Blogs: The evolution
Sometime in 1971
Stanford’s Les Earnest creates the “finger” protocol.
The finger protocol becomes an official standard.
Early online diarist Carolyn Burke publishes her first entry for Carolyn’s Diary.
Slashdot begins publishing “News for Nerds.”
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.
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.”
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.
- The History of Blogging: 12 Years of Blogs (blogworld.com)