Update aims for a friendlier Blogger

by admin August 15, 2006 at 4:00 pm

Blogger, a self-publishing platform owned by Google, released on Tuesday a beta with features such as tagging, friends-only posts, and templates designed to be easier to use.

The site has long been a fixture of the self-publishing world. But now that blogging has become a genuine cultural phenomenon, Blogger has had some catching up to do.

The beta, or test version, has three major components:

?¢‚Ǩ¬¢ Blogs now feature labeling, which is more generically known as tagging. This means people can categorize their posts with keywords in the same manner of Flickr or Delicious.

?¢‚Ǩ¬¢ Posts can be “locked” and viewable only by readers whom the blog owner designates.

?¢‚Ǩ¬¢ Some drag-and-drop capabilities have been added to Blogger’s template-editing functions–previously only controllable by a few yes/no buttons and HTML.

Only a limited number of existing Blogger users will be able to immediately download the beta, according to the company. Newly created accounts, however, will have access to beta features. So if existing Blogger users want to test-drive the beta, the company said, they can try it out with a new account that can later be merged into an existing one.

Full article: CNET News.com