is offering free trial accounts for its new Web logging service. The service was developed using Macintosh technology, according to its makers — Sparkpod was programmed using Apple’s own Webobjects software, designed using Macs and is hosted on Apple Xserves.
Web logging, or “blogging,” gives users a way to publish their own ideas, comments and criticisms online. Many tools and technologies exist to manage Web logs, ranging from complicated setups that require knowledge of database technologies and rather expensive third-party Web hosting to graphical front end client applications that drive simple HTML Web page creation.
Sparkpod itself does not require users to download software, nor does it require any specific Web programming or separate hosting technology. Its developers tell users that they can get started in about five minutes or so. Features include commenting, image uploading, auto-archiving, design templates and automatic announcements.
“Sparkpod was created because there was a need to create a straight forward, easy to use, and well designed place for people wanting to get started with web logging,” explain the developers.
Users can sign up for a free 60 day trial; after that, it’s US$24.99 per year.