Monday, June 12, 2006

2. Chronology of Events / Development of Weblogs

1992
The very first weblog and first website was created by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN (http://info.cern.ch/). The link is however no longer available.
Tim Berners-Lee started a technological revolution and the website is now archived at World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a value that is immeasurable.

1993 - 1996
National Centre for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) took over for a while, followed by Netscape, which became the trigger for websites and eventually, weblogs.

February 1996 - January 1997
Dave Winer did his first weblog, as part of the 24 Hours of Democracy - a celebration promoting free speech on the Internet.
What he did glued the community together, along with a mail list that was hosted by AOL. In April 1996, he began a news page for Frontier users, which became Scripting News on 4th January 1997.

Other early weblogs include Robot Wisdom, Tomalak's Realm and CamWorld.

Rebecca Blood, author of The Weblog Handbook, notes that a significant site listed only 23 weblogs in existence at the beginning of 1999. Later in 1999, the media started noticing weblogs and drew attention to the phenomenon. The proliferation of free weblog-creation programs in 1999 made blogging a hugely popular pastime.

Before that, most weblogs were hand-coded by web developers and others who taught themselves HTML. The new programs made it easy for anyone to create their own weblog.

Blogger was released in August 1999 and was an immediate hit. By October 2000, Blogger users were creating 300 new blogs a day, and the Blogger directory had over 5,500 blogs listed. In November of the same year, the 10,000th Blogger weblog was created. As of 2002, Blogger claimed over 750,000 users.

Sources:
UserLand Software: The History of Weblogs
http://www.userland.com/theHistoryOfWeblogs

Yahoo! - What are blogs and how did they become so popular?
http://ask.yahoo.com/ask/20021115.html

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