A small company called Pyra Labs started ‘Blogger’ in 1999. A bigger company called Google bought them in 2003. Google went public in 2004. Google is today the biggest internet company in the world (by market cap).
In the years 2003-2006 Google (after its ‘search’ dominance) strung together a massive eco-system that included Blogger as a content publishing tool, Ad-sense as a monetization channel for content publishers, YouTube as an in-browser video platform that allowed embedding of videos in blogs (or any webpage), that together gave massive momentum to the era of ‘UGC’ (User Generated Content).
Matt Mullenweg started WordPress in 2003-2004, when he was all of 19 years! His company Automattic (triple pun on – automatic, attic, and his own name – Matt!) runs some of the best software used both by individuals as well as enterprises. Today, one-fifth of the internet runs on WordPress! Way bigger than Blogger. Way bigger than any other CMS (Content Management Service) platform.
At 29 years, Matt Mullenweg is just 4 months older to Mark Zuckerberg.
Yet, it is the founder of Facebook, who has been the runaway darling of popular media and investors alike.
WordPress completes 10 years exactly a month from now.
About time, the world recognized the stellar contribution of Matt and his team.