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Blogging Like it’s 1999

Do you blog?

If so, chances are that you’ve been at it less than 11 years. This is because blogging as a popular pastime didn’t really catch on until around 1999. While your blog – if you have one – isn’t even a teenager yet, it has experienced some milestones. In case you missed them, or are just a little curious, here’s a brief history of the blog.

  • December 1997 – First use of term “weblog” when two words, “web” and “log” are combined.
  • 1999 – The term “blog” is used for the first time when “weblog” is shortened.
  • March 1999 – Blogging becomes much more accessible with the launch of free blogging platform LiveJournal  (www.livejournal.com).
  • August 1999 – Blogger is launched (www.blogger.com).
  • 2002 – Technorati is launched as a search engine exclusively for blogs (www.technorati.com). It becomes easier than ever for readers to find new and interesting blog content.
  • 2003 – Google buys Blogger.
  • September 2004 – The blogosphere takes center stage during the presidential election when bloggers challenge the validity of a CBS report by Dan Rather. CBS eventually retracts the story and traditional media takes a blow.
  • 2006 – Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is fined by the NBA for comments he posted on his blog criticizing the refs.
  • 2008 – Technorati claims to be actively indexing 113 million blogs. This is greater than the entire population of Mexico.

Today – According to BlogPulse, there are over 126 million blogs, and the most popular blog in the world (based on links from other bloggers) is SlashDot.org, offering “News for Nerds”.

Blogging has evolved beyond a simple web journal to chronicle our daily mood swings. Today, blogs reach far into corporate and personal lives; they can launch careers and destroy them. They can turn you into a celebrity and they can get you fined.

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