Glogger… and college hoops
Sunday, February 16th, 2003
Ken Layne mentions that Google, the Internet’s most successful company, has bought Pyra, the company that owns Blogger.
A Google spokesman says blogging is “a global self-publishing phenomenon that connects Internet users with dynamic, diverse points of view while also enabling comment and participation.”
Looks like Dave Winer is going to win his $1000 bet with NYTimes.com’s Martin Nisenholtz sooner rather than later. Last April Dave bet that “in a Google search of five keywords or phrases representing the top five news stories of 2007, weblogs will rank higher than the New York Times’ Web site.”
Processing more than half all Internet searches, Google already has cornered the demand for information; with Blogger, it has a chance to dominate the supply as well.
Blogging… no… Internet publishing now moves beyond the beta-test.
Update: Cory Doctorow gives a good overview of Blogger history and suggests one future. And the New York Times reports on the deal and recycles the specious “150 million searches a day” number. AGGGG.
On a milder note, I noticed that Ken has been going to see UNR Wolf Pack college basketball games. We’ve also been enjoying college hoops this winter, watching the Amherst Jeff’s (20-3!) win three games. In contrast to Reno, the bleachers hold only 400 and there’s no beer… but seats are free. I haven’t watched division III college basketball in 20 years and amazed at how swift and muscular the action is. The shot clock and weight-lifting seem have transformed the game.