Ben and Mena Trott, creators of Moveable Type (Six Apart) are looking to bring the next generation of blogging power to the masses with “TypePad.” Details of the service are expected to follow soon but the Guardian has a story previewing some of the features:
"Technically, Typepad has embraced all the new things that have appeared or been requested in the blogging world in the past year. There is a built-in photo album creation tool, for instance, as well as a built-in Blogroll - a list of all your favourite sites, or lists of books and music you are reading and listening to.”With Google’s acquisition of Pyra Labs’ Blogger and MT’s new initiative, the tools and visibility of personal publishing appear to be hitting a critical mass. It should all make for an interesting year.
“The standout feature is the template maker. Users can design their blog without knowing, or seeing, any HTML code whatsoever and with a very great range of control.”
“Other features include real-time statistics, posting by email, and automatic creation of Friend of a Friend data - instantly taking an experimental standard and taking it to the mainstream."