Blogging is ten, maybe twelve, or twenty-four years old

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blogging_platforms.gifThe Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article over the weekend suggesting that blogging is now ten years old.

According to the article, the first blogger is “regarded by many to be Jorn Barger”, who “began his business of hunting and gathering links to items that tickled his fancy, to which he appended some of his own commentary, on Dec. 23, 1997.”

What appears to be closer to the truth is that Jorn Barger was the first person (or one of the first people) to coin the phrase ‘blog’, because other sites reckon that blogging has been around for much longer than a decade.

In fact, I was reading a fine site back in 1994 that, to all intents and purposes, was a blog.

Social Computing points way back to 1983 – which would make the art of blogging at least 24 years old.

Either way, and though not everyone likes bloggers, it’s fairly significant that blogs are being positively reported by the likes of the WSJ – even if they have got their facts a little skewed.

Happy birthday, blogging – however old you are.

(Via Blog Herald)

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