Happy 7th Birthday, Blog!

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

I created my blog 7 years ago today so I’d just like to say thank you to some who made it possible for me to inflict my views on you in this fashion. These are the blog’s inventors–slightly weird looking as you’d expect…

 

Beardy, here, is Jorn Barger, credited with creating the term “weblog” in 1997, from whence our activity derives.

 

Peter Merholz, who is just plain creepy looking, sorry, moved things a step further by coining “blog” from “weblog” by dividing the word into “we blog” in 1999.

Things move glacially in the blogging world don’t they–two whole years from weblog to blog.

 

Then we come to Evan Williams, who gives us two for one! First, he created Blogger in August 1999, which was bought by Google in 2003. Blogger made the whole enterprise easy and, if Wikepediais right (my research is impeccable, no?) there are over 156 million blogs.

Williams didn’t stop there. Believing small is beautiful–a Schumacherian–he went on to invent Twitter.

“We now have the entire world in one hundred & forty characters. What more do we need? So I shall just say, Happy Birthday my blog, have fun!”

See? 140 characters!

 

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