Laura Blackwell

Laura Blackwell

Laura Blackwell's title is PCWorld Downloads Editor, but she can't keep her hands off cloud software, either.

Articles by Laura Blackwell

Meet Slack, a chat tool with collaboration talent to spare

Save your team from the chaotic mishmash of email, chat, and other discrete communication tools. Slack's file sharing and its ability to integrate cloud services make sharing information much easier.
8 years ago

Afterlife of an MMO: Glitch’s offbeat art enters public domain

Acclaimed oddball MMO Glitch wasn't commercially viable, but its art and other assets were too good to leave alone. Tiny Speck has made more than 10,000 pieces of art, animations, and code available under a Creative Commons license.
9 years ago

Flickr co-founder once again bounces from games to business

Flickr rose from the ashes of Game Neverending. Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield's new business software, inspired by the behind-the-scenes work of his company Tiny Speck, took the forefront when he shuttered his more recent MMO, Glitch.
9 years ago

This is how you shut down your MMO’s servers for good: Glitch’s graceful exit

Players immerse themselves in MMOs, building characters and inhabiting strange worlds. But when those worlds end forever, it's usually not with a bang but a whimper. Tiny Speck CEO Stewart Butterfield wanted to give Glitch players and developers a more satisfying ending, and the result is a model for how to destroy a virtual world.
9 years ago

Requiem for a game: Quirky MMO Glitch to close

Glitch walks the balance between naughty and cute, funny and sweet, personal and world-spanning. This hard-to-describe game only briefly left invitation-only beta, and didn't build the audience it needed to survive. It will close December 9.
10 years ago