happy birthday mr. blog – you’re 10 years old!

The word weblog, from which blog is derived, was coined by Jorn Barger on December 17, 1997 to describe his pioneering web page, Robot Wisdom; weblog was actually meant to be an abbreviation for “logging interesting web sites” in Barger’s journal (the first “blog”).  A decade later, the professional blog watchers at Technorati track more than 70 million blogs.To put the growth of blogs in perspective, it is estimated that in 1998 the number of blogs online was a head-spinning 23. But that changed in 1999 as the tools with which people could blog became easier to use and more ubiquitous on the web. That same year weblogs became “blogs.” Technorati estimates that there are now 120,000 new blogs being created every day, with 17 posts being added every second – a total of 1.5 million per day.

See the original story on BBC News here
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