Google Writes A Check To Writely

    March 9, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

Jen Mazzon today confirmed on the Google Blog rumors of Google acquiring the online word processing service

As part of the Upstartle startup, Mazzon served as vice-president of marketing. Her marketing efforts proved successful as the Writely beta launched in August 2005 and quickly gained an approving audience entirely through blog posts and other word-of-mouth.

The success has now been validated by Google’s purchase of the collaborative word processor. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The joy at joining the search advertising company, however, was very much disclosed by Mazzon in her post.

Another Writely worker expressed the top ten reasons with a top ten list of reasons for lots of Google love:

10. Writely is like a caterpillar that we hope to make into a beautiful butterfly at Google!
9. We love Google’s philosophy and values — especially “Focus on the user.”
8. We’re as passionate as Google is about respecting users’ privacy.
7. Many of our users are already Google fans using other Google services.
6. Being at Google will help us do more great things faster.
5. Some people didn’t feel comfortable trusting a tiny startup with their documents…and we’re no longer a tiny startup.
4. We like lava lamps and they’re pretty much standard decor at Google.
3. Three words: Free Googleplex lunches 😉
2. As fun as it’s been to launch a popular, global, 24×7 Web service, it’ll be nice to take a vacation once in a while!
…and the number one reason???
1. We’ll be able to bring Writely to not just thousands but millions of users — the more, the merrier :-)

People who want to give Writely a try now will have to join a waiting list. Writely will move its architecture to Google’s networks, and as a result has place registering for the service on hold until that has been completed.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.