Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Brief History of Blogging

Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Brief History of Blogging

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A blog, which is short for "web log," is a discussion or informational site published online that consists of discrete entries or "posts" that are usually displayed in reverse order-the most recent first. The word "blog" can also be used as a verb-meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990s coincided with the advent of web publishing tools that made it easy for non-technical users to post content.

These days multi-author blogs (MABs) from media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups and similar institutions account for an increasing amount of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter, Instagram and other popular "micro-blogging" systems help integrate MABs and single-author blogs into the social media news stream.

Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and send messages to each other. …

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