Monday, December 12, 2005

Yahoo offers Movable Type for bloggers

Reuters reported Yahoo Inc. and Six Apart Ltd., creator of Movable Type -- the most popular software used to create professional blogs -- said on Sunday Yahoo will be the preferred supplier of Movable Type for small businesses.

I am not sure I agree with that. There are a lot of Word Press Blogs, but MT is certainly one of the biggies.
The partnership is the latest in a string of deals by the world's largest Internet media company as it seeks to embrace so-called "social media," the new generation of Web sites that encourage Internet users to share written text, photos and videos.

On Friday, Yahoo acquired, a site for users to share their favorite Web links. Earlier this year, it acquired Flickr, which offers a way to annotate and share photos.

Yahoo will effectively act as the preferred provider of Movable Type for small business users, taking advantage of its scale and efficiency, Anil Dash, vice president of professional products for San Francisco-based Six Apart, said in a phone interview. "This is going to be our recommended (sales) channel for small business," he said. Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo said it will offer commercial blogs based on Movable Type as part of its existing small business Web-site management service.

Yahoo provides customers with a unique Web address, blogging tools and business-class e-mail services with spam and virus protections for less than $12 a month.
That is less that MT's current commercial pricing, but higher than their current pricing for personal, education, or non-profit.

Movable Type is commonly used by businesses, Web designers and professional bloggers to create easily updated Web sites. Other blog software such as Google Inc.'s Blogger, WordPress, Xanga and Six Apart's own Live Journal, are more often used to create blogs for individuals.


Danny Carlton said...

In 1998 LionkExchange announced that Microsoft had become "a partner" which turned out to be corporate speak for "bought them out" because LinkExchange is now part of Microsoft. This sounds suspiciously like the same thing...i.e. Yahoo bought MT.

Don Singleton said...

You may be right. Time will tell