People and organisations who host their Blogger blogs outside of Google have experienced technical problems with the service's file transfer protocol publishing functionality, prompting Google to apologise.
"Bloggers who rely on our FTP service to publish their blog to their own domain had a rough week last week. In fact, it's been a bumpy month or two. Let's start with the most important comment on this state of affairs: this sucks, and we're sorry," wrote Rick Klau, a Blogger product manager, in the official Blogger Buzz blog on Tuesday.
The upfront apology was followed by the acknowledgement that Google hasn't found a solid solution to the FTP (file transfer protocol) woes. The reason: the problems often happen when incompatibilities arise between Blogger and individual blog hosting companies, particularly when the latter get stricter about FTP logins.
"These [problems] are notoriously hard to isolate, particularly when they involve coordinating support with a third party," Klau said.
There is growing concern about incompatibilities among providers of online services, as cloud computing's popularity grows.
For users to fully enjoy the advantages of hosted IT services and SaaS (software as a service), cloud computing vendors must play nice with each other. For individuals, organizations, developers and publishers, cloud computing's benefits diminish if vendors limit interoperability among their platforms, leading to fewer choices and less flexibility.