Movable Type turns 5

Movable Type logo 2001

Five years ago today Benjamin Trott and Mena Grabowski Trott released Movable Type 1.0. About 100 copies of the blogging software was downloaded within the first hour of availability, and over 500 people had requested notification of each release.

We’ve never claimed to be the best.

We’ve never presented MOVABLE TYPE as the program that will revolutionize weblogging.

We’re just developing a system with a lot of the features that we’ve heard users are looking for.

Luckily, we’ve received a lot of good word of mouth. People are hoping that MT will be THE program and THE solution.

A brief history

Movable Type launched Six Apart, a company that originally made money through paid custom installs, donations, and commercial licenses. The company later hosted its own version of Movable Type named TypePad, selling monthly subscriptions and licensing the hosted group blogging software to companies around the world. Six Apart bought LiveJournal in January 2005. Six Apart has recently been working on Vox, its first blogging software written from scratch with the resources of a 125-person company.

Happy birthday Movable Type and Six Apart. Five years seems like such a long time looking back before the multiple VC rounds, women baring their breasts in protest outside the office, Christmas parties, and over 100 employees around the world.

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Commentary on "Movable Type turns 5":

  1. anjanbacchu on wrote:

    hi there,

    TYPO : “Five years seems like such a long time looking back before the multiple VC rounds, women bearing their …”

    You meant “women baring their …”


  2. Niall Kennedy on wrote:

    Yep, I realized that mistake and corrected a few minutes before your comment. Hit refresh and all is well!

  3. Craig Danuloff on wrote:

    As a user for at least 4 of those years, I find it very sad how little MovableType has been improved over these years. They may have helped grow blogging in the early days, but they’re holding it back now with software that is 1000X too hard to use and customize and lacking almost any signs of maturity feature wise. They keep moving up the version number with no visible improvements – each time they hype builds and the release disappoints. I’m glad they did something good 5 years ago. What have they done for us lately? Nothing.