Thursday, April 12, 2007

Blogs mark the first 10 years

"Check this out. Amazing!" It took just a brief sentence, and after those four words a revolution followed.

The first entry on Scripting News effectively ushered in the first blog 10 years ago. In the intervening years, these online diaries have been touted as the future of media, labelled "pathetic drivel", and caused court cases, prison sentences and international incidents. But love them or loathe them, bloggers around the world have ensured incredible growth for the medium. The latest figures indicate an estimated 70-million blogs in existence, with about 1,5-million posts being written every day.

Scripting News, written by the prickly New Yorker Dave Winer, began with a whimper rather than a bang: his first entries were little more than a list of websites he had visited that day. But despite its lacklustre launch, the site became one of a small coterie of online destinations that began the revolution.

The word "blog" was not officially coined until two years later, but over the past week bloggers have gathered around the web to celebrate this ad-hoc anniversary.

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