The History Of Blogger (www.blogger.com)

Blogger (www.blogger.com) is a free blog publishing platform / system. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Although its website is www.blogger.com, the blogs it hosts are all subdomains of blogspot.com. Would you like to know more?

Important History

On 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.

In February 2003, Pyra Labs was acquired by Google under undisclosed terms. The acquisition allowed premium features (for which Pyra had charged) to become free. About a year later, Pyra Labs' co-founder, Evan Williams, left Google.

In 2004, Google purchased Picasa; it integrated Picasa and its photo sharing utility Hello into Blogger, allowing users to post photos to their blogs.

On 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 email.

On August 14, 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.

In December 2006, this new version of Blogger was taken out of beta.

In 2007 Blogger was ranked 16 on the list of top 50 domains in terms of number of unique visitors.

By May 2007, Blogger had completely moved over to Google operated servers.

In October 2008, Turkey blocked access to Blogger.

In Januari 2009 Blogger allowed Blogspot users (without own domain) to sign up with Adsense

Redesign (to New Blogger)

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.

Along with the migration to Google servers, several new features were introduced, including label organization, a drag-and-drop template editing interface, reading permissions (to create private blogs) and new Web feed options. Furthermore, blogs are updated dynamically, as opposed to rewriting HTML files.

Integration (Tools)


The Google Toolbar has 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. However, Microsoft Office 2007 adds native support for a variety of blogging systems, including Blogger.

Blogger supports Google's AdSense service as a way of generating revenue from running a blog. However, to sign up with Adsense, people must have their own domain beside blogspot ones (which is changed in early 2009).

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.

Windows Live Writer, a standalone app of the Windows Live suite, publishes directly to Blogger.

Blocking Issues

Blogger has been blocked for periods of time in the following countries:
  • Turkey
  • Pakistan
These acts are considered as restrictions to freedom of speech and information by the rest of the world. However, the reasons of the banning remain unclear. Some websites are known to be providing bypassing service for the citizens of both countries who wants the freedom.

Note: this article's contents are partially from Wikipedia (under GNU free documentation license ) and updated by Isaac Yassar.

2 comments:

Dr. bj said...

Thanks, Isaac, for the research on Google. Didn't know before about the ranking of #16 in top 50 domains in 07. Do you have any ranking # for 08? Take a look at me: http://Ublog4money.blogspot.com

Isaac Yassar said...

In 2008, Alexa ranked Blogger #9. In 2009 now Alexa rank Blogger #8.