- Blogger (service)
name = Blogger
caption = Blogger.com
url = http://www.blogger.com/
commercial = Yes
type = Blog host
language = English
registration = Optional, Free
launch date =
July 31, 2000
current status = active
alexa = #9
Blogger is a
blog publishing system. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by
August 23 1999, Blogger was launched by Pyra Labs. As one of the earliest dedicated blog-publishing tools, it is credited for helping popularize the format.
February 2003, Pyra Labswas acquired by
2004, Google purchased Picasa; it integrated Picasa and its photo sharing utility Hello into Blogger, allowing users to post photos to their blogs.
May 9 2004, Blogger introduced a major redesign, adding features such as web standards-compliant templates, individual archive pages for posts, comments, and posting by
14 August 2006, Blogger launched its latest version in beta, codenamed "Invader", alongside the gold release. This migrated users to Google servers and included some new features.
December 2006, this new version of Blogger was taken out of beta.
May 2007, Blogger had completely moved over to Google operated servers.
Blogger was ranked 16 on the list of top 50 domains in terms of number of unique visitors in 2007. [ [http://blog.compete.com/2007/10/30/top-50-websites-domains-digg-youtube-flickr-facebook/ "Top 50 Domains - Ranked by Unique Visitors"”] September, 2007.]
As part of the Blogger redesign in
2006, all blogs associated with a user's Google Account were migrated to Google servers. Blogger claims that the service is now more reliable because of the quality of the servers. [ [http://buzz.blogger.com/2006/12/new-version-of-blogger.html Blogger Buzz: The New Version of Blogger ] ]
Along with the migration to Google servers, several new features were introduced, including label organization, a
drag-and-droptemplate editing interface, reading permissions (to create private blogs) and new Web feedoptions. Furthermore, blogs are updated dynamically, as opposed to rewriting HTMLfiles.
Google Toolbarhas a feature called "BlogThis!" which allows toolbar users with Blogger accounts to post links directly to their blogs.
* "Blogger for Word" is a free add-in for
Microsoft Word. This add-in allows users to save a Microsoft Word Document directly to a Blogger blog, as well as edit their posts both on- and offline. As of January 2007, Google says "Blogger for Word is not currently compatible with the new version of Blogger", and they state no decision has been made about supporting it with the new Blogger. [http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42497&topic=8931] However, Microsoft Office 2007adds native support for a variety of blogging systems, including Blogger.
* Blogger supports Google's
AdSenseservice as a simple way of generating revenue from running a blog.
* Blogger offers multiple author support, making it possible to establish group blogs.
* Blogger offers a template editing feature, which allows users to customize the Blogger template. [ [http://tech.skitsol.com/2008/04/25/customize-your-blogger-template-1.aspx Customize Blogger templates] ]
Windows Live Writer, a standalone app of the Windows Livesuite, publishes directly to Blogger.
List of Google services and tools
* [http://www.blogger.com/ Blogger website]
* [http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42347 Blogger list of third-party Apps (includes posting clients)]
* [http://www.itconversations.com/audio/download/ITConversations-541.mp3 Meg Hourihan interview] (in
MP3format), summarized [http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail541.html here] , from IT Conversations
* [http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42364 Summary of 2004 redesign] , from the Blogger website
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
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