Is Six Apart Services Killing Smaller Movable Type Designers and Developers?

The Six Apart announcement that they acquired a major Movable Type design firm have sparked some reactions. Personally, I’ve been debating whether I should look into Movable Type or not, now that it’s available in an open-source license and everything. Prior to that, it wasn’t an option for me, I like my platforms to be open.

Anyway, the launch of Six Apart Services, a branch that will offer Movable Type development and design, makes me even more cautious of moving into this sphere. A Six Apart branded firm will be very hard, if not impossible, to compete with.
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Movable Type Weekly News Wrapup

Ever since Lorelle began her “WordPress Wednesday” series, I’ve been eager to see a similar column for Movable Type which is why I’m particularly excited to be writing here today! Before I dive into Movable Type news, let me briefly introduce myself. I’ve been an active member of the Movable Type community, having written a number of popular plugins, co-founding The Style Contest/Archive and building the new plugins directory.

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Denton scores 7 nominations for Bloggies

The 2005 Bloggies, the blogosphere’s oldest blogging awards have annouced their nominees for this year, with Nick Denton’s Gawker Media leading the field with 7 nominations, with Wonkette scoring three nominations including Best American Weblog, Best Weblog about Politics and Weblog of the Year, Defamer scoring nominations for Best New Weblog and Best Entertainment Weblog, and Gawker and Gizmodo rounding out the list with nominations for Weblog of the Year and Best Computer or Technology Weblog.

Amongst other nominations from the world for blogging for business include WeblogsInc’s Engadget, with a nomination for Best Computer or Technology Weblog, Canadian company Ludicorp’s Flickr photo sharing service with nominations for Best Meme and Best Web Application for Weblogs, andSixApart’s Movable Type blogging software for Best Web Application for Weblogs.

Perinial blogging favourites Boing Boing featured with nominations for Best Group Weblog and Weblog of the Year, and Slashdot with nominations for Best Computers or Technology Weblog and Best Community Weblog.

The biggest shock in the nominations was the overlooking of any number of very high profile political blogs by the panel, with notables such as Times Blog of the Year Powerline and The Daily Kos missing out on nominations to the fairly low profile Low Culture, which is more satirical and gossip that politics, 3 way political blog WatchBlog, Pandagon and

Past winner and MovableType refugee Scriptygoddess, now high priestess of WordPress plugins is up for another year with a nomination for Best Web Development Weblog.

A number of web pioneers have been overlooked again this year, notably Dave Winer, with Tom Coates from Plastic Bag and Derek Powazek lining up as favourites for the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Voting will close at 10:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time on 3 February 2005, with The Weblog Award ceremony will be held at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas on Monday, 14 March 14 at 12:30 PM.

TypePad to Launch Tuesday

TypePad, the paid blogging system from Six Apart (makers of our favourite blogging tool Movable Type),will launch in preview release Tuesday (Monday 11:59pm US Eastern Time- 11:59am Tuesday Western (Australian) Standard Time) with some excellent features and competitive pricing structure which will provide some much needed competition to the Google controlled giant Blogger.
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