Tuesday, February 18, 2003

As everyone who has a blog has probably heard by now, Google purchased blogger.com's parent company, Pyra Labs.

Frankly, I'm pretty excited about it. Two years ago, at a gathering of Internet folks organized by Jerry Michalski, I met Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan, co-founders of blogger.com. At the time, blogger.com had only(!) 70,000 registered users and had pretty much gone through a chunk of money they raised. Meg and Ev were considering next steps. The people at Jerry's gathering dig stuff like blogger: small, person-to-person apps that the Internet seems made for. We all wanted them to start charging and keep going...or at least not to worry too much about the future. Jerry's kids are the kind of people that not only read things like the Cluetrain Manifesto: four of them wrote it.

So I admit to being a bit star-struck. But it is more than that. Neither Google or Pyra Labs was part of the dot.com boom and bust. Google has become a household name (and even a verb: to google) without a stich of advertising because it worked so damn well. And blogger (Pyra Labs) is one of the original parties around what is fast becoming a new household word: blog.

Right about now I'm also feeling really thankful that I started blogging at the end of last year, thereby making me look like I'm a head of the curve when in fact...I'm completely lame because I've known about blogging for more than two years and failed to explore it. That's kind of my history with the Internet, too. I knew about it...but didn't pay all that much attention to it until just before it got on everyone's radar.
Thanks Greg for inviting me to join. Now I'm off and running to learn and post more.