keep… Read More

  • Video: The Early Days Of Pyra Labs / Blogger (Featuring @Ev Williams)

    We got a tip about a video from the same people who made us – and subsequently, you – aware of Biz Stone‘s 2006 video-recorded attempt to explain ‘Twttr’ when the service that became Twitter was still in diapers. This time, it’s Twitter’s other co-founder, Evan Williams, who appears in a video with developer Paul Bausch, Meg Hourihan, Alberto González… Read More

  • Dutch Music Rights Association Plans To Charge $32 Per Embedded YouTube Video

    Buma/Stemra, a Dutch collective rights society that represents the interests of copyright holders (some 19,000 composers, authors and publishers), is the topic of the day in the Dutch blogosphere and beyond. The association has managed to wield itself into the eye of the storm because of the introduction of new, exorbitantly high digital music licensing fees, and its stated willingness to… Read More

  • Blogger Buzz Blog Is Trying To Communicate With Us

    Google’s Blogger Buzz blog may not the best of places to get hit by spam. And we’re not talking comment spam, we’re talking post spam, as you can tell from the screenshot above. Unless it wasn’t actually the blogging equivalent of junk mail but just some overanxious Googler who was so thrilled with some new feature they’re adding to the free blogging service… Read More

  • Before There Was Twitter, There Was Blogger. And It's Turning 10.

    What were you doing in 1999? Maybe you were following the Kosovo War. Maybe you were starting to use Napster. Maybe you were entering your senior year of high school (I was). Or maybe you started blogging. After all, on August 23, 1999, Pyra Labs launched its Blogger product, which would go on to become the biggest blogging platform in the world. Yes, on Sunday, Blogger turns 10 years old. And… Read More

  • As Blogger Nears Its Tenth Birthday, It Still Dominates. But For How Long?

    Never underestimate the power of first-mover advantage, especially when being one of the first movers gets you bought by Google. Back in August, 1999, Pyra Labs launched Blogger. LiveJournal had launched six months before and Open Diary in October of the previous year. But it was Pyra Labs which was acquired by Google in February, 2003, and the rest was history. Now, nearly ten years… Read More

  • Google Upgrades Custom Search Box On Blogger

    Google’s blog publishing platform, Blogger, is bringing its Custom Search Box gadget out of its beta version, also known as Blogger in Draft. The search gadget a blog’s readers search posts, web pages linked from the blog, other blogs on the blog roll, as well as pages on the shared links list. Google initially launched the gadget on its Blogger in Draft platform, which offers users… Read More

  • Google Friend Connect Hooks Up With Blogger

    Google has integrated Friend Connect with its weblog publishing service Blogger. Essentially, this enables people to start following (i.e. subscribing to) blogs using their Google, Yahoo, AIM or OpenID accounts and turns Blogger more into a social network than a straightforward blog publishing service. Blogs that you follow will be listed in your Blogger profile and the integration will… Read More