The only wholesale weblogging service for ISPs and Webhosting providers to earn new revenue from rapidly growing market
TORONTO, CANADA, May 10, 2004 — Tucows Inc. (OTCBB:TCOW) today announced the general release of Blogware, its easy-to-use weblog publishing service designed specifically for retail by the service provider industry, including ISPs and web hosting companies. With Blogware, service providers can now quickly enter the fast growing weblogging market with little risk and no upfront investment. Blogware helps service provider’s customers share what they want, when they want, with whom they want – via their desktop, handheld or cellular telephone.
“Our resellers count on us to enable them to capitalize on profitable markets,” said Elliot Noss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tucows Inc. “Weblogging has emerged as a rapidly growing segment of the web publishing market. Our goal was to create an easy-to-use application for the customer specifically designed to be retailed by service providers. We used an extensive beta program to gather market intelligence and fed that information directly to the service developers. As a result, Blogware is a mature service our resellers can leverage to capture first-mover-advantage in this emerging market.”
Blogware makes it easy for all internet users to publish online using its rich drag and drop layout, editing and digital photo management tools. Users can manage who has permission to view sensitive or confidential information. Blogware generates a broad range of leading standards based syndication formats including RSS, OpenReviews and OPML. Blogware is a turn-key service that resellers can adopt to quickly capitalize on this new market opportunity.
“Blogware has enabled Rackshare to create BlogHarbor, our weblogging service, by allowing us to focus on what we do best: providing our customers with outstanding service and a strong community,” said John Keegan, President of Rackshare. “Since it is a managed solution, Blogware frees us from the responsibility of hardware and application maintenance and allows us to focus exclusively on our customers and their needs. Our BlogHarbor weblogging service has been welcomed by small businesses searching for an easier way to communicate with their customers and by individuals seeking to start web-based conversations with friends, family, and other Internet users.”
Blogware is available immediately. Interested service providers can visit http://resellers.tucows.com/blogware. End users can visit http://www.blogware.com for more information and a list of service providers.
Tucows Inc. is a leading wholesaler of Internet services to a global network of more than 6,000 resellers such as ISPs and web hosting companies. Tucows provides a range of outsourced Internet services and products, including: domain name registration and management, digital certificates, managed DNS, and email services. The company is the largest ICANN-accredited wholesale domain name registrar. Tucows also distributes software and other digital content through its global network of affiliates offering more than 40,000 software titles. For more information, please visit: www.tucowsinc.com.
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