Blogger Turning 10 Years Old This Week

Posted Aug 18, 2009

On August 23, 1999 a startup company by the name of Pyra Labs started a service called Blogger.  Blogger was a service that directly competed with Xanga.  Pyra Labs was started by Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan.

About four years after launching, Google bought out Pyra Labs and hired the team.  Williams himself did not stick around Google for long because he decided to start another startup company known as Twitter.  Twitter is known as a “micro-blogging” service.

As part of the 10th year anniversary, the Blogger team at Google is promising their users a bunch of new features.  Although the new features have not been revealed yet, the company said that they have listened to a lot of the feedback that was given about the service.

One of the biggest problems with Blogger today is spam abuse.  Signing up and setting up a blog using the service is so easy that spammers can quickly take charge.  Last year, Sophos an anti-virus company estimated that Blogger accounts for 2% of all malware on the web.