How Google Blogger was Invented? A True Story


 

Evan_Williams,_The-Blogger-Blogger is a blog-publishing service; it is one of the earliest blog publishing tools. I must say it is the nursery of many giant successful bloggers. It has been credited for helping in popularize the blogging format. Blogger was launched by Pyra Labs in 1999. Blogger was the bought by Google Inc in 2003. Although its website is www.blogger.com, the blogs it hosts are of sub-domains blogspot.com.  You can also host blogs with multiple contributors, or you can run your own solo show. Let see how blogger was born…

 

 

 

 

 

A True Story Behind This Great Blogging Software

blogger logo2Here is a little story that I found on a blog which I loved reading and thought of sharing it with you all. According to Inclusive blog ,

 

Tales of Pyra, the little start-up that changed the internet irrevocably, are legion. Pyra’s founders–Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan , along with Paul Bausch and Jennifer Love Hewitt–holed up in a converted San Francisco warehouse to develop a new suite of online project management tools. Along the way, they realized that the internal communication tool they’d been using was actually more interesting than the software they were using it to build. What isn’t as widely known is that the tool, which later became Blogger, was created out of necessity for one very simple reason: Jennifer Love Hewitt and Meg Hourihan hated each other. They were absolutely unable to work with each other in a professional capacity, and the politics and negativity between the two made it very difficult for anyone in the office to accomplish anything.

On the one hand, Meg felt that Jen was merely a Hollywood carpetbagger, and questioned both Jen’s motives for wanting to work at Pyra, and Evan’s reasons for hiring her. Jen, in turn, was a bit defensive about having to prove herself, and couldn’t look at Meg’s code without using words like terrorism and abortion. One can easily imagine what the mood was like in that cramped, spare office space in SoMa.

One evening, after a long day of “Paul, will you please tell Kids Incorporated that if she expects a page to validate, she has to close her fucking tags?” and “Ev, will you please remind Megnut that although PHP and perl may appear interchangeable to the layperson, only one of them will pass form variables efficiently?”, Paul and Evan met at a neighborhood bar to vent, discuss the situation, and figure out what might be done about it. At this rate, they were going to blow through their seed money without even getting to alpha. Two hours later, half-cocked on Black & Tans, they were sprinting back to the office to bang out the rudimentary code for what we now know as Blogger.

It was an immediate success; no one in the office needed to speak directly to anyone else, ever again, and all their communications online were kept concise and on topic. It was a short leap, then, to begin wondering what wider applications this new software might have. And the rest, as they say, is for Wikipedians to write, argue about, and temporarily lock edits on.

 

History Of Google Blogger

Pyra Labs

  • On August 23, 1999, Blogger was launched by Pyra Labs.
  • At first Blogger was entirely free and there was no income model. When Pyra Lab’s money was about to end, the employees worked without pay for weeks, even months.  This caused a lot of employees to leave the company. Evan Williams, who is the co founder of Blogger, ran the company exclusively by himself after the loss of income.  He then was lucky to fasten an investment by Trellix. Soon after, advertising started supporting Blogger, and Blogger professionally emerged.
  • In February 2003, Pyra Labs was acquired by Google under undisclosed terms. The acquisition allowed premium features to become free. The acquisition was done subtly. Then a year later, Pyra Labs' co-founder, Evan Williams, left Google.Founder Of Blogger

  • In 2004, after the Google’s acquisition of Picasa, Google integrates its photo sharing utility allowing the users to post photos to their blog.
  • In May 2004, a major redesign was introduced, the features such as web standards-compliant templates, individual archive pages for posts, comments, and posting by email was added.
  • In August 2006, Beta version of Blogger was launched, codenamed "Invader".
  • In May 2007, blogger moved to Google’s dedicated servers.
  • In January 2009, Blogger allowed BlogSpot users (without own domain) to sign up with Google Adsense.

Google Blogger

Drastic Redesigns

In December 2006, drastic changes took place. Blogger was taken out of its beta version and totally moved over Google operated servers. This made Blogger claimed that the service was more reliable due to the quality of the servers provided by Google. There were new features introduced due to the Google’s dedicated servers.  These features included, a drag and drop template-editing interface, label organization, and new web feed options.  In addition the blogs were updated enthusiastically, as opposed to rewriting HTML files.

Integration of Tools

  • A free add-in for Microsoft Word named, “Blogger for Word”. It enables the user to save a Word document on their Blogger’s blog so that they can also edit their post on and offline. But in early 2007, Google showed uncertainty about its compatibility with newer version of Blogger; however MS Word 2007 adds native support for many blogging systems including Blogger.

  • Google toolbar has a feature called “BlogThis”, which allows the user of Bloggers to post links directly to their blogs.

Blog This by Google
  • Google's AdSense is supported by Blogger for generating revenue from running a blog.

  • Blogger offers multiple author support, making it possible to establish group blogs.

 

Today Blogger is amongst the world's top ten websites and there are tonnes of tutorials written on it daily. This was just a brief history of the great Google blogger in a nutshell to give you some history knowledge of this great service that many of us are addicted to. I just hope you liked it. If you know something new with regard to how Blogger actually came into being then feel free to share it. We love sharings. :)

 umair-khanUmair Ahmed Khan


About the Guest Author:

Umair is an Undergraduate Student, pursuing his B.E Degree in Computer and Information System Engineering. He has a desire to develop IPhone and Android applications in future. You can contact him always at his Facebook

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  1. Never read it before and thanks for the info, I've heard so many same versions out there but this is the best! =D

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  2. So glad to know so much about Blogger now. we are often so busy using the tool that we never try to know about the genius who created it. Thumbs up! Thanks Mohammad and umair.

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  3. @Nuzul: Thanks... and u're always welcome for more info.
    @Paul: Thanks for liking it, and keep in touch for more info like this.

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