Six Apart Acquires LiveJournal, and WordPress Grows in Popularity

Yesterday Six Apart announced that they had acquired Danga Interactive, Inc., makers of LiveJournal blogging service. Six Apart’s Mena Trott provides some insight and a link to a FAQ to help explain the acquisition and answer questions. [hat tip: Six Apart kauft LiveJournal, Das E-Business Weblog, Martin Röll]

I’ve watched Six Apart grow from a small company of two people, Ben and Mena Trott, creating Movable Type to more than thirty employees now, adding TypePad to its blogging software, partnering with Nokia for mobile blogging, and now acquiring Danga Interactive, Inc. Their press release claims that the combined user base now equals over 6.5 million users, with thousands added each day. Wow.

Last month, Ben and Mena Trott, founders of Six Apart, who created Movable Type and TypePad, were recognized as “People of the Year” by PC Magazine.

WordPress Continues to Grow in Popularity

WordPress, created mainly by Ryan Boren and Matthew Mullenweg, is becoming increasingly more popular, with over 100,000 downloads of WordPress 1.2 as of last October, and describes itself as a “state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.”

I’ve continued to hear nothing but good things about WordPress, and I’m impressed with its growing following. WordPress continues to be free, although they gladly accept donations, of course! If your webhost supports PHP and MySQL, there’s a good chance you can use WordPress. Check out the WordPress website for details and features.

Speaking of awards and recognitions, ArsTechnica just named WordPress the 2004 Web Application of the Year! [hat tip: ArsTechnica : Web Application of the Year, WordPress Development Blog]

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