|Blogger logo 1999|
Subcategory: Blog host
Registered: June 22, 1999
Released: August 23, 1999
Developer / Founder: Pyra Labs (founded by Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan, acquired by Google in 2003)
Place of develop: 350 Townsend Street, San Francisco, California, USA (Pyra Labs Headquarters)
Programming language: Python
Features: Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. Generally, the blogs are hosted at a subdomain of blogspot.com. Blogs can also be hosted in the registered custom domain of the blogger (like www.example.com). So blogspot.com domain publishings will be redirected to the custom domain. Blogger cannot be installed on a web server. One has to use DNS facilities to redirect a custom URL to a blogspot domain. Blogger allows its users to choose from various templates and then customize them. Users may also choose to create their own templates using CSS.
Interesting facts: Blogger was developed by a tiny company in San Francisco called Pyra. Pyra was co-founded by Evan Williams, computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur, also co-founder of Twitter, and Meg Hourihan, Internet entrepreneur, also co-founder of Kinja news aggregator. The company's first product, also named "Pyra", was a web application which would combine a project manager, contact manager, and to-do list. In 1999, while still in beta, the rudiments of Pyra were repurposed into an in-house tool which became Blogger. The service was made available to the public on August 23, 1999. Much of this coding was done by Paul Bausch and Matthew Haughey. In February 2003 Blogger was acquired by Google.
Slogan (2000): «Amphetamines for your website»
Property: © Pyra.com Ltd., © Google Inc.
|Blogger, Pyra Labs launches the service from its website (see: Monday, August 23, 1999)|
|Blogger, about page on Pyra website (screenshot February 2000)|
|Blogger, the first home page (screenshot October 1999)|
|Blogger, restyled home page (screenshot November 2000)|
|Blogger, official announcement of acquisition by Google in February 2003: «Big news: Yes folks, it's true. As you may have read, Blogger's parent company, Pyra Labs, was purchased by Google» (screenshot March 2003)|
|The founders of Pyra Labs, the company that created Blogger in 1999:|
Evan Williams, computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur, also co-founder of Twitter, and Meg Hourihan, Internet entrepreneur, also co-founder of Kinja news aggregator.
|Blogger in its advanced version (2015)|