Six Apart announced that NTT Communications, Japan’s largest telecommunication company, has licensed Six Apart’s popular TypePa software to power NTT’s forthcoming “Blogzine Weblogging Service.”
“The weblog is the next generation standard in communication after email and the World Wide Web,” said Ms. Youko Kobayashi, Director of OCN Service at NTT. “NTT is committed to bringing easy to use weblogs to end-users through Blogzine. From a long-term perspective, we are happy to have chosen Six Apart, the leader in the industry, and TypePad, Six Apart’s highly acclaimed weblog tool.”
Starting March 30, 2004, NTT will offer its Blogzine Weblogging Service to its over four million subscribers of OCN (*), one of the largest Internet Services in Japan. The service will be provided with both an entry level service without additional charge and three fee-based services with advanced features such as photo albums.
Weblogs, commonly referred to as “blogs” for short, are one of the fastest growing phenomena on the web, with millions of webloggers all over the world participating in the medium by publishing their thoughts on any topic in this simple, richly linked format. Six Apart, founded by the husband and wife team of Ben Trott and Mena G. Trott, has been a technological innovator in the weblog space since its launch of Movable Type in October 2001. The company’s second and highly-acclaimed product, TypePad, offers a hosted service with powerful yet intuitive tools for creating accessible, media-rich weblogs and photo albums.
“We are pleased NTT has selected TypePad for their Blogzine Service,” said Six Apart’s CEO and co-founder Mena Trott. “NTT customers will now have the tools to use the Internet and weblogs to communicate in new ways with their family and friends, and we’re excited that our software will be reaching an entirely new audience.”
Separately, Six Apart announced the appointment of Nob Seki, Representative Director and Country Manager of Japan, to head Six Apart KK, a wholly owned subsidiary formed to further commercialize the company’s weblogging software and services for the Japanese market. He is joined by Daiji Hirata, who serves as Six Apart KK’s Corporate Officer of Technology.