Google, which runs the Web's premier search site, has purchased Pyra Labs, a San Francisco company that created some of the earliest technology for writing weblogs, the increasingly popular personal and opinion journals. [...] How Google manages the Blogger software and Pyra's hosting service may present some tricky issues. The search side of Google indexes weblogs from all of the major blogging platforms, including Movable Type and Userland Radio. Any hint of proprietary favoritism would meet harsh criticism.
This is going to be tricky. Is this good news for people using other blogging software or bad news?

I wonder if the discussion at Supernova had anything to do with increasing Google's interest in blogs.

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I doubt this will hurt bloggers using other tools. It will just make people more aware of blogging. Will be interesting to see what google will add techie-wise to blogger.com.

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