Sunday, August 23, 2009

Happy Birthday - Blogger completes 10 years today

Many Many Happy Returns of the day to Blogger and my fellow Blogger users.
Blogger has today gifted all its users a revamped 'Post Editor', which looks next generation in the first look.
I will be doing the full review later today but right now I am in the celebration mood. Like most of the bloggers, My first and last choice was always Blogger, the ease of use, so many features, that too free of cost. I never thought I will be shifting to Wordpress or anyother blogging platform.
Blogger has become synonymous to blogging for million around the world. I know today thousands of users will be paying their gratitude to Blogger for such a nice experice all these day and I hope this will coontinue in future. I leave the rest for others to jot down.

Blogger 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.
  • By May 2007, Blogger had completely moved over to Google operated servers.
  • In October 2008, Turkey temporarily blocked access to Blogger.

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

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