Blogs turn 10--who's the father?
Blogging has been around for about a decade now--depending on how you define it and whom you ask.
By Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache
Published: March 20, 2007, 4:00 AM PDT
Someone, somewhere created the very first Web log. It's just not quite clear who.
It may not be one of the Internet's grandest accomplishments, but with the number of active bloggers hovering somewhere around 100 million, according to one estimate, there are some serious bragging rights to be claimed by the first person who provably laid fingers to keyboard in the traditional bloggy way.
Was the first blogger the irascible Dave Winer? The iconoclastic Jorn Barger? Or was the first blogger really Justin Hall, a Web diarist and online gaming expert whom The New York Times Magazine once called the "founding father of personal blogging"? >>>
Blogs: The evolution
Sometime in 1971
Stanford's Les Earnest creates the "finger" protocol.
The finger protocol becomes an official standard.
Swarthmore student Justin Hall begins compiling lists of links at his site, links.net, and continues adding to the site for 11 years.
Early online diarist Carolyn Burke publishes her first entry for Carolyn's Diary.
Dave Winer launches Scripting News, which he calls the longest-running Web log currently on the Internet.
Slashdot begins publishing "News for Nerds."
Jorn Barger's RobotWisdom.com site apparently becomes the first to call itself a Web log.
Sometime in 1999
• Brad Fitzpatrick launches Livejournal, which he calls his "accidental success."
• Peter Merholz of Peterme.com declares he has decided "to pronounce the word 'weblog' as 'wee-blog.' Or 'blog' for short."
• The word "blog" first appears in print, according to dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster.
Three friends who founded a San Francisco start-up called Pyra Labs create a tool called Blogger "more or less on a whim."
First crop of blogs nominated for the "Bloggies" award.
First version of Movable Type content management software becomes available.
Google acquires Pyra and its Blogger software.
First official version of WordPress open-source blogging software released for download.
Six Apart releases first version of its Typepad blogging service.
Boston-based Steve Garfield launches his video blog, considered one of the first such "vlogs."
VeriSign buys Dave Winer's Weblogs.com. Around the same time, AOL snaps up blog publisher Weblogs Inc.
Veteran blogger Jason Kottke abandons his yearlong attempt to live off of micropayments through his blog.
Members of the Media Bloggers Association are among the first bloggers to receive press credentials from a federal court.
Freelance video blogger Josh Wolf becomes the longest-serving journalist behind bars in U.S. history, on contempt charges.