SixApart Comet Is Now Vox

Six Apart, the San Francisco-start-up behind Moveable Type and TypePad blogging platforms is adding a third one to the mix – Vox.

Up until recently, Vox was known by its code-name, Comet. It is a platform designed to maintain total control over the content published by the bloggers. SixApart has invited a few folks to take a look at the preview edition of the service. Comet, as you might remember, was supposed to be released in early 2006, but was delayed. Company executives had promised that an early version of the software would be available before end of may 2006. Some of the top level features include

* It allows you to control exactly who gets to see each of your posts and photos,
* It allows you to see all the posts from your friends and/or family on one page,
* It allows you to bring in content from other web services such as YouTube and Flickr.

Though the company is not likely to release the full version of the service until fall 2006, you can see that it is inspired by LiveJournal and has elements of social networking built into the service. My first impressions of this very early version of the service:

Pros:

* Despite all the Web 2.0 goodness, it is still simple and straight forward service for non-techies.
* The beautiful templates are going to make it popular with the mainstream users.
* It is relatively easy to add personal content such as photos and videos.
* Composing posts is rather simple.

Cons:

* It doesn’t work on Safari. (Okay that is just my personal gripe.)
* More as I find them.

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