LiveJournal Acquisition Solidifies Six Apart's Leadership in Blogging Software, Now Powering Over 6.5 Million Weblogs for Individuals, Corporations and Institutions San Francisco, CA -- January 6, 2005 -- Six Apart, makers of the highly acclaimed Movable Type publishing platform and TypePad personal weblogging service, today announced that it has acquired Danga Interactive, Inc., the operators of the popular service LiveJournal, for an undisclosed amount of stock and cash. With the acquisition, Six Apart solidifies its position as the industry's recognized leader in weblogging software across all markets, and LiveJournal can continue its rapid growth trajectory under Six Apart's umbrella. As of today, the combined user base of both companies exceeds 6.5 million users, with thousands more added daily.
LiveJournal, an online community organized around personal journals, is run by Danga, a Portland, Oregon-based company founded by Brad Fitzpatrick in 1999. LiveJournal has helped fuel the rapid growth of weblogging by offering consumers both free and paid subscriptions to its easy to use personal publishing blogging tool, built on open source software. Every week, over 860,000 users update their blogs. LiveJournal's users are predominately in their teens and twenties, younger than users of Six Apart's other products.
As part of Six Apart, LiveJournal will continue to operate as a separate division and will continue to foster an active community around the globe. Brad Fitzpatrick, Danga's founder, president and lead developer, will join Six Apart as the company's chief architect, extending his proven skills in scaling large services to the rest of Six Apart's products. The Danga staff will remain dedicated to LiveJournal and Six Apart expects the staff to grow as it invests in the service. LiveJournal will continue to distribute a large portion of its software under various open source licenses. Six Apart intends to invest in the LiveJournal software, which will remain separate from Six Apart's Movable Type and TypePad products, with dedicated engineering and support teams for each product. (more... )