A definite distinction is starting to form in this whole multi-user blogging approach between the ‘all in one’ solutions and the more-or-less independent possibilities.
For example with Drupal you can either give each user an install of Drupal as their own blog/CMS or you can have one install of Drupal and users can maintain their weblogs within that.
Also, there are quite a few systems coming along at the moment which incorporate Social Networking Tools (FOAF etc.) as well as providing blogging tools, such as Elgg (which Seb reminded me I am actually a member of the other day ;o). Drop me a comment on this post if you’d like an invite to try it out.
And I guess LiveJournal is a well established kind of independent / linked in approach.
I feel some sort of examination coming on… Xanga springs to mind… any other significant social-network-integrated blogging platforms out there? Open source ones? ‘Integrated’ blogging systems as opposed to the kind of independent ones I’ve rolled over so far? (or do any of those have ‘integration’ capacities I’ve overlooked?)