Blogsmith to launch in early 2007

blogsmith Blogsmith to launch in early 2007One of our beloved readers and an AOL staffer has let us know that Blogsmith is gearing up for an early launch in 2007. It’s competitors should obviously be a bit shaken. They include MovableType and WordPress.

Blogsmith was originally developed to power early blog network pioneer, Weblogs Inc founded by Jason Calacanis.

Blogsmith was developed by Brian Alvey.

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  1. WordPress is the best and will continue to be the best I don’t know why you mentioned MT it sucks big time

  2. MT is still usable for some applications. But I agree WordPress Rocks.

  3. I just went to the horse’s mouth and he said it was news to him.

  4. Paul,
    Is that corporate speak? I mean deny deny deny is traditional corporate speak.

    Youtube denied a sale was in the works.
    MySpace too.

    People like to be able to be in control of their news.

    For all we know AOL might can Brian Alvey and launch it without him.

    Crazier stuff has happened at aol.

  5. No doubt about that. Maybe AOL’s right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. If you’d like, take a look at what Brian told me over at my blog.

  6. The link above and below goes to Brian’s Response to the news.

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