Blogs: The evolution
Sometime in 1971
Les Earnest, currently a senior research scientist emeritus at Stanford University, creates the finger protocol.
The finger protocol becomes an official standard.
Swarthmore student Justin Hall begins compiling lists of links at his site, links.net, and continues adding to the site for 11 years.
Early online diarist Carolyn Burke publishes her first entry for Carolyn's Diary.
Dave Winer launches Scripting News, which he calls the longest-running Web log currently on the Internet.
Slashdot begins publishing "News for Nerds."
Jorn Barger RobotWisdom.com site apparently becomes the first to call itself a Web log.
Sometime in 1999
Brad Fitzpatrick launches Livejournal, which he calls his "accidental success."
Sometime in 1999
Peter Merholz of peterme.com declares he has decided "to pronounce the word 'weblog' as 'wee-blog.' Or 'blog' for short."
Three friends who founded a San Francisco start-up called Pyra Labs create a tool called Blogger "more or less on a whim."
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."
VeriSign buys Dave Winer's Weblogs.com. Around the same time, AOL snaps up blog publisher Weblogs Inc.
Veteran blogger Jason Kottke abandons his yearlong attempt to live off of micropayments through his blog.
Members of the Media Bloggers Association number 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.