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December 12, 2005
Yahoo and Six Apart
Blog tech pioneer Six Apart is bucking the trend. While other blog tech companies, from Flickr to Del.icio.us sell out to Yahoo, Six Apart instead forges a Yahoo alliance for small business. Details here. It will use a version of the Movable Type platform that this blog and many others are built upon. The service starts today. Anyone planning to give it a whirl? (Thanks Problogger)
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Another "first mile" move by Yahoo. Good on 'em.
More on the first mile here:
Posted by: Christopher Carfi at December 12, 2005 09:43 AM
This might start a trend.
Mergers are complicated and disruptive for customers. A partnership like this creates options for both Yahoo and Six Apart customers. If the news was Yahoo buys Six Apart, what would follow would be a big question mark. This is what happened when AOL bought Weblogs. That deal created a bunch of speculation and I was just reading at Forbes how Steve Case is calling for Time Warner to be split apart. http://www.forbes.com/2005/12/12/case-aol-miller-cx_cn_1212autofacescan02.html
Weblogs, Inc. is a stand-alone subsidiary of America Online.
What's up with this? "You??l find links to the hottest posts from the past week after the jump including a saber for your champagne, insect snacks to enjoy, and a toilet trapped student. Enjoy!" Posted Dec 10, 2005, 6:00 AM ET by Weblogs, Inc. There were no comments when I checked on Monday. I guess insect snacks didn't go over well with the blogger community. Very weird! Six Apart and Yahoo were dealing and AOL Weblogs Inc. was discussing a toilet trapped student. It was time for a best of the Weblogs Inc. weekend. Some deals produce better results than others. Best of luck to Six Apart. Stay out of the toilet kids!
Posted by: Jim Dermitt at December 12, 2005 10:17 AM
I'm beating the wall with my fist as Typepad goes down today and a million of us Typepad users can't post or have people read us. Bad moment for them to announce it, as far as I'm concerned!
Posted by: Andrew Denny at December 16, 2005 05:24 PM
It's a good idea to have a backup blog for when service goes down. You will not have 100% up-time with any service. Servers break, software can have problems or something can go wrong that can't be avoided. It's Murphys Law, so hack together a backup blog and a plan. Plan for the worse, blog for the best. Good luck.
Posted by: Jim Dermitt at December 17, 2005 09:08 AM
This is sort of strange. Six Apart was one of the big blog stories of the week, last week. Not many comments here. The Friendster story has a bunch more comments. 49 as of now. This is the most commenting I have seen at Blogspotting. Some of the comments look sort of spammy. The spam never seems to crash, it just keeps coming and paid services like Typepad crash. Spam may be more dependable than the services people pay to use which is sort of scary. I thought the Six Apart story here would generate more comments, since it's not everyday that a blogging service crashes. I guess not that many people care.
Posted by: Jim Dermitt at December 19, 2005 09:36 AM
It something new every day. I just missed the next big thing by 15 minutes.
Posted by: Jim at December 19, 2005 10:39 AM
No, what's really been ironic is that Typepad wasn't up during this announcement, and neither was del.icio.us
Posted by: Niti Bhan at December 19, 2005 08:23 PM