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Live Journal offers basic accounts... again

Due to many complaints from users of LiveJournal the company announced it will again offer basic accounts. Unlike most other free blogging platforms, LJ's basic account has limited capabilities but the bonus of no advertising. The option of signing up for a basic account was removed in March. Makes sense considering a free account with no advertising generates no money for LJ and in fact,...

Zemanta: it's like cruise control for blogging

If you love writing, but hate the grunt work of blogging - like inserting relevant links, tags, and images, Zemanta might be for you. It's available as an add-on for Firefox or Internet Explorer, and a plug-in for Wordpress or Movable Type, and it automatically adds some useful stuff to your blog posts in progress on most of the major blogging platforms. It suggests links and applies them to the...

LiveJournal kills free basic account offer

If you go to sign up for a new LiveJournal account, you may notice something missing. The company behind the blogging service/social network has removed the Basic account option, while leaving the Plus and Paid options in place. For $2 a month you get the ability to post more picturs, receive more notifications, and store more media online than you could with a free Plus account. And you don't...

BlogBackupOnline goes pro

BlogBackupOnline plans to end its public beta next week with the launch of version 1.5. Most existing users won't notice much difference. BlogBackupOnline will continue to scan your site daily and perform a complete backup of your Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal, or other blog for free. But some customers with larger blogs will be prompted to sign up for a paid subscription. The cutoff point is...

WordPress.com users now get 3GB of online storage

Automattic, the company behind the WordPress blogging platform have dramatically increased the online file storage capacity for free WordPress.com blogs. How dramatically? Well bloggers used to get 50MB of space for images and documents. Now they can upload up to 3GB. For free. If 3GB still isn't enough, you can upgrade to 5GB for $20/year, 15GB for $50/year or 25GB for $90/year. Google's Blogger...

Six Apart sells LiveJournal to SUP

Popular blogging platform LiveJournal is changing hands. Six Apart, the company that's been running LiveJournal since early 2005 is selling the site/platform to SUP, a Russian media company. SUP has set up an American company with the clever name of LiveJournal Inc, to manage LiveJournal. SUP isn't a stranger to LiveJournal. The company has been managing LiveJournal in Russia for the past year....

Flock 0.9 takes off tomorrow

Flock, the Mozilla based web browser still under development in private beta, is getting a nice overhaul with its 0.9 release tomorrow. If you're not familiar with Flock, it was released in 2005 with much anticipation and hype as the social network browser. Flock was created to integrate various social networks into one browser platform so you could conceivably post items to your blog, update...

LiveJournal removes 500 accounts, promises to restore some

So this group called Warriors for Innocence complains to LiveJournal that some of the pages and communities hosted by the service violate LiveJournal's terms of service and are run by pedophiles. In response, LiveJournal removes about 500 journals. LiveJournal hosts millions of journals, so the easiest way to do this was to remove (not delete) sites with "objectionable" interests, such as...

Post2Blog 3 released as freeware

Post2Blog is a really handy WSIWYG blog editor for publishing posts to blogs on a number of platforms including WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, and a few dozen others. While the program used to cost $39, Bytescout Software has released version 3.0 as freeware. In other words, you have absolutely no excuse for not checking it out. Here are some of the highlights: Live spellechecking ...

Vox goes live, open to the public

Vox, the blogging-meets-social-networking site from Movable Type company Six Apart, has finally opened its doors to the public after several months of invite-only beta testing. I've been using Vox for a few months, albeit very lightly, but I must say that that as social networking and blogging sites go, it feels very stable and streamlined. In addition to all the tools you'd expect in a blogging...

SixApart aquires Rojo and Nooz

That famous and cutting edge blogging company SixApart, responsible for TypePad, Moveable Type, Vox, and LiveJournal today announces that it will gobble up social news aggregator Rojo along with Rojo's Nooz. According to TechCrunch, SixApart is planning to "sell a majority interest in the services business within a few months" (Barak Berkowitz, SixApart.com). We're guessing that means part of Rojo...

LiveJournal adds Jabber messaging

Those that have been keeping up with Six Apart's open source work may be aware of DJabberd, which is a framework for building Jabber chat servers (Jabber, of course, being the open IM protocol that powers Google Talk/Gmail Chat). It's unsurprising, then, that the company has just announced the integration of a Jabber server into LiveJournal. Though I use the term "integration" loosely--for now...

Six Apart gets funding, buys SplashBlog

Six Apart, the company that owns popular blogging software Movable Type and web services TypePad and LiveJournal, has been busy lately. According to TechCrunch, they've raised $12 million in VC funding and, more interestingly (to me, at least), acquried SplashBlog. SplashBlog is a service for blogging and photoblogging from mobile phones and PDAs, and it's reasonable to expect Six Apart to...

Top 10 Web Moments of 2005

In December 1990 there was a single web site on the Internet, and by the end of 1991 that figured had jumped to ten. Today there are millions of sites and billions of pages, and the web is a universe unto itself. It's impossible for any one person to keep track of even one percent of the interesting stuff happening on the web, but still we try until our favorites folders are overflowing, our...