Google buys Pyra

February 16th, 2003 § 1 comment

In a move that surprised many people, Google buys Pyra Labs, the company behind Blogger and Blog*Spot.

As Google didn’t announce anything yet, there is a lot of speculation about what the news mean. I still don’t know what to make of it, but it’s obvious many things will change in the blogosphere in the coming days — hopefully, in a good direction.

Update: Cory Doctorow has posted some very interesting thoughts about the news.

Update: Nick Denton makes a proposal for Boogle.

Coverage around the blogosphere:

  • Nick Denton: A more interesting question: will Google use weblog links to improve Google News?
  • Matt Webb: Google are building the Memex
  • Ben Hammersley: It’s a distributed early warning system for Google’s spiders. One million zeitgeist monitors just signed on to Google’s staff. A bargain for them, whatever the cost.
  • Shelley Powers: Google + Blogger = What?
  • Karl Martino: Google is attempting to swallow the web. It will get a belly ache.
  • Anil Dash: Once Google’s plan becomes clearer, it’ll be possible to see whether Google’s adoption of part of the blogosphere is prescient or unfortunately incomplete.
  • Jason Shellen: Well, looks like someone scooped us on our own story.
  • Cory Doctorow: Holy crap!
  • Evan Williams: Holy crap!
  • Joi Ito: This is going to be tricky.
  • Jeremy Zawodny: Cool. Go Google!

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