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History of the blog
Blogs started as an extension of the use of computers and creation of the earliest forms of the Internet. Before the World Wide Web, people interacted on these networks. Individuals wrote content and stored it on computers that were connected to the networks. Before they became popular, communities often communicated and shared frequently-updated content through community message boards. The term “newsgroups” was used to describe many of these discussion and information-sharing areas.
The earliest blogs began around 1994 as open access diaries. Individuals shared updates about their lives, such as personal thoughts and facts about events related to their families, academic studies, career, travels and other topics. The media and public really started noticing the content and documenting its formation approximately 1996.
The date of the first use of the term “blog” is still debated by scholars. Most believe that it happened in 1999 as the natural truncation of a particular description of this type of content, “web log” or “weblog,” into shortened form. Some debate exists on pronunciation. The term describes a diary or log located and accessible on the World Wide Web. As time passed, some people thought that “weblog” should be pronounced “we blog” to refer to the action of blogging.
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